SOURCE: Social Venture Partners

Social Venture Partners

July 27, 2015 12:00 ET

Calling Entrepreneurs: Compete for $250,000 for Your Social-Change Innovation

Annual Pitch Competition Celebrates Five Years of Support for Local Change-Makers

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Jul 27, 2015) -  Hurry! There's still time for social impact entrepreneurs to apply for Social Venture Partners' Fast Pitch Seattle program -- a pitch competition that Bill Gates called "a clever way to connect early-stage nonprofits and social entrepreneurs with potential funders." The application deadline for for-profit entrepreneurs is August 8.

Do you have an idea for a new way to solve the tough social problems in the Greater Puget Sound region -- like how to help children read, recycle old clothes or connect small businesses with funding? You can hone your pitch and business plan through workshops, networking events and mentoring. Build relationships with advisors, donors, investors and partners. Then, compete for a piece of $250,000 in investments that we plan to award. If you make it to the SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown, you'll make your five-minute pitch to a panel of celebrity judges and an audience of 1,000 on October 27 at McCaw Hall.

Applications for nonprofits and students have already closed, but there's still time for for-profit innovators to apply. You can also get tickets to attend the Final Showdown! Visit bit.ly/svpfastpitch15.

SVP Fast Pitch is generously supported by companies and organizations committed to entrepreneurial spirit and the Puget Sound region. The for-profit investment fund is supported in part by the Keiretsu Forum and the Seattle Angels Conference. SVP Fast Pitch Benefactor Sponsors: Microsoft and Outerwall. Platinum Sponsors: Microsoft Alumni Foundation, Comcast and Women's Funding Alliance. Gold Sponsors: GoDaddy, Google and Molbak's. Silver Sponsors: Point B, Win/Win Network and Grayling. PR Sponsor: Grayling.

About SVP Fast Pitch:

Now in its fifth year, SVP Fast Pitch Seattle connects social innovators and entrepreneurs with business, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders who want to help them amplify their impact. Since its inception in 2011, SVP Fast Pitch has awarded nearly a million dollars in grants and investments, and helped hundreds of innovators build their social change organizations. Fast Pitch Seattle has been supported by more than 500 volunteers and was founded by a team of partners from SVP, led by local technology leader and philanthropist Will Poole. For more information about SVP Fast Pitch, please visit bit.ly/svpfastpitch15.

About Social Venture Partners:

Social Venture Partners is a philanthropic organization, but they do more than give away money. SVP amplifies the impact of those out to do good by cultivating effective philanthropists, funding and strengthening nonprofits and investing in collaborative solutions to help kids and protect the environment.