SOURCE: Social Venture Partners

Social Venture Partners

September 08, 2015 15:29 ET

See the Next Wave of Social Change Coming to Puget Sound

SVP Fast Pitch Announces Quarterfinalists in Innovation Competition; Tickets on Sale for the Final Showdown

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Sep 8, 2015) - Seattle is about to crown the next wave of great social-change ideas, and you can be a part of the action! Join us at the Final Showdown of Social Venture Partners' 2015 Fast Pitch Seattle program, a business pitch competition for social impact entrepreneurs. We'll hear from the most promising innovators and award $375,000 to both non-profit and for-profit endeavors. Be prepared for these ideas to blow you away!

Fast Pitch has selected just over 50 quarterfinalists from a competitive applicant pool who will now compete for recognition-and funding! The innovations they propose include: Converting waste heat from cooking into clean electricity. Innovative support for at-risk youth and prison inmates. New tools for teaching -- through the arts, on the water, or for kids on the autism spectrum. View a complete list of the quarterfinalists here!

The competition culminates in the SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown on October 27 at McCaw Hall, where we plan to award $375,000 - $125,000 in grants to nonprofits and $250,000 in investments in for-profit endeavors. Finalists will make five-minute pitches to a panel of celebrity judges and an audience of 1,000, including YOU. Tickets are now on sale. Get tickets now at early-bird prices, which will go up on September 30. Tickets are partially tax-deductible.

You can also support our entrepreneurs with a donation, which makes you eligible to win two tickets to the Final Showdown!

SVP Fast Pitch Seattle 2015 connects social innovators and entrepreneurs with business, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders who want to help them amplify their impact. Through the five-month program, nonprofit, for-profit and student innovators hone their ideas and messages through workshops, pitch clinics, networking events and mentoring. At the same time, they build relationships with advisors, donors, investors and partners.

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, BECU, Comcast, Blucora/Infospace and Women's Funding Alliance. Gold Sponsors: GoDaddy, Google, Molbak's and Seattle Storm. Silver Sponsors: Point B, Win/Win Network, Schwab and Grayling. PR Sponsor: Grayling.

About SVP Fast Pitch: 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 from SVP, led by technology leader and philanthropist Will Poole. For more information, 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.