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High Level Sequence of Events



2012 Social Innovation Fast Pitch
Remaining Program Calendar


Pitch Workshop by Jerry Weissman

The Art and Science of Power Presentations

Monday, August 6th
Noon – 4PM

Davis Wright Tremaine
Suite 2200
1201 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101-3045

Video Pitch Clinic 1

Present, receive peer feedback, receive expert coach feedback, and go home with video of your pitch.  ONLY ONE CLINIC PER APPLICANT.

Friday August 10th, 8am - noon or 1-5pm.

Fenwick & West (law firm)
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101

Video Pitch Clinic 2 & 3 

Present, receive peer feedback, receive expert coach feedback, and go home with video of your pitch.  ONLY ONE CLINIC PER APPLICANT.

Monday August 13th 8am - noon.

Davis Wright Tremaine (law firm)
Suite 2200
1201 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-3045

Quarterfinal Competition

40 Quarterfinalists pitch in front of community judges and peers; 20 will advance to Semifinals and participate in October 18th main event.  Ashoke runs a separate parallel quarterfinal compeition for their 16 participants; 8 advance to semifinals where they will be judged in separate tracks by at the same time as the other SIFP contestants.

Thursday, September 6th
Judging all day (attendance required during only ~1 hour window for each contestant)

University of Washington Foster School of Business
Paccar Hall, rm. 291

 Semifinal Competition

20 Semifinalists plus 8 Ashoka Youth Track Semifinalists pitch in front of community judges; 14 will advance to Finals and pitch on stage in front of ~1000 people at Fisher Pavillion on Oct. 18th.

Wednesday October 3rd
Half day of judging (attendance required during only 30 minute window for each contestant)

Perkins Coie (law firm)
1201 3rd Avenue
Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101


 Final Competition

28 Semifinalists and Finalists will participate in "poster-table" trade-show-like event to connect with the community; 14 finalists will pitch on stage to compete for grants and investments.

Thursday October 18th
4:30 - 9pm community event 

Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center






Five Tracks of the SIFP Competition

One of the aspects to the 2011 SIFP program that participants liked most was the diversity of innovation we embraced. In the final competition, we had variety of presentations, including a 14-year-old with an innovative business plan around teaching kids financial responsibility, excellent university teams, three for-profit social businesses, and five non-profits ranging from early-stage to established organizations.

For the 2012 program, we are following the same model, with one important change, which is to divide the nonprofit group into two tracks: early-stage and later-stage organizations (for more on the definition of organizational stages, see http://sifp.net/apply). We have separate grants (or investments) for winners of each track, defined here.