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Congratulations Semifinalists!

Posted by Sujata Agrawal

We are pleased to announce the SVP Fast Pitch 2016 Semifinalists.

Read about our 28 Social Innovators who will pitch at the Semifinals on October 4th.



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.

FoKus is a food technology company that aims to improve the lifestyle of the average millennial and with a social motive of helping women around the world.

Make Change encourages people to give more funds to humanitarian causes through high-impact nonprofits that address social and community problems around the world.

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

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ATJ Tech Fellows Program 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.

Automated Agricultural Systems is enabling small farmers to manage water usage more effectively, decrease the use of pesticides, protect produce from frost, and reduce labor costs.

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.

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MarketShare’s goal is to build an international street food market at King Street Station that incubates restaurant startups run by low-income immigrant and refugees.

NeuroTango: Hugs that Empower helps people improve mobility, creates community, and inspires hope.

The Agape House addresses homelessness and trafficking by providing housing, education and mentoring to underserved, 18-24-year-old females who have been in foster care.

The Madrone School is a private non-profit that will provide a superior and affordable education to children with autism in the greater Seattle area.

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

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.

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

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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.

PCC Farmland Trust is committed to keeping sustainable and organic farms within Washington’s changing landscape.

Summer University wants to offer a positive alternative to the youth and increase the likelihood for post-secondary education.

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.

The Ventures Network will sell its uniquely impactful program model to other nonprofits and teach them to deliver micro-business development services in their communities.

Washington Business Week In-School Program is bringing the Business Week Program into high schools to take a community-oriented approach to their program.

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

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.

Infinut is an educational technology company for learning through games. In Jan 2016, Infinut was granted a NSF Phase I SBIR grant to build Kindergarten Math curriculum using manipulatives in touch-based games.

Partners4Housing offers community-based solutions to the housing crisis faced by people with disabilities. It helps aging parents who have an adult child with disabilities living at home to create housing solutions that meet their unique needs.

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.

SafeFlame helps families in the developing world to have clean-burning cooking fuel by leasing an affordable technology that converts waste into fuel.

SOURCE Denim’s mission is to make beautiful, functional denim jeans that are kind(er) to the environment, animals, and people. It has developed a new way of making denim, replacing toxic chemicals with an all natural material that cuts in half the amount of chemicals in a pair of blue jeans, and uses 60% less water and 40% less energy than ordinary denim production.

VIA Global Health, Inc. 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.

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