Hone your entrepreneurial skills while contributing to an important cause!

Pinchot University’s Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship seeks 6-8 volunteers to serve as Pitch Coaches for the Coast Works Pitch Clinic to be held at the HUB on September 15 (2-5pm) and September 16 (9-11am). Coaches will work with 12 finalists participating in the Washington Coast Works: Sustainable Small Business Competition to help them develop, practice and perfect a short business model presentation to their peers and a panel of impact investors.

The Competition

The Coast Works competition has been established by The Nature Conservancy, in collaboration with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and the Taala Fund, and is funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant.

The finalists are starting or expanding small businesses in Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam Counties, including the tribal communities of Neah Bay, La Push, Hoh, Queets and Taholah, as well as other rural communities, and the cities of Forks, Ocean Shores, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Montesano, Cosmopolis and Westport.

The competition is designed to diversify the local economy through the development of new small businesses, build business leadership in local communities, grow a constituency that supports conservation and sustainable natural resource use, and ultimately contribute to a new vision of sustainable community and economic development on the Washington Coast.

The Pitch Clinic

On September 15, the finalists will be in Seattle to participate in an intensive all-day Pitch Clinic. After observing the quarter finals of Social Venture Partner’s Fast Pitch at UW’s Foster School, the finalists will spend the afternoon at the HUB (2-5pm) working with the Pitch Coaches to develop their pitch – a short presentation on their business model and how they would put the $10,000 prize to work. On September 16, the finalists will dedicate the morning (9-11am) to pitch practice with the Pitch Coaches before making their final pitch on camera to their fellow cohort members and impact investors.

To Sign Up

If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions, please contact Mike Skinner by phone (206-780-6228) or email (mike.skinner@pinchot.edu) by Friday, September 4, to schedule a short intake interview. Coaches will be required to participate in a 30 minute orientation the week of September 7th (time to be determined).