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The Social Pitch 2019 Presenters

The Social Pitch is BACK!


In this edition of The Social Pitch, we have six incredibly talented social entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds tackling an array of issues in innovative and creative ways.  We’re really excited to have these folks in our TSP program, and we can’t wait to see them pitch on Sunday, September 8th!

Please purchase a $15 ticket HERE (all ticket proceeds go to funding the cash prizes!) and join us at 2pm, on Sunday, September 8th!!.

Make Awear – Ophir El-Boher

An apparel designer who explores ways to create ethical-sustainable models for fashion, based on circularity. Committed to helping get rid of the world’s trash, she uses only accessible materials, saved from the waste streams and made into new creations.


As a designer-educator, Ophir promotes cultural and behavioral shifts around fashion consumption, providing knowledge, tools, and methods for creative alternatives to satisfy materialistic desires. She is a passionate world-traveler, originally from Israel, who brings diverse cultural experiences to her practice- telling stories through clothes. Ophir holds a B.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Design and Secondary Education from Kibbutzim College, Tel-Aviv, and an MFA in Collaborative Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.


Come support Make Awear at The Social Pitch!



Creative Repurposing Center – David Legg

An entrepreneur with extensive experience in salvaging, building, and business development, David Legg is passionate about giving wood and people discarded by society a second life. He is launching the Creative Repurposing Center (CRC), a place where marginalized individuals are given the opportunity to put their untapped creativity to work repurposing themselves while removing good wood from the waste stream.

David often says, “I’ve never met a piece of wood I didn’t like.” He thinks the same about people and dreams of bringing the two together at the CRC, giving new life to both.


Come Support the Creative Repurposing Center at The Social Pitch!

Gather Community Kitchen + Co-Packing – Jeannine Mills

Gather Community Kitchen + Co-Packing is a multi-stage incubator kitchen concept that addresses the lack of commercial kitchen space and small scale (2,000 unit or fewer) co-packing solutions for food and beverage companies outgrowing their own manufacturing capabilities.

The funds/awards will be used to purchase the necessary food processing equipment to complete the build out and to continue serving our community by providing free standing pantries filled with shelf stable, non-perishable foods for our most vulnerable neighborhoods. We also will teach community based classes that focus on sustainability and self sufficiency.

Instagram: @gathercommunitykitchen



Come Support Gather Community Kitchen + Co-Packing at The Social Pitch!




The Human Trust – Andrew Martz

Established in 2017, The Human Trust is a fiduciary trust that stewards resources to help support humans who are most in need to meet their basic needs of food, shelter and water.It does this through managing resources, leveraging technology, and investing in profitable businesses that help meet these basic human needs.

We seek to further develop and establish The Human Trust as an organization and community of people who support and contribute to
its Purpose of helping meet basic human needs, investing in profitable businesses that help achieve this, and developing block-chain
technology to help manage and distribute and resources.


Come support The Human Trust at The Social Pitch!


All Experience Training & Consulting – Claressa Tracy-Manning

All Experience is is good experience. All Experience is a platform website where people who have marketable skills, training services, workforce expertise and industry experts can market their specialty knowledge online opening up possibilities to share their skills with the world. This applies to every type of career field from tradesmen, service industry, business professionals, environmentalists, teachers, public services, human services and so much more.

The All Experience platform was created to market skills from professionals and help them find connections including classes, jobs and other services while combating commonplace prejudices in the hiring process by displaying only relevant skill-based information. I will use the funds to further develop our programming and website and start our membership process. Come support All Experience at The Social Pitch!


Come support All Experience at The Social Pitch!

Lyfe. Tech – Alexis Figueroa-Gutierrez  & William Luckett

Here at Lyfe.Tech we aim to provide schools and/or the public with protection against gun violence . Our objective is to protect and
service the public in the case of an emergency or leisure choice in a convenient modern organized fashion that can save lives.

Our safety mechanism is inside of class rooms connected to the schools pre-existing alarm system which then unlocks the case containing our prototypes. School shootings should not be a fear of our students pursuing an education nor civilians enjoying an event or just a regular day. We will continue to invest in our business until we have a finished prototype that can save the lives of many.


Come support Lyfe. Tech at The Social Pitch!


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Recap: The Social Pitch VII

The following five presenters pitched their ideas at The Social Pitch VII on April 30, 2017. The community came together at HatchLab PDX to eat soup, hear the presenters’ ideas, and vote for their favorite. Scroll further to see how you might be able to help each of these budding entrepreneurs.

Neighborhood Nanny (1st place)

Neighborhood Nanny was created during a frantic few days during a frantic few days in July. Amber was desperate for childcare so that she could attend a business workshop she had been invited to. The cost of two full days of childcare was equal to three weeks of groceries for her and her son. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that had been offered and as a full-time student, single parent, and entrepreneur she had to weigh the options. Amber decided to go for it, because it would benefit her son’s future. From this experience, Amber found a deep need in the community and now wants to make sure other parents never have to decide between groceries or their future.

