Six nonprofit innovators who provide services in the Denver metropolitan area are selected to participate in an accelerator experience to develop their innovative ideas to reduce mental health stigma. The program invites over 250 community leaders to act as investors and help allocate $450,000 of Community First Foundation’s grant dollars to the six innovators after hearing their “pitches” of how they plan to change perceptions of mental health and mental illness while reducing mental health stigma.
After some discussion on the merits of each innovation, the committee chose six innovators to advance to the Showdown and compete for a share of $450,000.
The accelerator experience also includes the opportunity to develop a peer support group to network during scrimmage events. Innovators will compete for a portion of $450,000 during The Community Pitch Showdown plus an additional grand prize of $50,000 which will be awarded based on the progress of their implementation plan during the months of June through December 2018.