Seed IP Law graciously hosted Semi-Finals today, for a second year, and the view through the windows of our 54th floor conference room in the Columbia Tower may have been a misty Seattle grey but it was still beautiful to watch raindrops collect on the glass outside. Today, all eyes and ears were on the innovators.
In the course of five non-stop hours, 29 Semi-Finalists innovators delivered further polished pitches to some two dozen Fast Pitch judges. They came nervous and they left exhilarated knowing they’d all be part of the Innovator Expo on October 27th; and possibly presenting on the big stage. Fast Pitch team members did their utmost to welcome, calm, and do a little last minute coaching to prime each speaker to face a quiet room of judges intently listening.
The visible camaraderie between the innovators is a hallmark of this pitch competition. It started in Pitch Clinics and continued through Quarter-Finals. Asked again about the highlights of their experience (by yours truly), innovators again raved about the quality and detail of the feedback from coaches and judges at each stage of the process. More than one innovator expressed gratitude for gaining clarity and direction simply by being in the process-but of course winning would be nice too!
For those not moving on to Finals there is the valuable experience of the Final Showdown Innovator Expo awaiting them. All innovators will be networking with attendees of all types before the pitch showcase begins, and have the chance to take home special awards from Sponsors and as many Angel Checks of $500 or $1000 that lucky raffle winners might bestow upon them.
Attendees of the Showdown get to participate by voting for the Audience Award too. This year marks the fifth year of Fast Pitch and I’ll implore you to join us and make it a shared group experience. Booster Packs of discounted tickets are available for three or more. Limited student tickets are available so act on getting those soon. Your presence matters!
Memorable moments from pitches today included the one time judges broke silence and laughed at the humorous picture one innovator painted with words. If you want to know who that innovator is, well, come to the event and it will be obvious (and yes, that is a ploy to peak your curiosity!)
We’d like to congratulate all of the teams that were selected to advance to SVP’s Fast Pitch finals! This list includes all five tracks as well as runner-ups. Watch them pitch on Oct. 27!
|Art Beyond Us (runner-up)||Art Beyond Us is a fellowship program that helps amateur artists grow and harness their passion for the greater good of the environment.||High School|
|Deep Roots Foods||Deep Roots Foods is a GMO free small batch food processing, co-packing, and food warehouse fulfillment company.||Startup For-Profit|
|IntelliH2O||IntelliH2O, a water purity tester app, can help decrease diseases by verifying the potability of tap water and reduce eco footprints from plastic bottle usage.||High School|
|JikoPower Inc.||The JikoPower thermoelectric generator converts waste heat generated during cooking into usable electricity.||College|
|Ladybug House||The goal is to build a palliative care home for children with life limiting illnesses offering medical support, end-of-life care, and respite for families.||Early Stage Nonprofit|
|M.U.S.T. – Mentoring Urban Students and Teens||Hire young men who grew up in at-risk environments to attend college and mentor youth who are at risk of dropping out of high school.||Established Nonprofit|
|OneWorld Now!||By adapting our leadership program to a virtual exchange platform we scale access to intercultural understanding among the US and broader Middle East.||Established Nonprofit|
|pala-linq||We provide on-the-go support for the millions in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and keep them in constant contact with loved ones to reduce relapse.||Startup For-Profit|
|Play Works Studio||Play Works Studio designs science games for girls and boys. Our mission is to inspire children to discover a passion for science and technology while having fun.||Startup For-Profit|
|Prison Scholar Fund||We create opportunities for inmates to get an education so that they never come back to prison, through direct funding for college and counseling services.||Early Stage Nonprofit|
|SafeWheel||SafeWheel's mission is to provide a safe ride into the future by reducing the amount of drunk driving incidents worldwide.||High School|
|Salish Sea Expeditions–Salish 2||SSE is committed to launching the first fully equipped Puget Sound research vessel devoted to teaching middle and high school students STEM disciplines.||Established Nonprofit|
|Seattle CityClub (runner-up)||Civic Boot Camp is a day-long training to educate, connect and empower Puget Sound residents so they can make a difference as community leaders.||Established Nonprofit (runner-up)|
|Statehouse News Project||The Statehouse Project allows voters to fund and direct capitol reporting to help level the playing field between special interests and the public interests.||Established Nonprofit|
|Step Stone (runner-up)||Step stone is a web based application that helps homeless shelters and homeless individuals attain information on the resources available to them.||College (runner-up)|
|STYLE (runner-up)||STYLE’s (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education) mission is to ignite students' passion for literature through collaborative songwriting education.||Early Stage Nonprofit (runner-up)|
|TK Threads||TK Threads empowers formerly oppressed women through long-term employment in a restorative network.||College|
|VetStartups, Inc. (runner-up)||Train Veteran developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to launch new careers and tech startups in organic, vibrant ecosystems across the nation.||Startup For-Profit|
|Vitruvian Energy, SPC||Vitruvian Energy is a socially-conscious cleantech startup that has developed a technology to convert sewage into a biofuel to be used in existing engines.||Startup For-Profit|