What is SEED20?
Created by Social Venture Partners (SVP), the annual SEED20 program identifies, spotlights and supports our region’s most innovative ideas for tackling pressing social challenges.
Each year, over the course of two months, a class of twenty nonprofit participants receives training, coaching, feedback, and mentoring on how to succinctly and powerfully “tell their story.” These efforts culminate in SEED20 OnStage, a high-energy event where up to ten members of the class compete to win cash awards by making three-minute “pitches” to a panel of judges and an audience of over 700 members of our community. SEED20 OnStage includes a celebration following the presentations where the audience can interact and network with all twenty nonprofits to learn more about their mission and opportunities for support and engagement.
Social Venture Partners is a nonprofit organization passionately attacking the issue of social and economic inequality in Charlotte through venture philanthropy. Our vision is that through SEED20, the greater Charlotte area will be a community that embraces our nonprofit entrepreneurs, providing them with a supportive environment to innovate. The SEED20 program, the OnStage event, and alumni activities are all coordinated by Social Venture Partners’ staff and volunteer members.