It was a gray and chilly morning, but the cloudy skies could not dampen the excitement and enthusiasm of the 39 Innovators and Fast Pitch Volunteers as they arrived at The Commons on Microsoft’s sprawling Redmond Campus .
The Orientation Picnic Day was the first time the SVP Fast Pitch 2016 Quarterfinalists were meeting each other. The excitement in the room was palpable as high school and college students mingled with change makers from nonprofit organizations. The formal presentation was followed by lunch, a delicious spread of fruits, salads, sandwiches, chips and cookies. The Innovators talked and ate in equal measure, as they shared their passion and zeal to make a difference to the community in their own ways, big and small.
“We want to help women overcome challenges they face. We will have a co-working space with onsite childcare as well as mentoring and financing.” – Eva Monsen, one of the team members who started Women’s Business Incubator with Marlene Weiss. Her expectations from Fast Pitch: networking and funding.
“ATJ Tech Fellows Program will help fellow law students leverage technology to increase civil access legal service delivery. We are offering a 10-week training program.” – Miguel Willis, a student at Seattle University.
“Bike Works is building a connection between community members through donation of bike parts from the community.” – Selina Urena, Bike Works.
The next step for the Innovators is the Pitch Clinics that are scheduled for September 6th and 7th. In the meantime, they will be meeting with their coaches who will be helping with their pitches and presentations.
We are grateful to the Microsoft Alumni Foundation for their support in hosting the Fast Pitch 2016 Orientation Picnic.