Last year, I had the amazing privilege be a judge for the Social Innovation Fast Pitch at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. It was pretty great--over the course of an hour, representatives of 10 different social impact organizations had three minutes to pitch an audience of several hundred people on their work. The winner would get a grant of $15,000. It was like a start-up pitch fest for social impact organizations.
At the end of the pitches, the judges (there were five of us) retired to the Deliberation Chamber to determine the winner. All the pitches had been strong--they all told stories about their impact and they all showcased innovative ideas. But two pitches immediately emerged as the top contenders. Here’s what set them apart: