Be a Coach
Volunteer Coaches are an essential part of the training program. Coaches will attend the four coaching sessions to evaluate and give feedback to the nonprofits on their three-minute pitches. In addition, they will mentor a nonprofit between sessions to refine their pitch. A training session will be held for Coaches on how to be effective in their volunteer role, and there will be additional support for volunteers throughout the process. If you are interested in participating as a coach, please contact Diane Helfrey at diane.helfrey @ lasvp.org for more details.
“The progression was astonishing from unpolished, unfocused to smooth, crisp concepts in three minutes.
Be a Judge
I do hope to be involved as a coach again next year - it is always the case that the coaches learn the most.”
Judges are an important part of the Social Innovation Fast Pitch event. Some might say they have the toughest job in the house – to review all the three minute pitches and determine which ideas are the most innovative and have the maximum potential for societal impact. Past judges include leaders in their fields, such as Nike Irvin, Vice President of Programs, The California Community Foundation; Warren Olney, host and executive producer of Which Way, LA? and To the Point; Beatriz Solís, Director, Healthy Communities, South Region, The California Endowment; and Adlai Wertman, Professor and Director of the Society and Business Lab, USC Marshall School of Business. If you know someone who would make a great judge, please contact Diane Helfrey at diane.helfrey @ lasvp.org for more details.
“[I] was impressed with the quality of the presenters. Their three minute remarks were far more cogent
Support the Program
than the entrepreneurs I typically meet with.”
The Social Innovation Fast Pitch is made possible by the support from corporate, foundation and individual donors. Support is used to cover the program's costs, including grants awarded at the competition. Additionally, the value of contributions is leveraged significantly by over 1,500 volunteer hours contributed by Coaches and other volunteers over the course of the program. For more information, please click here or contact Diane Helfrey at diane.helfrey @ lasvp.org for more details.
Apply for the Program
The Social Innovation Fast Pitch has a competitive application process. The 2013 application period is now open - click here to apply. For more information on participating in the program in the future, click here. If you have additional questions, please contact Aya Burgess at info @ lasvp.org.
"The Fast Pitch experience is the most unique professional development I have ever completed.
Fast Pitch is a crash course in good business sense, and is a timely reminder
that non-profits play by the same rules of any well-run company."
Offer In-Kind Support
Do you have a unique skill or a trade that you think would help make the Social Innovation Fast Pitch a success? We would love to hear from you. If you can contribute to the event via in-kind donations, public relations or other ways, please contact us. Or, if you would like to offer pro-bono services as awards to the participating nonprofits, let's talk! Please contact Diane Helfrey at diane.helfrey @ lasvp.org with your ideas!
“It is tremendously inspiring to learn about the incredible, diverse work throughout the community of Los Angeles,
especially when it is presented in such a dynamic presentation."