SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Oct 21, 2015) - Social Venture Partners (SVP) today announced 14 finalists in its Fast Pitch social-impact innovation competition. The finalists are vying for more than $400,000 in grants, investments and prizes.
The finalists will present five-minute pitches before a panel of luminary judges and a crowd of approximately 1000 attendees who represent Puget Sound's top entrepreneurs, civic leaders and social change-makers. The "Final Showdown" gala event takes place at McCaw Hall on October 27th. Tickets are still available at: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/seattle/fast-pitch/buy-tickets-fast-pitch-finals/
Since 2011, Fast Pitch has awarded approximately $1.2 million in grants, investments and prizes to social impact programs throughout the Greater Puget Sound. Through the generous support of community members large and small, the 2015 award pool has grown to an unprecedented $400,000 for this year's finalists.
Finalists have been selected through a rigorous five-month application and competition process for the best socially innovative programs in the following tracks: high school, college, start-up for-profit, early stage nonprofit and established nonprofit. A complete list of finalists can be found at: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/seattle/news/2015-svp-fast-pitch-finalists/
The power-packed panel of judges and their unique backgrounds can be found here: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/seattle/fast-pitch/read-recent-news/
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 over a million dollars in grants and investments, and helped hundreds of innovators build their social change organizations. SVP 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: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/seattle/fast-pitch/
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.