AUSTIN -- The first annual Philanthropitch was held May 29, and donated $55,000 to six non-profit finalists.
Non-profits will had five minutes to present their impact on the community and specific needs to a panel of judges consisting of successful Austin entrepreneurs, business leaders, and philanthropists. At the event, the panel of judges consisting of Austin entrepreneurs, business leaders and philanthropists made highly leveraged investments in the organizations that powerfully communicated their vision.
Mobile Loaves and Fishes took home the top prize as the BuildASign.com winner. The non-profits won $15,000.
College Forward took home $4,000 as the audience winner.
Judges also invested in several of the participating non-profits:
College Forward - $9,000
E3 Alliance - $11,500
Little Helping Hands- $3,000
Mobile Loaves and Fishes - $2,000
Seedling Foundation- $6,000
Sustainable Food Center- $4,500
The judges were:
· Elizabeth Christian, President of Elizabeth Christian & Associates Public Relations
· Clayton Christopher, Co-founder and CEO of Deep Eddy Vodka and Co-founder and Chairman of Rhythm Superfoods
· Dan Graham, CEO and Founder of BuildASign.com
· Gail Page, Managing Partner at Vineyard Investment Advisors
· Chris Steiner, Senior Associate at Austin Ventures
· Steve Wanta, representing Innovation + (Steve is the Executive Program Director of Whole Planet Foundation)
The event, hosted by BuildASign.com at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, was sold out. KVUE's own Shannon Murray was the emcee for the evening.