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2016 Fast Pitch Winners

Posted by Sujata Agrawal

A rummage sale app for K-12 schools developed by a 13-year- old entrepreneur (featured on King 5), an eco-friendly alternative for death care, a solar-powered safe water solution for disaster areas, and an app for direct donations to the homeless – these were some of the outstanding ideas that were awarded prizes at the SVP Fast Pitch 2016 Final Showdown.

It was an evening of inspiration and innovation as philanthropists, impact investors, and community leaders came together at McCaw Hall to see and hear 14 social entrepreneurs present their social impact solutions and compete for over $200,000 in grants and prizes. You could feel the buzz of excitement as you entered McCaw Hall. The smiles, greetings and the hum of more than 800 voices filled the lobby. At the Innovator Showcase, the semifinalists and finalists of Fast Pitch 2016 presented their enterprises to community leaders and discussed ways they could collaborate with others to make the region stronger.

“What is so inspiring about Fast Pitch is the passion and commitment that the innovators have to building a better world and providing a brighter future for us all. And what is equally inspiring is the generosity and the compassion of the communities in the Puget Sound region,” says Lisa Nitze, President & CEO of SVP Seattle.

The audience was on the edge of their seats, inspired by the 14 finalists who presented their social enterprises in a high pressure, five-minute pitch before a panel of judges. The innovators, ranging from high school students to young executives shared their stories of systems change and developing solutions to critical problems facing the region and the world. The audience was invited to participate in the voting, selecting first and second winners.

Check out Fast Pitch winners and watch their pitches below. Plus, meet all of our finalists and semi-finalists who are doing incredible work in our community and THANK YOU to all of the innovators, coaches, judges, mentors and volunteers who made this possible!

iRummage (Belle Pan)

iRummage is an online donation platform for buying and selling goods for the benefit of schools. It also offers a hands-on platform for children to learn about business practices. (Check out Belle’s interview with interview on King 5.)


1st Place High School Venture — $2,000
BECU Financial Empowerment Award – $2,500
Uber Award — $500 credit

STEMcademy (Neha Hulkund)

STEMcademy is an educational organization aimed at increasing STEM interest through education to elementary and middle schoolers.


2nd Place High School Venture — $1,000

SafeCase (Anne Roethe)

SafeCase is empowering women by providing easily accessible date rape protection in the form of a phone case, allowing discreet and cost-efficient everyday protection.


1st Place University Venture — $2,500
Uber Award — $500 credit

ATJ Tech Fellows (Miguel Willis)

ATJ Tech Fellows is a legal fellowship program designed to train law students on the varied use of technology to expand legal access, cut costs, and improve service delivery.


2nd Place University Venture — $1,500
Microsoft Philanthropies Innovation Award — $10,000
Starbucks Opportunity Youth Achievement Award – $2,500

Urban Death Project (Katrina Spade)

Urban Death Project is developing a new model of death care called Recomposition that is scalable, regenerative, and based on nature’s processes.


1st Place Startup Nonprofit — $12,000
1st Place Audience Choice Award (Funded by the Microsoft Alumni Foundation) — $3,000

In-kind services from the Grow50 Consortium (a value of more than $40,000)
Uber Award — $500 credit

WeCount (Graham Pruss)

WeCount strengthens the social safety net by enabling a peer-to-peer economy where people can easily donate specifically requested items to the homeless.


2nd Place Startup Nonprofit — $3,500
Impact Donor Choice Award — $2,000

COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL Technology Innovation Award – $2,500
Starbucks Civic Engagement Innovation Award – $2,500

Yoga Behind Bars (Nicole Tsong)

Yoga Behind Bars shares yoga and meditation with incarcerated people to promote rehabilitation, build safer communities and contribute to the reform of the corrections system.


1st Place Established Nonprofit — $15,000
SoulCraft Allstars Storytelling Award – $20,000 in filmmaking services
In-kind services from the Grow50 Consortium (a value of more than $40,000)
Uber Award — $500 credit

Inspire EduDesign Lab (Elham Kazemi)

Inspire EduDesign Lab is a summer institute for teachers to drive their own professional learning in collaboration with one another, and with support from UW experts.


2nd Place Established Nonprofit — $4,500

Urban Forest Carbon Registry (Semi-Finalist)

Urban Forest Carbon Registry is helping to make Puget Sound and American cities greener and healthier by enabling urban tree-planting projects to earn carbon credits for sale.


Carter Subaru Environmental Award – $2,500

PotaVida (Charlie Matlack)

PotaVida‘s mission is to create products for the disaster response and international development sector that accurately capture usage data and distil it into actionable reports. Their first product is a sunlight-driven household water purifier that electronically records usage.


For-Profit Winner
In-kind services from the Grow50 Consortium (a value of more than $40,000)
In-kind legal assistance from Lane Powell PC (a value of $10,000)
Uber Award — $500 credit

GiveSafe (Jonathan Kumar)

GiveSafe provides low-cost electronic ‘beacons’ to individuals struggling with homelessness through nonprofits partners. The technology allows people to give into a fund the individual can use on critical needs with a case manager’s help.


2nd Place Audience Choice Award (Funded by the Microsoft Alumni Foundation) — $2,000
WinWin Tri-Sector Innovation Award – $2,500
In-kind legal assistance from Lane Powell PC (a value of $5,000)

Beta Hatch (Virginia Emery, PhD)

Beta Hatch helps farmers grow more food with its insect agriculture approach. It produces insects on an industrial level, to harness their incredible potential to turn waste into nutrients for livestock and plants.


In-kind legal assistance from Lane Powell PC (a value of $5,000)

VIA Global Health (Noah Perrin)

Via Global Health has created an open distribution and logistics platform for suppliers of health technologies to sustainably and affordably address the needs of the 6 billion people in emerging markets. Its mission is to improve global access to healthcare innovation.


In-kind legal assistance from Lane Powell PC (a value of $5,000)

See all the pitches on our YouTube channel >>


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