Are you a social entrepreneur or grassroots non-profit with a big idea or a program that needs a little more support to achieve great things? Then you’ve come to the right place! Applications to pitch at our events are accepted until about ten weeks prior to each event - be sure to check the upcoming events page for specific dates.
Once we’ve received your application, we undertake due diligence by reviewing your submission, legal status, finances, annual reports, websites, and often by speaking directly with the social entrepreneur, board members or your advocate. A maximum of eight organisations are shortlisted for a 10-minute telephone interview with our selection panel eight weeks prior to the event. The selection panel is made up of representatives from the event partners, philanthropic or social sector experts and one TFN executive or board director. Since passion and great presentations make a huge difference to the success of the pitches, each presenter is invited to outline their application over the phone, so the selection panel can hear it firsthand and ask questions.
Finally, three organisations are selected as finalists. They are invited to a pitch coaching workshop about two weeks later, which leaves roughly another three weeks to prepare for the big event.