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Welcome the 2018 SVP Fast Pitch Innovator Cohort!

Posted by Jaimisa Gourley

We are pleased to announce the 21 organizations selected to participate in this year’s SVP Fast Pitch! It was an extremely competitive group of 70 applicants, all working to make social good a priority for our region.

This year Fast Pitch is piloting a number of program changes, including a move to an inclusive cohort model. Here, coaches and innovators will meet as one unit to practice, grow and collaborate on their journey this season.

Stay tuned for ongoing updates and news throughout the season! 

Organization Description Track
African Women Business Alliance  Provides African women immigrants/black women diaspora with holistic approaches and culturally responsive tools to start, grow, and scale a small business.  Startup Nonprofit
Amara  Works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family and provides essential services to the most vulnerable children.  Established Nonprofit
Audley Working to revolutionize the regional supply chain through the creative utilization of “farm waste" with the mission to enable healthy lifestyles while maximizing agricultural productivity in every community served.  For-Profit
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound  The MentorU program under BBBS, deploys an innovative mix of guided classroom curriculum and technology-supported mentoring for high school students facing academic and personal challenges.  Established Nonprofit
Cirkled in  Secure recruitment platform matching colleges and universities with high school students based on students’ holistic profile, working to close the opportunity gap for youth.  For-Profit
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association  DNDA is devoted to social, racial and environmental justice. The Restorative Justice program targets students in Interagency schools and engages students in peacemaking circles and credible messenger mentorship. Established Nonprofit
Dignity for Divas  Supports women transitioning out of homelessness through the use of a self-care platform creating pathways to success through dedicated outreach, support and an empowering workshop series.  Startup Nonprofit
Elixir  Bridges the gap between healthcare and uninsured individuals to facilitate equitable access to healthcare for all. Startup Nonprofit
Food Innovation Network  Working to enhance the local food system, increase access to healthy food, create pathways for success, and support resource and idea-sharing that engages the diverse communities of SeaTac/Tukwila and South King County. Established Nonprofit
Fuchsia Shoes  Powers the last mile for global handicraft artisans to expand their businesses in the  global market by building trust in their goods and supply chain.  For-Profit
Geeking Out Kids of Color  Focused on bringing tech into communities of color through culturally-relevant STEM education in King County. GOKiC believes by empowering kids of color with education in computer science, they will be able to use technology to make a positive impact in their communities. Startup Nonprofit
Homestead Community Land Trust Addresses the social issues of economic mobility and affordable housing by creating and preserving opportunities for low-income buyers to purchase a community land trust home.  Established Nonprofit
Refugee Artisan Initiative Empowers immigrant and refugee women with the skills to design, make and market high quality handcrafted sewn goods so they can earn a fair market wage.  Startup Nonprofit
Rebuilding Together Seattle Facilitates partnerships to improve substandard, unsafe, and unhealthy housing conditions at no cost to low-income homeowners and nonprofit facilities.  Established Nonprofit
ReStartup Academy Unlocks the untapped business potential of inmates and recently released individuals with a reentry program that reduces recidivism rates and changes post-prison life trajectories. Startup Nonprofit
School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts Improves the mental, emotional, and physical health of children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities by engaging them in the joyous creativity of acrobatics and circus arts.  Established Nonprofit
Seattle Against Slavery Mobilizes the community in the fight against sex and labor trafficking by raising awareness and creating comprehensive solutions to prevent human trafficking, better advocate for victims, enhance survivor care, and build capacity for direct service providers.  Established Nonprofit
South Seattle Women's Health Foundation – Rainier Valley Community Clinic  Provides exceptional direct care to women and families to improve health outcomes including traditionally underserved communities. Programs increase job capacity for providers of color and services are based on community-identified needs.  Startup Nonprofit
Techbridge Girls Pacific Northwest  Working to excite, educate, and equip girls from low-income communities by delivering high quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming that empowers a girl to achieve economic mobility and better life chances.  Established Nonprofit
Upower  Provides fitness classes and wellness education to underserved teens, empowering them to take responsibility for their own health through a trauma-informed approach to physical education.  Established Nonprofit
Urban Impact  Partners with families and communities to break the cycle of social, material, and spiritual poverty. Urban Impact empowers financial stability within under-resourced families through their startup school and accelerator programming.  Established Nonprofit

We thank and honor the entire group of applicants this year. 

Save the date for the Final Showdown on Saturday, November 10th! 

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