Creativity, commitment, and compassion came together to highlight local positive changemakers who are tackling San Diego’s toughest social issues at the Advance! San Diego event held on November 13th. San Diego Social Venture Partners showcased 10 impactful non-profit organizations at its inaugural fast-pitch event for non-profits.

Similar to the fast-pitch events held by venture capitalists, this competition featured 10 finalists that were selected for their ability to create significant social change and to powerfully communicate their vision. They each were given three minutes to present their story to a panel of experts and an audience of business and non-profit leaders, philanthropists, community members, and the media.

More than 85 San Diego non-profits submitted applications for the event. 20 semi-finalists participated in an intensive coaching and mentoring program, during which these outstanding contributors to the San Diego community honed their ability to convey their impact and to distill their unique stories into compelling pitches.
The first place prize of $25,000 was awarded to Leap to Success, a non-profit that empowers women who are victims of domestic violence to rebuild their lives.

Second Chance, an organization that provides job readiness skills and life skills training, was awarded the second place prize of $10,000.

Accion San Diego, a local microlending organization that provides entrepreneurs with small business financing and resources received the $5,000 third place award.
In addition to the $40,000 in awards, all finalists have access to $10,000 of in-kind services provided by partners of SDSVP in areas such as business operations, fund development, information technology, marketing, and strategic outcome planning.
A big thank you to George Chamberlin, Bree McKeen from RedStory Consulting, Advance! San Diego mentors, sponsors, semi-finalists and finalists, judges, SVP Partners and staff, as well as our enthusiastic community for making this event such a success!

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