2016 Accelerator

Fast Forward aims to bolster and broaden the success of emerging tech-based nonprofits by providing startup funds, training and mentoring to teams of social entrepreneurs through its annual Accelerator. Each summer, Fast Forward chooses a new cohort of groups working to apply technology for social good, with special attention to fostering diversity among tech nonprofits. Each organization receives support to help improve and scale its product, establish nonprofit governance, and raise funds. The groups also benefit from connecting with tech and philanthropy leaders, building “an ecosystem of support for tech nonprofits.” Fast Forward occupies a distinctive niche, seeking to apply the model of for-profit tech accelerators to the nonprofit world. In 2016, Fast Forward is partnering with the Rita Allen Foundation to select a promising startup that seeks to strengthen civic engagement through technology.