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The Social Pitch

August 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Social Pitch (formerly called Hatch Soup) provides citizens with an opportunity to receive funding and complete projects.  It is an alternative funding model for community good.

How does it work?

  1. People with great, early-stage ideas (projects or startups) that will provide lasting benefit to their community submit applications, and we pick five of them to present their ideas on Sunday, August 7, 2016.
  2.  Then, community members buy tickets to attend, which gets each attendee a delicious bowl of soup from Soup Cycle and (perhaps most importantly) a vote.
  3.  After the five presentations, the attendees vote, and the all of the votes are tallied.  The presenter with the most votes gets to pick one of our five awesome prizes. The presenter with the seond most votes gets to choose a prize next; the presenter with the third most votes gets to choose a prize next; and so on and so forth.

The Prizes (Everyone is a Winner.)
Each presenter receives:

  • Your own custom-made promotional video to use to promote their project (value: $500)
  • Pitch advice from Rosetta Shaw, Program Manager of Sustainable Valley Technology Group, an incubator/accelerator in Southern Oregon
  • 3 month full time co-working membership at Hatch (value: $825)
  • Plus, the experience and networking the finalists gain from being a part of this program and community (value: priceless).

At the event, after the votes are tallied, each presenter will choose a prize.  These are the prizes, listed in alphabetical order:

  • Branding & Design Prize: Two hours of brand identity & design consultation from Graphic Designer, Frankie Ku.
  • Cash Prize: 50% of the ticket revenue of The Social Pitch.
  • Cash Prize: 50% of the ticket revenue of The Social Pitch.
  • Legal Prize: Two hours of legal advice, from Catalyst Law.
  • Marketing Prize: Two hours of marketing advice, from ShoeFitts Marketing.

Applications are due by June 22, 2016.  Please make sure to purchase the “Presenter Application & Ticket” ticket in order to apply.

If You Are Selected to Present:
If you’re selected, you’ll be notified by June 23, 2016!  We ask a few things of the presenters, so that we can help you grow your project….

You’ll be asked to come into Hatch Lab (2420 NE Sandy Blvd), our hub, within two weeks of being selected so that we can film your promo video!!

If you don’t have a Facebook page for your enterprise/project/organization, please make one upon being selected.  We’ll be tagging you in a lot of our Facebook posts about The Social Pitch because want to help increase your social media presence! Do let us know of any other social media networks you use, as well.

For the event, you’ll be asked to prepare a five minute presentation with three slides. The slides may not have any text on them- images only!  Although we do encourage you to include the name of your project on the first slide. You’ll be asked to send us a draft of your slides by Thursday August 4, 2016.  The slides:

  1. The first slide should answer the question: Who are you and what is your project?
  2. The second slide should answer the question: What is the issue you are addressing?
  3. The third slide should answer the questions: What is your solution to the issue and which prize will be most helpful for your project?

We ask that you try to attend Rosetta Shaw’s The Pitch Clinic on August 5th from 6:30pm-7:30pm, here at Hatch.  You will practice your pitch and receive help with your presentation and slideshow at the clinic.

Your ticket price gets you a delicious bowl of soup and a vote. At the end of the afternoon, after hearing the presentations and a short Q&A session, ballots are counted, and prizes are awarded.  One hundred percent of the ticket revenue goes to funding the Cash Prizes. Your money goes directly to supporting an amazing community project or social enterprise!

Things to Know:

Is my project right for The Social Pitch?
The three main criteria for selection are 1) That your idea/project/startup helps your community (or someone else’s community), 2) That it provides lasting change, and 3) That it is currently in an early stage.

How do we define early stage? Well, if all of the prizes seem like peanuts, you’re probably not right for The Social Pitch. If you’ve already raised all the cash you need and want a platform to tell people about your idea – it’s also not a good fit. We’re looking for people who need a little leg up to bring their project to fruition.

Can I apply to be a presenter if I don’t live in Portland?
Unfortunately, no. In the past, people living outside of Portland proper were at a disadvantage because their supporters were not able to attend the event (and vote).  Furthermore, the Hatch videographers found it logistically difficult to film projects taking place outside of Portland. But absolutely anyone can attend the event.

Time Line:
May 1 to June 22 – Application period
June 23 – Finalists announced on our Facebook page
August 5, 6:30pm-7:30pm – Hatch Soup Pitch Clinic
August 7, 2pm-5pm – The Social Pitch event 

What is the Pitch Clinic?
This is an amazing opportunity for the five finalists to get feedback about their presentations.  The Pitch Clinic is a one-hour session led by the Program Manager of the Sustainable Valley Technology Group, Rosetta Shaw. If you are selected to be a finalist, we strongly encourage you attend, although it is not mandatory.

What are the monetary values of the prizes?
The Branding & Design prize is valued at $400.  The Cash prizes will be between $350-$1000 each, depending on how many people are in attendance (i.e. how much ticket revenue is raised). The Legal Prize is valued at $600.  The Marketing Prize is valued at $1000.

What if I’m not selected to present?
If you’re not selected, all is not lost. You still have a ticket to attend! At the event, you can learn from others, get a feel for what works, and also network with the community. You’ll make contacts who can help you grow your idea, and using your one-day membership, you can see how Hatch helps social entrepreneurs thrive.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
There are no age requirements to attend or apply to present at The Social Pitch.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is abundant on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhood.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email lex@hatchthefuture.org if you have any questions.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Nope – this is the digital age. We’d actually prefer if you didn’t print them out


August 7, 2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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