2018 Elevating Impact Summit Pitch Fest

Date/Deadline: 01 Dec, 2017

Apply to pitch your social venture to an audience of hundreds of investors, funders, entrepreneurs, and supporters at the Elevating Impact Summit Pitch Fest. Past winners have gone on to lead statewide programs, global networks, and critical social movements. Make Elevating Impact Summit the stage for your big idea.

The Pitch Fest takes place on February 9th in Portland, Oregon as a part of the Elevating Impact Summit (www.elevatingimpact.org).

Social ventures have a primary objective of solving social and environmental problems. They may generate profit, but their models should be designed to provide maximal social or environmental benefit. Their structures are for-profit, non-profit, hybrid, creative campaign, intrapreneurial initiatives, and other forms. They address problems across issues, from housing to education, to access to capital, and they fill a need where existing organizations and institutions have been insufficient in effectively addressing the problem.

Selected finalists will be working on a social venture that fits the following parameters:
– Is idea-stage (less than 2 years) or early-stage (2-4 years)
– Addresses a significant social or environmental problem
– Is an innovative, new idea
– Has a business model with existing or potential sources of funding

You are required to submit a brief (max. 2 minutes) video showing you, the applicant, describing your social venture. You can use any recording device that can capture video. Using editing software is not required. We suggest uploading the video to YouTube or a similar platform and sharing the link.

The video is not…
– An animated version of your pitch deck
– A high-quality, carefully produced, or promotional video
– Testimonials or B-roll

Finalists will present a rapid fire pitch for their idea at the Elevating Impact Summit at the Armory Theater in downtown Portland on February 9, 2018. Following each pitch, the presenter will also respond to questions by experts on stage. The audience will vote in real-time for their favorite pitch, and the winner of the Pitch Fest will receive a cash prize and in-kind support from local service providers.

All finalists are required to participate in at least one pitch coaching session with an expert Pitch Fest Advisor. This is a great value to finalists, and if selected, we will work with you to schedule this session in January. Please plan in advance for this time commitment.

For your application to be eligible for selection, you must be registered to attend the 2018 Elevating Impact Summit. Pitch Fest Applicant full-day event passes are only $25. Select “Regular Ticket” and Enter the code PITCH18 when you purchase a ticket at www.elevatingimpact.org. If selected as a finalist, you are required to attend the full day event from 8am-4:30pm.

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