SOURCE: Social Venture Partners

Social Venture Partners

October 05, 2015 14:38 ET

SVP Fast Pitch Announces Social-Impact Semifinalists to Compete for $400,000 in Grants and Investments -- Get Your Tickets Now!

5th Anniversary of Pitch Competition Shatters Fundraising Records, More Than Doubling Award Pool

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Oct 5, 2015) - Social Venture Partners (SVP) today announced the semifinalists in its Fast Pitch social-impact innovation competition. The 28 semifinalists, including eight in high school and college, are vying for more than $400,000 in grants, investments, and prizes. These entrepreneurs are honing five-minute pitches for their outstanding social-change ideas on their way to the Final Showdown at McCaw Hall on October 27. (Tickets are still available!)

SVP Fast Pitch launched in 2011 and awarded $175,000 in grants and investments. Through the generous support of community members large and small, the 5th annual award pool has grown to $400,000 in 2015.

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.

The semifinalists have advanced through a series of elimination rounds evaluating their plans and presentations in the key areas of societal impact, innovation, organizational sustainability, leadership, and, of course, pitching. A full list of semi-finalists can be found here:

The semifinalists will compete again on Wednesday, October 7th. The top 10 nonprofit or for-profit presenters, as well as four student teams, will earn the opportunity to present in a fast-pitch format on the big stage at Seattle's McCaw Hall on October 27th in front of 1,000 of their closest friends.

The Final Showdown will be judged by distinguished leaders in business, investment and community affairs from the Puget Sound region. At the same time, the audience will participate through text message voting to select the most innovative program and the best pitch. Tickets are on sale now at with a portion of the ticket price donated to the competing social innovators. 

"The purpose of SVP Fast Pitch is to create a forum that brings forward the most innovative social ventures and nurtures those ideas through coaching, mentoring and competition," said Will Poole, SVP Fast Pitch originator. "Our semifinalists have excelled in developing and refining their social innovations throughout the competition. Congratulations to them and to all SVP Fast Pitch participants for their creativity, commitment and hard work to bring new ideas for social impact to our community."

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:

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.