SEED20, Social Venture Partners’ (SVP) annual competition for nonprofit entrepreneurs, has just announced the SEED20 Class of 2015:
  • A Widows Path
  • A.C.E. Your Prostrate Exam
  • Adoption Support Alliance
  • Applause For The Cause
  • Brave Step
  • Charlotte Ballet
  • Charlotte Bilingual Preschool
  • Charlotte Food Innovation District
  • EmpowHERment
  • F.R.E.E.
  • Girls Rock Charlotte
  • Girl Talk Foundation
  • Green Teacher Network
  • Institute for Philanthropic Leadership
  • Joedance Film Festival
  • Present Age Ministries
  • Right Moves for Youth
  • Teaching Fellows Institute
  • Uncommen
  • Youth Meditation

These 20 innovators – selected from a competitive applicant pool – have compelling ideas for creating positive social change in the Charlotte region. Their ideas were selected based on relevance, innovation, and potential for tangible community impact. Starting in mid-January, the SEED20 Class of 2015 will spend seven weeks of training, coaching, and mentoring on how to succinctly and powerfully tell their story. Each nonprofit participant is teamed with business and civic leaders volunteering their time to help hone the ideas and presentations. A former SEED20 participant describing her experience shares,  “At each workshop, I felt supported and lifted up – even by my competitors whom I really see as friends and compatriots now. It was an amazing experience.”

SEED20 (Social Entrepreneurs EmpowereD) aligns directly with SVP’s mission of growing and empowering the region’s vibrant social entrepreneur community. Since SEED20’s inception, SVP has coached, supported, and showcased over 50 organizations and individuals and given out over $160,000 in awards to nonprofit entrepreneurs.

The SEED20 program culminates in SEED20 OnStage! on March 3, 2015 — a high-energy event where up to ten members of the Class of 2015 compete to win cash awards. Each finalist makes a three-minute pitch to a panel of judges and an audience of business and nonprofit leaders, foundation executives, and other community members. While the panel of judges selects 3 award winners, the audience gets to participate as well by text voting for the People’s Choice Award!

Immediately following the formal program in the Knight Theater, SVP will host a showcase reception where the audience can interact and network with all twenty SEED20 Class participants.  SEED20 OnStage! truly celebrates social entrepreneurs and the impact and ideas they bring to our region. “The energy and enthusiasm in the room is palpable,” said an attendee from last year’s event. “It was so exciting to hear from people making a real difference in our community.”

Tickets to this fun and inspiring event go on sale on January 6, 2015. Visit for details and to watch a highlight video from last year’s SEED20 OnStage!

At the sold-out SEED20 OnStage! this past March, Richard “Stick” Williams, President of the Duke Energy Foundation (a SEED20 sponsor), noted the SEED20 participants “make their passion so evident to people in the audience. It takes a lot of guts to bring your idea forward and to present it and get other people excited about it. I don’t think it gets any better than that.”  Charles Bowman, Charlotte and North Carolina Market President for Bank of America (a SEED20 sponsor), added, “these are people who are going to get things done whether they win SEED money or not.”

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