Amber has over twenty years of childcare experience and almost a decade of working with low-income families. She has served on the Board of Directors at Street Roots and Advisory Board at Heroes for the Homeless, in Seattle. Amber spends her time playing with her three-year-old son, Michael, studying, and thinking up activities for the other amazing kids in her life.

Change Mail (2nd place)

Change Mail provides kits that help people find their voice and make critical community connections through handwritten mail to friends, family, civic leaders and community organizations.

Kate is a lifelong snail mail lover. She believes we can influence social change movements and strengthen communities by giving voice to our values in letter writing campaigns and notes of love to those in need. Kate’s vision is to help people send snail mail more often, developing a practice of engagement, positivity and mindfulness for themselves, while their acts of kindness and advocacy benefit their community.

In addition to crafting and sending cards (follow her crafting life on Instagram @snailmailcreations) and working on Change Mail, Kate is passionate about her day job as the Community Engagement Officer for Beneficial State Foundation. She loves talking about the movement for values-driven banking and how Beneficial State Bank’s triple-bottom-line model can drive positive social and environmental outcomes.

Grandma’s Pop-Up Café

Grandma’s Pop-Up Café will appear in neighborhood restaurants, other food-focused businesses, and community organizations with food preparation facilities. The café events will be organized by a neighborhood group which include seniors, chefs, gardeners, and others interested in volunteering their time. Seniors will be encouraged to share their recipes and if they choose to demonstrate the recipes for the chefs and others interested in learning them. The cafe’ events will be well publicized and outreach actively done to ensure that seniors are motivated to and supported to attend. Meal charges will be “Pay As You Feel”.

Liz, Roger, and the rest of Grandma Pop-Up Crew are strategically designed to align the multi-industry skills needed to execute food service by a guest Grandma Chef Lead in partner restaurants in the Portland Metro area. The multi-industry skills are partnership building, volunteer resource management and food service.

VR4U America

VR4U America uses donated cell phones from 2014 onward, along with a low cost and durable virtual reality (VR) headset to allow inner city students the chance to experience things that budget cuts have denied them. We take one person’s trash and transform it into a treasured tool for learning. Reviving what would otherwise be waste to inspire youth to aim higher and dream bigger. Give young students the chance to experience the world outside of what they see every day and they will want to see it. This could become the driving force to bring whole communities out of poverty.

Lucas Gudman is currently a Bachelors in Electrical Engineer student at PSU. He has built a new headset for this project that allows older phones to run virtual reality programs for longer. He is inspired to provide alternative learning experiences to students because of his own experience being involved with the Evergreen Air & Space Museum growing up.

Being There Café

Being There Café is the rushing of the river. It is clean air, the glowing of green and the rolling of the wave. Nature deficit has created a an acceptance of the status quo borne of a feeling of powerlessness and overwhelm at the complexity of environmental issues. Nature immersion provided by Being There Café will inspire action by using awe and innovative technology to empower – all over your morning cup of sustainably grown coffee. Being There Café is coffee café with a conscience.

An aspiring entrepreneur endeavoring to blaze alternative paths to environmental awareness, Holly is working full time, going to school part time and organizing a green team as an Agent of Change for the Center for Earth Leadership. Merging her passion for the environment and her love of artistic creation she has concentrated the use of recycled materials in her art work and encourage others to do the same—including organizing a Recycled Art Fair as a fundraiser for Work for Art. Holly has engaged in environmental efforts in Utah, New York and New Jersey.

Interested in helping out these budding entrepreneurs? Check out their list of needs below and contact them with resources, ideas, and connections you may have.

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A Q&A Moment with Emilly Prado before The Remedy Club

Feminism and Justice for All

With our upcoming Remedy Club happening this Friday, November 4th, we asked our panelists a few questions on the value and purpose behind The Remedy Club, and how we even go about talking about the untalkable. Here is our writer, journalist and future librarian panelist, Emilly Prado, with her thoughts.


What makes The Remedy Club valuable to you?

Providing a platform for discussions about access in relation to identity is a great first step in addressing economic inequality. I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to speak from my own perspective and share my thoughts.

How can we make The Remedy Club as valuable as possible to others?

Make sure that people of color and minority populations have equal representation in your panels and that your events are bringing in an equally diverse crowd. Archiving episodes and sharing videos of the events make so that people can also watch them in the future for free in the event they aren’t able to make it to this panel.

Does the approach of “one versus the other” (inclusion versus exclusion, power versus access, identity versus culture, media versus fear, etc.) make sense to you? Are there alternative ways available to us to effectively discuss dismantling these constructs and tackling these issues?

In certain regards, speaking about “one versus the other” is effective but it has to be done so carefully. With the included examples, the idea of inclusion versus exclusion is clearly opposing however I would not be comfortable using the example of identity versus culture since these are actually closely related in my experience. When discussing systems of oppression and how to dismantle them, it’s less about one versus the other and more about understanding the varying levels in which people are affected by these systems (i.e. intersectionality.) Understanding the general sentiment of “oppressor versus oppressed” is necessary but realizing that the oppressed come in infinite forms must come next in moving these discussions forward.

