Live Pitch Fest
Pitching live at the event, six early-stage startups vied for $1500 cash and in-kind legal support from Immix Law during the Social Innovation Pitch Fest. Winners were chosen by audience vote and announced during the cocktail reception.
Pitch Fest finalists were using an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to address a social or environmental problem.
THE FIRST PLACE AUDIENCE VOTE WENT TO ORCHID HEALTH
Over the past decade, health insurance costs have risen over 100%. While costs go up, care quality has decreased because insurance companies don’t pay providers sustainable rates. Orchid Health’s solution removes health insurance from primary care by having patients pay a monthly fee of around $50. This model, along with locating in Medically Underserved Areas, which allows Orchid to profitably serve those on Medicaid and Medicare, makes Orchid unique and ready to grow quickly.
THE SECOND PLACE AUDIENCE VOTE WENT TO SAFI WATERWORKS
Safi means ‘clean’ or ‘pure’ in Swahili. Safi Water Works is a social purpose enterprise addressing two complex global issues: providing safe, clean drinking water and creating income-generating opportunities for some of the world’s poorest. Safi manufactures and distributes products that use off-the-grid/human sources to power an ultraviolet disinfecting process that results in safe drinking water. Products are designed to be economical and effective and appropriate for urban communities throughout the developing world.
This year's startups were:
- Oliver Alexander, Orchid Health
- Amy Doering Smith, Safi WaterWorks
- Aaron Kilgore, Live Forest Farms
- Ila Asplund, Half Sky Journeys
- Ryan Carson, Treehouse Island
- Katrina Scotto Di Carlo, Supportland
Find out about all the finalists here.
Gun Denhart, Hanna Andersson
Melissa Durham, Oregon Community Foundation
Molly Lindquist, Founder & CEO of Consano
Special thanks to our Pitch Fest sponsor: