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Four nonprofit startups take prizes at last week’s SEED20

Posted on 11 Mar 2013 by Justin Ruckman

  • Community Culinary School of CharlotteSEED20 Grand Prize (voted on by judging panel) of $20,000
  • Speak Up MagazineSEED20 2nd Place (voted on by judging panel) of $10,000
  • My 1st SuitSEED20 3rd Place (voted on by judging panel) of $7,500
  • Community Culinary School of Charlotte - Coaches’ Award (voted on by SEED20 coaches) of $5,000
  • Neet’s Sweets - People’s Choice (“text to vote” by the audience) of $2,500

From the press release:

Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) helps unemployed adults achieve success in their careers and personal lives through its training program, which combines culinary arts, job-readiness, and counseling. CCSC will use SEED20 funding to add a second BISTRO! Buggy food cart, which in turn will generate new revenue, create training and employment opportunities, and expand CCSC’s outreach.

Speak Up is Charlotte’s first and only nonprofit street magazine, offering an income opportunity, as well as a voice for the voiceless. Funding from SEED20 will be used to expand its infrastructure and launch new issues, which become microenterprises for our city’s vulnerably-housed and low-income people.

My 1st Suit serves young men who are first generation college students by providing them with resources and exposure to stimulate social wellness and high self-esteem. The investment from SEED20 will provide marketing and class materials, class space and finally, the custom suits and experiences necessary to transform these young men into progressive leaders.

Founded by a survivor of domestic sex trafficking, Neet’s Sweets helps other victims transition out of a life of sex trafficking by providing support, education, mentoring, and job opportunities. Funding will enable Neet’s Sweets to expand the breadth and scope of services provided.

Social Venture Partners announced it would give each of the 20 participants who did not win a cash award $500. Inspired by the pitches and innovation of the Class of 2013, an anonymous donor gave an additional $500 to each nonprofit. All told, $61,000 was awarded to SEED20 Class of 2013. One participant shared “As of tonight, I have my first investors! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my idea for social change with our community and have the community, in turn, respond in such tangible and meaningful ways.”

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