2013 Fast Pitch Final Showdown
Check out some highlights from the Final Showdown. For more photos from the whole contest check out the SVP Fast Pitch Gallery.
SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown: Oh What A Night!
Were you with us November 13th doing your part to support your favorite Innovator in the Final Showdown Showcase? Need a refresher on just how amazing an evening it was from start to finish? In a word: Awesome.
Elegant McCaw Hall was buzzing with 23 Innovator teams in the Exhibitor Showcase mixing and mingling with entrepreneurs, social impact leaders, investors, and philanthropists both before and after the "PitchDown." 13 Finalist presenters walked on and took center stage and delivered their best "Fast Pitch" to seven judges, 19 investors, and an attentive and enthusiastic audience, each vying for top spot in their category. They also competed for the "Audience Choice" vote, and awards specially sponsored by Impact Donor attendees, the Microsoft Alumni Foundation and Washington Women's Funding Alliance. Drum roll please....
We started out with more than 100 applicants back in May and now we are down to thirteen finalists who move on to the Finals Showdown on November 13th at McCaw Hall from 4:30pm - 9:30pm. Please join us in supporting all of these great innovators, cheer them on, have some great food and get a chance to talk with all of the Finalists and the Semifinalists who will be presenting a poster about their great organizations.
And without further delay your 2013 SVP Fast Pitch Seattle Finalists!
Alumni Update: Viva Farms
The idea for Viva Farms connects aspiring farmers, many being current farm workers, become farm owners. Now in their third season they have surpassed $200,000 in sales and have a solid growth plan for expanding our infrastructure and increasing sales. They currently have 12 farm businesses operating out of Viva Farms, representing over 20 individuals and some additional hired farm labor. All of their land is full and they are looking for land to expand. more
Alumni Impact: Viva Farms
Started in 2010 by husband and wife team Ethan and Sarita Schaffer, Viva Farms provides individuals the means and resources to start independent agricultural endeavors. In 2011, Viva Farms was awarded top honors at SIFP, including the Social Venture Partners Award and the Audience choice awards for Best Pitch and Most Innovative for a total of $40,000. Many that go through the program and lease the land have made viable agricultural businesses for themselves. (photos by Daniel P. Bassett 2013)
More photos can be found at the SVP Fast Pitch Seattle Gallery
SVP Fast Pitch Seattle(formerly known as SIFP) is a fast-pitch granting and investment forum highlighting New Ideas for Social Impact, presented by Social Venture Partners Seattle. Nonprofits and for-profits compete for over $250,000 in grants and investments and the opportunity to present cutting-edge ideas to as many as 1,000 of the most engaged social impact leaders, philanthropists, and investors around Seattle.
In addition to a chance at funding, this year's applicants will be eligible for even more awards! Over 50 applicants will share in $40,000 in Google App Engine credits. 40 applicants will share in $20,000 in co-working at the HUB, Seattle's premiere address for social innovators. Over 50 applicants will each be eligible to apply for $20,000 of Google Cloud* for their organization, wow! Ten applicants will receive ongoing support and mentorship from Fledge, the "conscious company" incubator.
* Google Cloud includes App Engine and/or Google Cloud Storage, Google Compute Engine, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud SQL, Google Translate, Google Prediction API