The 2017 Pitch for People entrepreneurs and judges

The 2017 Pitch for People entrepreneurs and judges


On May 23, we convened fifty impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and members of Inspiring Capital's network community at Lyrical Asset Management for our Second Annual Pitch for People competition. 

Six finalists competed for the opportunity to work with a fellow from Inspiring Capital's summer MBA fellowship on a strategy, finance, or operations to help accelerate their impact and growth.

Last year's winner, Marci Lobel-Esrig of SilverBills, shared the "catalytic" experience of working with her fellow, Niki, and described how much the consulting support had allowed her organization to develop over the past year.

 This year's winner, Jen, last year's winner, Marci, and Inspiring Capital CEO, Nell

This year's winner, Jen, last year's winner, Marci, and Inspiring Capital CEO, Nell

Guests gathered in small groups for interactive question-and-answer sessions with the social entrepreneurs, allowing for direct feedback on the ventures, and for guests to hear the judging thought process in action.

Our judging panel brought diverse and deep experience working with startups and social enterprises, and included our gracious host, John Jonson, Managing Director of Lyrical Partners, Rafi Musher, CEO & Founder of STAX Inc., and Samira Salman, CEO & Founder of Salman Solutions. 

Congratulations to the 2017 winner, Savvy Cooperative, which was selected for its demonstrated need and capacity to absorb IC's consulting talent, as well as the viability and potential for its model to make lasting social impact and address a market gap.


See Savvy's pitch in a video from founder Jen Horonjeff here:


Check out the world-changing models of the 5 finalist ventures:


Localized connects people around the world with experts from top companies and diaspora professional associations who share language and cultural context. 

After weddings or special events, Repeat Roses repurposes leftover blooms for donation at nursing homes and hospitals to deliver joy. Then, the flowers are composted and the containers are recycled to reduce waste.

Kheyti implements low-cost farming solutions that help small farmers increase yield and predictability of produce. We combine these technologies with end-to-end support to give these farmers a seamless path towards income increase. We have developed a “Greenhouse-in-a-box” – an affordable, modular greenhouse bundled with full stack services that uses 90% less water, grows 7 times more food and gives farmers a steady dependable income.

Five One Labs is a start-up incubator that helps refugees and conflict-affected entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses in the Middle East. Launching first in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, we aim to empower individuals to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and to contribute to the economic growth of their communities.

Shea Yeleen empowers shea butter cooperatives owned by women in rural Ghana by providing a living wage, skills training, and financial literacy through the sale of high-quality unrefined shea butter products around the world.

Congratulations to all of our Pitch for People competitors!