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2017 Fast Pitch Tampa Bay


Wow, where to begin? The inaugural Tampa Bay Fast Pitch turned into an amazing evening of community and innovation. After going through over 50 applications, 13 organizations from across the Tampa Bay area  were chosen to participate in a 2 month accelerator program, ending in the pitch competition for $60,000 in unrestricted cash prizes. Each group had 3 minutes to "pitch" their social enterprise to our panel of judges who then had 3 minutes to ask their questions of the organizations representative.  

The energy was high, the food was great, and the drinks were flowing in Fletcher Lounge at the University of Tampa.  With the judges asking tough questions and the organizations all presenting such innovative ideas for our community, it was hard to pick an overall winner that evening.

After collaborating over the judging criteria, our panel consisting of Phil Casey, Rochelle Walk, James Tully, Tom Wallace, & Joe Hamilton chose Echo of Brandon as the overall winner for the evening taking home $25,000. Wheels of Success taking 2nd place with $15,000, and GEMS placing 3rd with $10,000. The audience award went to Starting Right, Now $5000 and the accelerator participation award went to Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative $5,000. 

Our remaining participants all did an amazing job presenting their organization, we look forward to seeing how well they all progress in 2018!

Other nonprofits who participated included:

  • University Area Community Development Corporation, which administers a Prodigy Cultural Arts Program to help at risk first through twelfth graders;
  • Directions for Living, which is dedicated to providing life-saving services to residents through its innovative Peanut Butter and Jelly run;
  • Bright Community Trust, whose mission is to create strong and vibrant neighborhoods;
  • Enactus at University of South Florida, an organization that helps students develop their talents and make a difference in the Tampa Bay community;
  • Just Learn, k-12 learning program that seeks to expose students to the planet’s biggest challenges like urbanization and food production;
  • Keep St. Pete Lit, an organization promoting the greater St. Petersburg literary community;
  • Inspiration Labs, the legal name for Tampa Hackerspace, where members have working space, training and tools to develop their creative projects; and
  • The Well, which runs the WellBuilt retail store that sells and repairs bicycles to fund community rides, safety workshops and sliding scale repairs.
  • Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative  The Collaborative works to promote and advance the health and wellness of vulnerable populations through community collaborations.
  • Starting, Right Now  Starting Right, Now (SRN) engages a
    comprehensive, continuum-of-care approach to end the generational cycle of homelessness and poverty in unaccompanied youth attending high school in Hillsborough and Pinellas County. 



What is Fast Pitch?

SVP Fast Pitch is a business pitch competition that supports nonprofits and social enterprises addressing critical needs and making a positive impact in the Tampa Bay region. This Social Innovation Fast Pitch is a free two-month accelerator and mentoring program followed by a pitch for innovative nonprofits that are effecting social change. 

Innovators tackling societal challenges are paired with business and community leaders who help accelerate their impact.

Following the accelerator, the “Fast Pitch” culminating event is an exciting high-energy, fast-moving, quick-fire competition where social entrepreneurs share the mission, vision, promise, and model of their organization and compete for cash and prizes

When is the Fast Pitch event?

The Live Pitch Fest event is October 25th 2018 at 5:30PM

Get your tickets now! Last years event sold out!


Who Should Apply?

Are you a nonprofit in Tampa Bay with talented and passionate leaders?  Do you have iInnovative, impactful, and creative ideas that can change our community and possibly the world? Are you and your team coachable and motivated?  If you answered yes to any of the above, then you are who we are looking for. In fact, we encourage all Innovative nonprofits that are striving to effect social change in Tampa Bay to get involved.  Everyone who participates will benefit.

What You Will Get 

Well, the winners will receive  cash prizes.  Everyone that participates will benefit. Just by applying you will be exposed to Social Venture Partners' network of engaged philanthropists. Access to capital and funding.  SVP partners do more than writing donation checks; we offer holistic investments in participating nonprofits through the SVP partner network.

Semi-finalists will be enrolled in a free, two month accelerator program lead by partner professionals and experts.  The goal is to elevate and empower your organization with valuable skills and insights to help nonprofits have the greatest impact.  You will also receive coaching on developing and delivering your fast pitch at the culminating competition event.

The SVP Fast Pitch is also an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other innovative nonprofits to help build a stronger social enterprise community.   

But wait, there's more!  In addition to SVP partners, the competition event will also attract other donors, government and cultural leaders, volunteers, and for profit social entrepreneurs;  all of whom can be valuable resources and connections.

How it Works


Apply right here on this site. It is quick and easy. 

Reach out to us with any questions. We want to talk with you!


From the applicant pool, finalists will participate in our two month accelerator program.  Topics include: finance, marketing, operations, leadership, fundraising and more.  The goal is to help you be sustainable and accountable. 


In addition to the capabilities enhancement of the accelerator, you will participate in coaching and practice sessions to help you refine your message, your vision and purpose and create a powerful, three-minute fast pitch of your nonprofit.


After you have received the power boost from the accelerator and have refined and practiced your pitch to perfection, you and your semi-finalist peers will be star attraction at the gala competition event. You will meet the social movers and shakers of Tampa Bay and compete for cash and prizes.


All We See is Potential.

Find Yours at Fast Pitch.




Our Story

It starts with one person. One person joins many people. Together they will help build communities able to solve our most entrenched problems. Helping individuals realize greater impact with their giving, strengthening nonprofits, and investing in collaborative solutions – we make connections that make a difference. Connections that unleash potential.

We are people for whom improving our community is part of our life’s journey. Our commitment to transform our community unites us. We are corporate executives, community leaders, volunteers, philanthropists, parents– a network of local partners connecting passion and purpose. We see the chasm between the challenges we face today as a society and the way we are engaging those challenges. Together, we have more to give. We believe improving our community is part of our life’s journey. 

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