Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SPOT 127 Earns Top Prize at SVP Fast Pitch 2014

SPOT 127 Executive Director Greg Pereira holding $10,000 check from SVP
SPOT 127 Executive Director Greg Pereira earned $10,000 in three minutes at Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch 2014. The annual event, hosted by Social Venture Partners Arizona, includes training and mentoring for innovative non-profit administrators and culminates in a high-energy, rapid-fire presentation event in which participants compete for more than $25,000 in grants and prizes.

“Fast Pitch was a completely unique experience, “Pereira said. “It was an incredible opportunity to collaborate with exceptionally smart and talented individuals. I received guidance and resources that will prove invaluable as SPOT 127 continues to grow.”

Pereira and 19 other non-profit leaders were handpicked by a selection committee to participate in this year’s event. Eight finalists moved on to the final competition, which took place March 26 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Pereira’s three-minute presentation won the Investee Award and secured $10,000 a year in funding for up to five years for SPOT 127.

“The award money will be a great asset to our program,” Pereira said, “but the real value of participating is far greater than the financial award, it is the intensive mentorship and resources that the SVP network provides.”

SPOT 127 is a youth media center in Phoenix hosted by KJZZ 91.5 and Rio Salado College. The center empowers local high school students by teaching state of the art digital media skills and by connecting students to mentoring and resources that will help them succeed in future endeavors like college and career.

“The students are thrilled that SPOT 127 has been recognized for its innovation and sustainability,” Pereira said. “They take great pride in the program and are proud to see the community support that SPOT 127 receives as a result of their incredible work.”

Check out this SVP Arizona interview with Greg to learn more about his Fast Pitch journey.