GO: South Seattle is thrilled to have won the Community Impact Award in this past week’s InnoVentures small business pitch contest by the South Seattle-based Ventures Nonprofit (formally Washington CASH).
“I’m passionate about helping the small businesses that invest in our community stay in our community, which is what inspired me to create GO: South Seattle in the first place, so this award is particularly meaningful for me,” said GO: South Seattle founder and publisher Amber Campbell.
The competition was a chance for Ventures business owners from the food, product, and service sectors to pitch an innovation that will increase efficiency and grow sales. Contestants worked with coaches to refine their ideas, develop public speaking skills and present their ideas.
“InnoVentures is not just another pitch contest with fantastic prizes,” said the Ventures team. “It exemplifies our core values of community, empowerment, innovation, and client success.”
Thirty businesses were accepted into the quarterfinals on March 7, with half of those businesses proceeding to the semifinals held two weeks later. After that, eight businesses were selected to go to the InnoVentures Finals on March 30, at Optimism Brewing on Capitol Hill.
In addition to GO: South Seattle, contestants included Lauren Holloway, T. M. Originals, Dalior Advanced Clinical Aesthetics, Delicious Health Foods (aka Chelo Cultured Cashew Creme), Bianca’s Cleaning Services, Bilingual Seattle, and winner Fitsum-ISM Day-of Coordinator.
A guest panel of community leaders and industry experts judged the pitches to determine winners, and business owners earned prizes and resources to expand their enterprises.
The contest was inspired by last year’s SVP Fast Pitch competition by Social Venture Partners (SVP).
It was a great night of inspirational business pitches, good beer, and networking with Ventures’ community of entrepreneurs.
Big thanks to generous sponsors BECU, Boeing, Vulcan, and Friends of the Waterfront for underwriting this event.
Amber Campbell presenting her big idea — GO: LOCAL — a growing network of digital guides to the area’s most dynamic communities, starting with GO: South Seattle which launched on Small Business Saturday (November 28) in 2015. Photo/Ventures Nonprofit