Innovators compete to make the world a better place

Heads up tech entrepreneurs, here’s a fast pitch to keep your eyes on.

Social Venture Partners’ Fast Pitch is a competition igniting social innovation. Nearly 100 organizations will vie for over $250,000 in funding for cutting-edge solutions to the toughest social and environmental problems.

The live on-stage showdown will take place at McCaw Hall, where the competition’s top finalists will be pitching a panel of eminent judges and impact investors to win a portion of $250,000 of grants and investments.

What makes this competition a little different from the rest is that the companies will be competing for who can make the most impact, not the most money.

Social Innovation Fast PitchFor For over a decade SVP has been dedicated to building powerful relationships among people and organizations that are out to make our world a better place. They do this by bringing together donors in 30 cities all over the world and cultivate effective philanthropists, fund and strengthen nonprofits, and  their bottom line is to invest in collaborative solutions to critical social challenges.

Leading up to the competition, SVP coaches help these non-profits and for-profits on perfecting their 5-minute pitch describing their impact, economic sustainability, and ability to put money to work.

The final competition is on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4:30-9:30 at McCaw Hall and will attract over 1000 investors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and community members.

This will be the competition’s third year, a production of Social Venture Partners supported by ZINO Society.

And what’s a tech competition without crowdsourcing? Audience members will also vote for their favorite social enterprise to win bonus investments.

Winners will be selected in the categories of best established non-profit, best startup nonprofit, and best for-profit pitches. There is a separate youth competition for high school and college students.

Over 100 companies applied for Fast Pitch. On Oct 1 only 20 of the original 40 quarterfinalist moved on. This year’s finalists include: an online comparison engine that empowers patients to find reasonably priced medical and dental care, an online e-reading platform, a service to build community coalitions statewide to prevent human trafficking, and culinary training for immigrants/refugees to help them find employment.

SVP celebrated its 15 year anniversary last March. The organization’s network has grown from 100 members here in Seattle to 2,600 members in 30 different cities from Boston to Bangalore to Tokyo.

The Seattle Finals is open to the public. Tickets to the SVP Fastpitch Finals range from $50-$250.

For more information and tickets, visit Social Venture Partners Seattle