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Social Enterprise Pitch voting under way

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The Great Social Enterprise Pitch has moved to the voting stage.

The “pitch,” a project of Assets Lancaster and the Lancaster County Community Foundation, aims at helping people start businesses that are both financially sustainable and good for their communities and the environment.

Nine would-be Lancaster entrepreneurs have completed a training program and are promoting their ideas for new businesses on Rockethub, a crowdfunding site.

Through July 27, people can vote by donating money to the projects they like best.

The three ideas that attract the most support — measured by number of people giving money, not the amount of money they donate — will move onto the final round.

So will one project chosen by pitch participants from among their colleagues and one chosen by the program’s sponsors: Assets Lancaster and the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

Those five will make presentations at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Fulton Elementary School. The top three ideas will win funding and in-kind donations to help them bring their plans to fruition.

The project kicked off this spring with two brainstorming sessions, which yielded 32 applications.

From those, 10 participants were selected to move forward. One dropped out after that, deciding the timing wasn’t right to launch, organizers said.

Links to the nine participants’ Rockethub pages are available on Assets Lancaster’s Great Social Enterprise Pitch web page.

They are as follows:

• 2 Fish 5 Loaves Pay-What-You-Can Food Truck

• The Common Wheel: A Community Bike Center

• Whimsy

 • Nomadic Animal Grazer

• Earthbound Artisan

• Lemon Drop Inn Youth Hostel

• Roaring Brook Market

• Lancaster Transplant: Connecting the Dots

• Record Eraser: Pardon and Expungement Services