“Social innovators” make pitch, win grants at Seattle Center

By Brier Dudley

More than 600 people are expected at the Social Innovation Fast Pitch event tonight at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion, where 14 ventures are making pitches in the final round of the event.

The event’s theme is “New Ideas for Social Impact,” and presenting ventures include services for organic farmers, special-needs students, alternative energy and K-12 teachers.

Winning non-profits will share awards totaling $100,000. Awards of $75,000 are available for winning for-profit ventures. Judging is by a panel with members from 11 different business, education and philanthropic organizations.

Competitors include two team of high school students and two of college students.

They’re all pursuing funding from Social Venture Partners Seattle, a local chapter of SVP. Backers of the event include Ashoka Seattle, Bezos Family Foundation, the Microsoft Alumni Foundation, Social Venture Partners and Bill and Paula Clapp.


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Appeared in The Seattle Times on October 3, 2011.

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