• Fast Pitch 2017

Congratulations to all our incredible organizations that made the inaugural Fast Pitch Tampa Bay a HUGE success!

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2017 Fast Pitch Tampa Bay


What a night!

The 2017 Fast Pitch Tampa Bay was a culmination of 13 Tampa Bay non-profits who participated in a two month business accelerator program through Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay, at the conclusion of the accelerator program each team competed for $60,000 in unrestricted cash prizes.

1st Place $25,000

2nd Place $15,000

3rd Place $10,000

Audience Award $5,000

Accelerator Participation Award $5,000

Each team had 3 minutes to "pitch" their organization, followed up by a Q&A session from a judging panel consisting of Judging was done by Phillip E. Casey, Tom Wallace, Joe Hamilton, Rochelle Friedman-Walk and James Tully. With over 400 guests in attendance for the inaugural event, the excitement was high throughout the evening! 

The 13 local nonprofits were chosen from a pool of more than 50 applicants. ECHO of Brandon, a charity whose mission is to end hunger in southeastern Hillsborough County, took the $25,000 grand prize. The $15,000 second place prize was awarded to Wheels of Success, represented by Susan Jacobs and coached by Anne Marie Campbell and Sam Giunta, and the $10,000 third place awarded was given to Girls Empowered Mentally for Success, represented by Crystal Bailes and coached by Sheryl Hunter.  Another $5,000 prize was given to Accelerator Award winner Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative, represented by Marissa Davis and Carrie Hepburn. 

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 5:30pm - 9:00pm on December 1, 2017.

Get your tickets now!  Early bird pricing ends soon.


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 a total of at least $60,000 in 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. The deadline for applications has passed for 2017.

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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