Fast Pitch: Pitch & Learn

by Mike Hunter


Social Venture Partners is presenting its 6th Fast Pitch Challenge for nonprofits on March 1. Finalists are mentored for two months prior to competing, in an effort to help them perfect their pitch and win the attention of philanthropists. Fast Pitch and Social Venture Partners do so much to give awareness to innovative nonprofits. See some of the past pitches online.

Fast Pitch

Tues., March 1 | 4:40p – 9:00p

The 2016 Fast Pitch competition presented by Social Venture Partners is known as the Valley’s top funding competition among nonprofits, which compete to become one of eight chosen to present on stage before a panel of tough local judges to get their share of $50,000. One student organization is chosen to be the ninth presenter. Twenty-three nonprofit organizations, including three student organizations, were chosen as semi-finalists and put through a rigorous training program with business leader mentors to perfect their pitches, and the process culminates with these presentations by the nine finalists.

On March 1, 2016, these nine will present their three-minute pitches at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s judges are Pam Conboy, regional president of Wells Fargo’s Arizona Community Banking; Paulette Dodson, senior VP and general counsel and secretary of PetSmart; Neil Giuliano, president and CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership; Leezie Kim, VP and general counsel of Fox Restaurant Concepts; Susan M. Pepin, M.D., president and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust; Ray Shey, publisher of Phoenix Business Journal; John R. Selby, technology, finance and independent film executive; and Karrin Kunasek Taylor, founder and president of AZ Strategies LLC.

Tickets are available for individuals and groups, including a VIP rate that gives the guest access to a special reception with the opportunity to talk to the finalists while the judges are deliberating. This inspiring event is a great opportunity for team building for companies throughout the Valley, and is an incredible way for businesses to connect with local nonprofits.

Price: $70; VIP: $100; students: $40

Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale

Editor’s note: The 6th Fast Pitch Challenge is a great event to attend with your staff as a team-building exercise. See page 39 for details on this year’s event.

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