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Social Venture Partners Announces 2nd Annual SEED20


20 Innovative Nonprofit Social Entrepreneurs Selected as SEED20 Class of 2013

CHARLOTTE, NCSEED20, the annual nonprofit social entrepreneur competition launched by Social Venture Partners (SVP), has just announced the SEED20 Class of 2013:

  • Augustine Project for Literacy
  • Autumn Rain Initiative
  • Beds for Kids
  • Community Culinary School of Charlotte
  • Doing My Part
  • Eagle Rock Camp
  • Feed the Mind Foundation
  • Kids Heart Felt Health
  • My 1st Suit
  • Neet’s Sweets
  • New Leaders
  • Playing for Others
  • Project One Scholarship Fund
  • Promising Pages
  • Speak Up Magazine
  • Swaraj Yoga
  • The Learning Collaborative
  • Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!)

These 20 innovators – selected from a competitive applicant pool – have compelling ideas for creating positive social change in the Charlotte region. Their ideas were selected based on relevance, innovation, and potential for tangible community impact. The SEED20 Class of 2013 will spend the next seven weeks collaborating with business and civic leaders volunteering their time to help them hone their ideas and presentations. Ten finalists will then be selected to present their ideas at a high-energy event, SEED20Unleashed!, on March 7, 2013.

Held at the Urban Garden, One Bank of America Center, SEED20Unleashed! will celebrate social entrepreneurs and the energy and ideas they bring to our region. All of the SEED20 Class of 2013 will be showcased and the ten finalists will make three-minute “pitches” to a panel of judges and an audience of business, academic, and nonprofit leaders, foundation executives, the media, and others interested in supporting the growth of social value in our region. Based on the “pitches,” the panel of judges will select the SEED20 award winners. The audience will also get a vote and their winner will also receive a cash award.

Speaking at last year’s sold-out inaugural SEED20Unleashed!, Mayor Anthony Foxx described SEED20 as “exactly what the doctor ordered for the city of Charlotte …. [It] is every bit as important as any economic development announcement we’ve ever had.”

Tickets to this fun and inspiring event go on sale at 9AM on Tuesday, January 8. Visit for details.

Click here to watch a highlight video from last year’s SEED20Unleashed!

About Social Venture Partners

Social Venture Partners (SVP) is a diverse network of engaged individuals who address community needs through a new model of giving – Venture Philanthropy. SVP leverages the collective expertise, creativity, time, and financial resources of our members and their networks to develop and support promising social initiatives and nonprofits. In addition, SVP fosters a community of socially conscious and well-informed donors through engagement with investees, collaboration with other SVP partners, and participation in educational events. To learn more, please visit