IMPACT PITCH: Businesses Making Communities Better


LIVE Pitch Event September 19, 2019  |  415 Westlake  |  5:30-8:30PM

Impact Pitch 2019

“When I started the business I wrote a business plan. I thought about what my profit margin would be and the cost of goods, but to really sit down and have an exact spreadsheet and to think what’s next. What does next year look like? What does three years look like? This was so helpful. And I think that’s why the competition was designed.”

~ Leah Brushett, Founding Owner of Mother Snacker

IMPACT Pitch is a chance for idea-phase, startup, or existing businesses with a strong business plan/idea and a focus on positively impacting their communities to win cash prizes totaling $30,000. While only two businesses will win the top grand prizes, everyone who applies and continues through contest rounds will get something just as valuable: powerful new tools for more effective business planning and strategy, personal business coaching, and more. We offer a host of practical insights and tools to help small business owners become their most successful selves.

Business Impact NW has a mission to help small businesses grow so local communities thrive.  We do this by supporting communities of color-, female-, veteran-, immigrant and refugee-, and LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. IMPACT Pitch is an opportunity to provide targeted technical assistance and finance opportunities to all traditionally underserved small business owners who are committed to bettering the local communities that they serve. The contest rounds include the support of our coaching and training staff for contestants, including planning, creating, and/or improving their:

  • Basic Business Plan & Strategy
  • Feasibility: Financials, Market Research, Sustainability Plan
  • Marketing & Outreach Strategy
  • Marketing Video
  • Small Business Pitch

We encourage all supporters of our local economies to join us in supporting these small-business owners at our culminating pitch competition.

The final round and LIVE pitch event will be held on September 19, 2019. Tickets will be available August 19. View the 2018 finalist videos here.

2019 Semi-Finalists

Look for them in the Video Voting round!

Startup/Early-Stage Businesses

Arceda Accounting and Business Services
Asha Blooms
The CURA co.
Girl Boss Sports
InSpark Coworking LLC
Kaleidoscope Family Gym
Kong Academy, LLC
The Odysseum
Pivotal Center
Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters
Simone Pin Productions
The Swing Shift
Wyldwood Creative
Yoga Wild

Established Businesses

Kaffeeklatsch Seattle
Kids Carpentry LLC
Lydia's Flock Icelandic and Shetland Sheep
Orca Swim School
Rawdacious Desserts

Presenting Sponsor

2019 Event Sponsors

Mission Award Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

Hosted By

Business Impact NW Sustaining Sponsors

Interested in being an Event or Special Award Sponsor?  View our Sponsor Guide and contact

The Event

An evening dedicated to celebrating diverse entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the Pacific Northwest, selected semi-finalists will pitch their start-up or established businesses to a panel of judges for the chance to win cash award prizes.

Cash Prizes

Special cash awards include: best startup/early stage venture; best established business; and mission-based awards for categories such as best veteran, woman, community of color, LGBTQ+, and immigrant and/or refugee owned-business.


Business Impact NW and Sponsors provide a networking reception, a chance to mingle with IMPACT Pitch semi-finalist and finalists, and most importantly, the opportunity to support a diverse group of local and underserved small-businesses.


Whether as a competitor for pitch prizes or a community member interested in attending, you make this event possible. Applications for the competition are available in the Spring, and tickets to the Live Pitch Competition will be available in the months leading up to the event.

IMPACT Pitch is presented by Harborstone Credit Union in partnership with Business Impact NW.

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