SOURCE: Social Venture Partners

Social Venture Partners

November 02, 2016 11:00 ET

Seattle's Social Innovators Shine at SVP Fast Pitch 2016

Winners Include a Rummage Sale App for K-12 Schools Developed by a 13-year-old Entrepreneur, an Eco-Friendly Alternative for Death Care, a Solar-Powered Safe Water Solution for Disaster Areas and an App for Direct Donations to the Homeless; Social Venture Partners (SVP) Fast Pitch Event Is the Northwest's Top Social Impact Pitch Competition And Acts As A Catalyst For Social Entrepreneurs Looking For Capacity-Building and Funding to Support their Ventures

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Nov 2, 2016) - A rummage sale app for K-12 schools developed by a 13-year-old entrepreneur, an eco-friendly alternative for death care, a solar-powered safe water solution for disaster areas, and an app for direct donations to the homeless -- these were some of the outstanding ideas that were awarded prizes at the SVP Fast Pitch 2016 Final Showdown.

It was an evening of inspiration and innovation as philanthropists, impact investors, and community leaders came together at McCaw Hall to see and hear 14 social entrepreneurs present their social impact solutions and compete for over $200,000 in grants and prizes. You could feel the buzz of excitement as you entered McCaw Hall. The smiles, greetings and the hum of more than 800 voices filled the lobby. At the Innovator Showcase, the semifinalists and finalists of Fast Pitch 2016 presented their enterprises to community leaders and discussed ways they could collaborate with others to make the region stronger.

"What is so inspiring about Fast Pitch is the passion and commitment that the innovators have to building a better world and providing a brighter future for us all. And what is equally inspiring is the generosity and the compassion of the communities in the Puget Sound region," says Lisa Nitze, President & CEO of SVP Seattle.

The audience was on the edge of their seats, inspired by the 14 finalists who presented their social enterprises in a high pressure, five-minute pitch before a panel of judges. The innovators, ranging from high school students to young executives shared their stories of systems change and developing solutions to critical problems facing the region and the world. The audience was invited to participate in the voting, selecting first and second winners.

About SVP Fast Pitch
SVP Fast Pitch connects social innovators with Seattle's philanthropic community, business leaders and impact investors interested in supporting their solutions and helping them to scale. The Innovators apply to compete in five categories -- High School; University; Startup Nonprofit; Established Nonprofit; and For-Profit Social Enterprise. Selected applicants go through four months of intensive mentoring and training, while competing in elimination rounds, to prepare for the Final Showdown.

About Social Venture Partners
Social Venture Partners is a philanthropic organization. SVP amplifies the impact of those out to do good by cultivating effective philanthropists, funding and strengthening social sector organizations and investing in collaborative solutions around education and the environment.


High School
1st Place - iRummage, Presenter- Belle Pan
2nd Place - STEMcademy, Presenter- Neha Hulkund

1st Place - SafeCase, Present- Annie Roethe)
2nd Place - ATJ Tech Fellows, Presenter- Miguel Willis

Startup Nonprofit
1st Place - Urban Death Project, Presenter- Katrina Spade
2nd Place - WeCount, Presenter- Graham Pruss

Established Nonprofit
1st Place - Yoga Behind Bars, Presenter- Nicole Tsong
2nd Place - Inspire EduDesign Lab, Presenter - Elham Kazemi

Winner: PotaVida, Presenter- Charlie Matlack


Impact Donor - WeCount
Microsoft Alumni Foundation - Audience Choice Award (1st place) -Urban Death Project
Microsoft Alumni Foundation - Audience Choice Award (2nd Place) -GiveSafe


Microsoft Philanthropies Innovation Award - ATJ Tech Fellows
Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. This award will support the project that most demonstrates that spirit and shows the most potential for meaningful social impact.

BECU Financial Empowerment Award - iRummage
BECU is guided by the philosophy of "people helping people." This award will support the project that embodies and furthers that spirit.

Carter Subaru Environmental Award- Urban Forest Carbon Registry
Carter Subaru is On the Road to Carbon Neutral by having planted over 140,000 trees so far in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The Carter Subaru Environmental Award will empower an organization that brings innovation to minimizing environmental impact, addressing an environmental issue, and/or demonstrating environmental conscientious practices.

COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL Technology Innovation Award- WeCount
Comcast's community initiative is to inspire each individual to make a positive impact on society by harnessing the power of technology. This award supports the project that connects our communities and most exemplifies the spirit of innovation.

Starbucks Opportunity Youth Achievement Award- ATJ Tech Fellows
Starbucks celebrates efforts to engage youth who dream big and seek a pathway toward education and employment. This award recognizes a team for their innovative efforts to help create pathways to opportunities for today's otherwise disengaged youth.

Starbucks Civic Engagement Innovation Award- WeCount
Starbucks recognizes those who help create social change by elevating civic engagement through service and voter participation efforts. This award recognizes a team of innovators who are working to help create solutions for today's complex problems our communities face. 

WinWin Tri-Sector Innovation Award - GiveSafe
WinWin creates an ecosystem that enables the private sector to innovate with the social and public sectors and invests in WinWin companies that delivers strong economic and social returns. This award recognizes the WinWin company with a scalable, profitable business model that will thrive through the implementation of a synergistic, tri-sector mindset. 


Grow50 Consortium:

  • 1st Place Startup Nonprofit: Urban Death Project
  • 1st Place Established Nonprofit: Yoga Behind Bars
  • Winner For-Profit: PotaVida

Lane Powell PC:

  • 1st Place PotaVida
  • Runners up- Beta Hatch Inc., GiveSafe, and VIA Global Health.

When a social entrepreneur harnesses the power of market forces to innovate beyond what traditional business has been willing to risk to improve the lives of people and the planet that is a story worth telling. That story will inspire others to support you. That is why we will select one social entrepreneur and tell your story for free. Our gift is a catalyst so that you can change the world. 

  • Award winner: Yoga Behind Bars

Uber is committed to expanding economic opportunity in the Puget Sound region. The company has been a multi-faceted partner for SVP, helping to recruit participants from among its driver-partner and rider community, supplying coaches to maximize the impact of participants' plans, and arranging for free uberPOOL trips to and from the event tonight. Uber also provided additional ride credits to each of the 1st place winners.

  • High School: iRummage
  • University: SafeCase
  • Startup Nonprofit: Urban Death Project
  • Established Nonprofit: Yoga Behind Bars
  • For-Profit: PotaVida