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Social Innovation Pitch Night 2023

Nine Pitches with $40,000 of prizes on the line!

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2023 Problem Solving Pitches

Thursday from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

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Add to Calendar 2023-05-11 17:30:00 2023-05-11 20:00:00 America/New_York 2023 Problem Solving Pitches ETSU Martin Center for the Arts<br> 1320 W State of Franklin Rd, Johnson City, TN 37614, USA


Join us on May 11, 2023, at ETSU's Martin Center (Black Box Theatre) for our 2023 Problem Solving Pitches event, where nine local nonprofit organizations will present live pitches aimed at solving our communities most pressing needs. Three of the six pitching organizations will each be awarded $10,000 grants from our Social Innovation Fund, while three additional grants focused on education, totaling $10,000, will be given out to support our Tennessee Afterschool Network (TAN) organizations.

The Social Innovation Fund was established by United Way of East TN Highlands in 2020 to support new programs that address social needs and fill gaps in our community related to health, education, or financial stability.

Event Details:

          5:30 – 6:00 Gathering with Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres and Cash Bar

          6:00 – 7:30 Problem-Solving Pitch Event

          7:30 – 8:00+ Celebration with Dessert and Cash Bar 

2023 Finalists:

Social Innovation:

  • Appalachian Opportunity Fund
  • Elizabethton Senior Center
  • Language & Culture Resource Center (ETSU)
  • The Salvation Army of Johnson City
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee
  • Unity Housing

TN Afterschool Network Finalists:

  • Carter County Chamber of Commerce
  • Loaves & Fishes Outreach Ministry
  • Unlimited Youth

Visit our website to learn more info! (click here)

Previous grant winners include:

A Step Ahead Foundation Tri-Cities - Mobile Health Unit
Huschka House Inc.
Junt@s of Johnson City

Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians
Johnson County Senior Center - MyRide

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United Way of East TN Highlands

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