Four to six nonprofit organizations with impact in the Denver metropolitan area are selected to participate in an accelerator program to develop their innovative mental wellness ideas. The program prepares them to compete for grant dollars by presenting their plan to more than 200 community leaders who vote on how to allocate Community First Foundation’s grant dollars.
The Innovators Society is designed to provide nonprofits with the support necessary to begin scaling their innovative ideas. Selected nonprofits can expect to receive support from coaches, advisors and community members. They will be connected to a community of innovators to help them collaborate, network and grow.
From January – September 2016, selected nonprofits will work with a team of coaches to develop and refine the pitch in preparation for The Innovators Society’s Pitch Scrimmage on May 17, 2016. This scrimmage event in front of The Innovators Society will be an opportunity to receive real-time feedback from knowledgeable, engaged leaders.
On September 30, 2016, the grantees will pitch in front of approximately 250 audience members at the Community Pitch Showdown. Grant dollars will be allotted based on the community’s real-time votes using cell phone technology and guided by the grantees’ demonstrated need for a specific request.
If you’re interested in joining the mailing list or lending your skills and talents to The Innovators Society email the communications coordinator, Samantha Barlow, at sbarlow@CommunityFirstFoundation.org.
The experience also includes the opportunity to develop a peer support group to network during scrimmage events. There is also the possibility of additional funding during The Community Pitch Showdown. Furthermore, once the pitch and innovative ideas are refined and packaged, there is no telling who or what opportunities may come knocking at the door!