Social Venture Partners and their set of beez neez entrepreneurs

The Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch showdown is Tuesday and the competition always starts a buzz, and this year, literally. The annual competition of local social innovators showcases entrepreneurs who find opportunity in creating wealth for everyone. Common Acre is starting with the bees who play a crucial role in the food chain.

The group is building a better home for the insects because bees are under attack by both disease and a shrinking habitat. They and other pollinators need wildflower meadows, which are becoming scarce.

This year Common Acre struck a deal to use buffer land around runways at Sea-Tac Airport to raise bees naturally and free of chemicals. The “Flight Path” project is turning scrub land into pollinator habitat and transforming a corner of the airport concourse (named Terminal “Bee”) into an art and education exhibit.

Spirit of the bee_SVP Fast Pitch 2014

The group says creating pollinator habitats will do a lot to support our local food economy. “One in three bites of food is due to bees ‘being or not.’ Can we pollinate the crops we have?” said Bob Redmond of Common Acre.

The first hives went in earlier this year and the project launched with donations. The plan is that revenue from honey sales will sustain the program in the future. Currently, 30 sites account for over 200 acres of pollinator habitat.

View all of the 14 finalists competing for a piece of the $250,000 in grants and investments.

Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch showdown   l   Tuesday, October 28th   l   McCaw Hall 5:00 p.m.   l   Tickets


* Update! Congrats to the 2014 Fast Pitch Winners!

Organization Award Track Amount
Dyslexi-type Microsoft Award Technology for Good High School Venture $10,000
Pay It Forward Women’s Funding Alliance Award for Girls & Women. Established Nonprofit $7,500
Pay It Forward Tableau Foundation Slalom Data Innovation Award Established Nonprofit  $10,000
InvestNextDoor Outerwall/Points of Light Civic Venture Award Startup For-profit an opportunity to win $50,000
SEEDclassroom Impact Donor Award Startup For-profit $3,500
Evrnu Audience Choice Award Startup For-profit $3,500
Evrnu, SEEDClassroomBike Works Grow50 3 winners $120,000 in consulting
Dyslexi-type First Place High School Venture $1,500
Club What  Second Place High School Venture $500
Scholarship Junkies First Place University Venture $4,000
MiPS Bank Second Place University Venture $1,000
Tiny Trees First Place Startup Nonprofit $15,000
Edge Schools Foundation Second Place Startup Nonprofit $3,000
Unleash the Brilliance First Place Established Nonprofit $20,000
Bike Works Second Place Established Nonprofit $4,000
Evrnu First Place Investment Fund For-Profit $140,000
Lendr Second Place Investment For-Profit $55,000
Recovery Cafe Most Improved Established Glory
Select Semifinalists & Finalists Angel Checks All tracks 20-$500

– See more at: