Seed Spot prepares for Fall 2016 Demo Day with 14 ventures

Seed Spot, a Phoenix nonprofit that educates, accelerates, and invests in businesses that solve social problems, is preparing for its fall 2016 Demo Day.

Demo Day is an exciting part of Arizona entrepreneurial tradition. There, fourteen startup owners pitch their ideas in front of a diverse audience. After pitches are over, entrepreneurs and members of the audience can mingle to exchange thoughts and contact information. Seed Spot’s hope is that the event will allow startup owners to inspire their communities, who will then reach out to help them with their journeys—and because this is its seventh Demo Day, it’s safe to say the idea works.

On December 7th at 6 PM, the community will come together at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix to cheer on fourteen “ventures.” Each venture has three minutes to pitch their main ideas to an audience of over a thousand people. At the end, it’s up to the community and the presenting ventures to join forces and make each bright idea a reality.

Seed Spot has supported 288 ventures since its inception in 2012. Of those 288 ventures, 45 percent were started by minority entrepreneurs, and 49 percent were started by women entrepreneurs. Seed Spot’s efforts over the past four years have helped create over 700 jobs and raise over $8.4 million in capital. Best of all, Seed Spot carefully selects ventures that they believe will impact society in a positive way. In choosing businesses to support, they consider reach, diversity, social and environmental responsibility, innovation, impact, and other factors.

This December, Seed Spot will support the following ventures by selecting them to participate in fall 2016’s Demo Day:

Schola: Improving k-12 education by streamlining the recruitment and enrollment process for parents and schools.

Oojaah: Helping women live fully by providing revolutionary products and services in support of their confidence and well-being.

Galloper: Galloper connects horse owners and horse haulers in an easy-to-use mobile app that provides an on-demand marketplace for horse transportation. Includes easy booking, secure payment processing, open communication, ratings, reviews, and more.

Arts Leadership International: Arts Leadership International inspires peaceful leadership and personal transformation by making and sharing art through collaboration, communication and compassion.

Arizona Squash: Engaging under-served Phoenix-area youth through academic support, squash and wellness, mentoring, enrichment, and community service to develop high school-ready middle schoolers, college-ready high schoolers, and career-ready adults.

All Walks Project: All Walks Project empowers students to educate their communities on issues of domestic sex trafficking and provides specialized programs for survivors.

Movement Interactive: Providing peace of mind to parents of young athletes in sports who need real-time concussion monitoring and reporting.

The Rewrite Project: Helping teens rewrite the stories that limit their potential by infusing storytelling with technology. The Rewrite Project builds cultural frameworks that are rooted in identity empowerment, awareness of social issues, and building leaders who positively transform school campuses and their communities.

Zenjoi: Improving the quality of life for persons with dementia and their caregivers.

stARTem: Putting the “art” in STEM. Providing art education to low-income schools connecting the art of learning and creation through paint, film and photography.

Young Artist Society: Young Artist Society empowers future generations to pursue education, serve their community, and achieve success creatively.

EcoBlock: Build sustainably-designed architecture that reduces negative impact on the environment. Enhance the health and comfort of its occupants, improve building energy efficiency, reduce consumption of non-renewable materials, minimize waste and create healthy, productive environments using all-natural Stabilized Compressed Earth Blocks.

Tappetite: Giving small local food businesses and home bakers a virtual storefront to showcase their products, making them both visible to the local consumer, and competitive with larger businesses.

Mesa heart Co-Op: Focusing on the ART in the heart of Mesa to create community for artists and their neighbors alike.

If you’re interested in cheering on any of these ventures during Seed Spot’s fall 2016 Demo Day, RSVP for free! We can’t wait to see you there.

Adrianna Nine

Author: Adrianna Nine

Adrianna is a journalist, fiction writer, and criminal justice student at ASU in bustling downtown Phoenix. When she isn't tapping away at her keyboard or reading up on bad guys, Adrianna can be found soaking in the Arizona sun and testing out the coolest coffee shops in town.

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