Four competitors, drawing from the area’s social entrepreneurs, pitched their big ideas to strengthen education outcomes in the Quad Cities Saturday, May 8, and netted a total of $85,000 for their innovative solutions.
Thank you to everyone who tuned into “The Pitch” — and congratulations to our competitors who each netted awards for their big ideas to improve literacy for Quad Cities students.
Below are the recipients of grant awards during “The Pitch,” the culminating event with United Way’s Together for Tomorrow cohort:
- Rise United Award ($40,000): Christina Conklin (Moline Public Library) + Misi Birdsall (Project NOW, Inc.) in a collaborative pitch
- Entrepreneurial Spirit Award ($20,000): Jerry Jones (The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center)
- Stronger Together Awards (2 winners for $10,000 each): Teresa Babers (Love Girls Magazine) and Jeff Cornelius (Two Rivers YMCA)
- Audience Choice Award ($5,000): Teresa Babers (Love Girls Magazine)
Note: Together for Tomorrow participants who completed the program each received grants, bringing the total awarded to Quad Cities nonprofits and innovators to $100,000.
Watch ‘The Pitch’
Did you miss the show? KWQC has posted all six parts of the must-see event to their website.
Special thanks to our generous presenting event partners: KWQC TV6 News, Quad-City Times, The Dispatch / Rock Island Argus and Women United, a donor network of United Way Quad Cities, with program support from the Regional Development Authority. Thank you to event host River Music Experience.