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Posted by Deborah Drake

Dear SVP Fast Pitch:

“Last summer my son opened an email asking him to think about entering his project into the SVP Fast Pitch social innovation contest. Just a few short months later, his idea to create Dyslexi-Type, a learn-to-type software program for kids with Dyslexia is a working prototype and he’s got a real business plan. Better yet, he’s got the passion to make this product a reality thanks to the mentoring he received through the SVP Youth Track.

Eli is a high school junior, and through the Fast Pitch Process, he has had guidance on all aspects of his social innovation business idea. He would come home from his Fast Pitch sessions energized because a UW student majoring in Informatics had taken the time to teach him how to make a more visually impactful slide deck, or the semi-final judges had advised him on questions he would need to answer when it came to sharing his idea with real investors.  In his mentoring sessions Eli learned about ways to fund his project and make sure it could be sustainable. He met other student entrepreneurs and they shared feedback with each other.

The mentoring and care the Youth Track volunteers showed Eli have impacted him in a really meaningful way. Beyond Dyslexi-Type and Fast Pitch, he’s got a great start on the skills, knowledge and confidence he needs to think through future social innovations. Anyone who’s seen Eli can tell he’s grown about 3 inches in the few months since that email arrived, but what they may not see is how much he’s grown inside too. Thanks SVP!”

Till tomorrow. 🙂

Julie (aka Eli’s mom)

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