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Fast Pitch application screeners determine Quarterfinalists

Posted by Deborah Drake

On Tuesday, July 15 at the Impact HUB in Seattle, an enthusiastic group of several dozen application screeners for the 2014 SVP Fast Pitch Program gathered to discuss the strengths and merits of the 101 applications received in the categories of For-Profit, Established Nonprofit, and Startup Nonprofit.

Their mission: to discern the Quarterfinalists for the 2014 Program.

Following the criteria of the judging rubric, the panel of screeners were looking to evaluate for:

  • Societal Impact
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Leadership and Team


With conflict disclosure agreements signed and refreshments at the ready, veteran and first time screeners began a deliberate and careful discussion. Over the course of the afternoon a very competitive process took place.

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Notable this year was the increased number of overall applications and the average number of screeners by category who looked at each application. On average, each For-Profit application was reviewed and screened by 14 of 24 reviewers; each Established Nonprofit app was reviewed by 7 of 14 screeners, and each Startup Nonprofit app was reviewed by 12 of 16 screeners.

This year more For Profit applications were submitted than in years before. Among the applications were at least four applicants who had previously applied in 2013 but had not advanced to Quarterfinals. Runners up in each category were also selected and will be provided coaching throughout August and September so that at least 40 Quarterfinalists are prepared and ready for the Quarterfinals event on September 18th.


According to first time screener Elizabeth Foley, “I felt like I was getting a behind-the-scenes peek at what’s going to be happening in Seattle and its philanthropic scene in years to come. What struck me about all of the apps was the calibre of people submitting–each one had years of experience and/or deep knowledge. The value of being involved with Fast Pitch and today as a screener is getting up close and personal with the people and concepts that are moving the needle in making positive change in our society happen.”

Michael Maine and Sonia Xu captured the afternoon of thoughtful and vibrant dialogue in photos.


When asked why should people save the date for the Final Showdown on October 28th at McCaw Hall Elizabeth Foley had this to share:

“It’s diving deep in a sea of cutting edge philanthropy–incredibly fun and inspiring. Fast Pitch is a front row seat to the best, newest, and most innovative new organizations in Seattle.  It’s amazing business acumen meets intelligent good will.”

As for the screening results—they are top secret till July 21.

Reminder: Student applications are due by end of day July 30th.


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