One phrase of advice.

Question your own beliefs! Also, listen.

Have a listen to Emilly Prado talk with Hatch’s Director of Events, Jess DeNoto, as they explore the intersection of feminist identity, race, class, gender and popular culture here: Feminism and Justice for All on Hatch the Future podcast

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HTF 022: Feminism and Justice for All


Let’s listen to Hatch Innovation’s Director of Events & Culinary Happenings, Jess DeNoto chat with upcoming panelist Emilly Prado. Emilly is a writer who focuses on the intersection of feminist identity, race, class, gender and popular culture. Throughout this episode, Emilly covers authors and artists who’ve inspired her over the years, to current events and the recent articles she’s researched and written, and how our own identities and perceptions play a role in the content we view.


Jess DeNoto, Hatch Innovation
A native New York turned longtime Portland resident, Jess has been enjoying french presses at Hatch since its grand opening in January 2014, and currently serves as the director of ComCap Conferences, gatherings of community capital leaders from across the country. Outside of the Hatch realm, Jess is the Executive Director of Vegan Iron Chef, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organized based in Portland, OR, and is a co-founder of Vida Vegan Con (2009-2015), an award-winning international vegan lifestyle, blogging & social media conference.  She received a degree in Marketing Communication from Emerson College in Boston, MA, and spends her free time talking to her cats (Huxley & Zelda), obsessing over curry pastes, placing library holds, living car-free and cultivating a community garden plot with her wife.

This episode marks Jess’ first appearance on the Hatch the Future podcast. You can find her online as @jdfunks on Instagram and @getsconed on Twitter.


Emilly Prado, Writer, Bitch Media

Writer, photographer, and future librarian. A Chicana native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has called Portland home since 2009. Her writing typically focuses on pop culture with an intersectional feminist lens in relation to race, class, and gender. She earned a B.A. in Child and Family Studies from Portland State University with cum laude honors, received a 2016 ALA Spectrum Scholarship, and is a current MLIS candidate at San Jose State University. Her work has appeared in Bitch Media, the Portland Mercury, Feministing, Ms. Magazine, and Travel Portland. When not writing, working, or schooling, she makes zines, sells homemade pinback buttons, and travels as much as possible. You can see her work at

Feminist [fem-uh-nist] advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women, equal to those of men.

“Chicana Feminism, also referred to as Xicanism, is an ideology based on the rejection of the traditional “household” role of a Mexican-American woman. In challenges the stereotypes of women across the lines of gender, ethnicity, class, race, and sexuality.” – on the Chicana Feminist Movement, Exploring the Chicana Feminist Movement

Intersectionality is a concept often used in critical theories to describe the ways in which oppressive institutions (racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, classism, etc.) are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another. The concept first came from legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989 and is largely used in critical theories, especially Feminist theory, when discussing systematic oppression. When possible, credit Kimberlé Crenshaw for coining the term “intersectionality” and bringing the concept to wider attention. The Geek Feminism Wiki Definition of Intersectionality

In this episode you’ll hear about

  • An exploration of Intersectional Feminism
  • Recognizing the social responsibility of diversifying both professional and personal environments
  • How the editing process can change the original intent
  • Examination of identity and gender in contemporary politics and popular culture

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Better World with Perennial Wheat

Better World with Perennial Wheat

by Collin Gabriel

Channelsmith, Hatch Innovation

Let’s imagine Oregon is worried about agriculture. And when I say “agriculture”, I mean the current state of affairs that involves large expensive machinery, soil erosion, and chemicals sprayed for a variety of purposes to mimic what nature does in a not-so-bottom-line way. If we are keeping on this hypothetical, then we could say Oregonians and our food culture reflect a desire for something different, perhaps something more ecologically-nurturing.

You could imagine that a crop that does not have to be replanted year after year might build soil, instead of eroding it. And vast root systems that develop through careful cultivation might hold in some of that carbon we’ve been worrying about.

Well, hypothetical Oregonians, there may be a ray of sunshine on the sometimes cloudy day that is our food system. It comes in the form of perennial wheat. Why is this important, you ask? My knee-jerk response would be because we now have an environmentally-friendly beer supply, but that’s just me. You could look at the many products using wheat-based beer and see the implications of mass-producing such a beverage. You could imagine that a crop that does not have to be replanted year after year might build soil, instead of eroding it. And vast root systems that develop through careful cultivation might hold in some of that carbon we’ve been worrying about. But don’t take my word for it; instead let the Washington Post paint a vision for you that will trigger all the second-tab googling of “Land Institute”, “Wes Jackson” and “Lee Dehaan” you can muster.

So many advantages, possibilities, and hopes arise when people find their passion and dedicate nearly 4 decades trying to achieve it. We say *cheers* to those folks with a nice glass of Long Root Ale from Hopworks Brewery here in Portland.

Read full WashPost article here.

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