Elevating Impact Summit Pitch Fest

Every year, five social entrepreneurs present rapid pitches about their ventures to a panel of impact investors and an audience of 500 supporters. The audience winner is selected by live audience vote, and takes home a $1500 prize.

Finalists are all at early stages of launching a social enterprise concept or existing venture, either for-profit, nonprofit or hybrid, that uses business tools to address a major social or environmental problem. 

Welcome 2018 Pitch Fest Finalists 

Eber Health is leveraging technology to accelerate the world’s transition from diagnostic care towards Preventive care by proding convenient ways to change consumers' daily health and wellness habits.

Business for a Better Portland provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to participate in the political process, and engage in critical community issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, transportation, economic development and equity

Aurora Career Technical Education (AuroraCTE) has created an education center located at the State Aurora Airport, where students can learn about construction, maintenance, avionics, controls, and piloting, and develop sought after professional skills, in a town where opportunities are limited. 

Nature Commode  delivers a replicable, sustainable sanitation/nutrient reclamation alternative to a porta potty. The structures, which collect nutrients and convert them to valuable fertilizer, are devoid of toxic chemicals and provide an entirely new experience. 

Proud Pour makes organic, vegan wines then use the sales for restoration projects related to the impacts of the food and beverage industry on the environment. Projects include repopulating oysters, and cultivating wildflowers for the vitality of the bee population. 

PITCH FEST ADVISORS & PANELISTS 

  • Juan Barraza, Portland State University Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Tory Campbell, Prosper Portland 
  • Jacen Greene, Portland State University Impact Entrepreneurs
  • Jarvez Hall, Warner Pacific College
  • Jenn Lynch, Portland Seed Fund

Alumni Testimonials

julie sullivan pitch fest finalist

2017 Pitch Fest Finalist
Julie Sullivan, Co-Founder, Ground-Up PDX

“It was a great growing experience to learn to articulate our business pitch and have the opportunity to share about it with a large audience. Not only that, but the connections made with those who attended were invaluable.”     

Six months after Julie's pitch, Ground-Up PDX has grown to more and larger retail stores, and employed 9 women as a part of their employment training program.                                                    

Nadya Okamoto

2016 Pitch Fest Winner
Nadya Okamoto, Founder, PERIOD

"I was so inspired by each of my fellow Pitch Fest finalists. As my organization grows and I face new adversities, these are the people that motivate and empower me."

When Nadya pitched her idea in 2016 she was in high school, and was piloting an innovative local initiative. Now PERIOD has 110 campus chapters and reached more than 150,00 people with period products and advocacy.

Oliver Alexander Orchid Health

2014 Pitch Fest Winner
Oliver Alexander, Co-Founder, Orchid Health

"It was great to connect with socially minded individuals and businesses. Plus, we loved getting valuable feedback from experienced attendees while making connections that are still part of our network today."

In the two years since Orion Falvey and Oliver Alexander pitched Orchid Health, they opened a second clinic, and developed a team of 22 employees.