June 26, 2019 | Announcements

Fast Forward Announces 2019 Accelerator Cohort

This summer, the Fast Forward Accelerator will host 21 rising entrepreneurs leading 10 solution-focused tech nonprofits. From shedding light on air inequality, to making test prep accessible and almost fun, to building digital bartering systems for informal economies in Latin America, the tech nonprofits in our sixth Accelerator cohort are solving an array of critical social problems. 

With a freshly revamped program focused on workshop-style trainings, these entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to see their impact soar. The enriching summer will focus on equipping these tech nonprofits with everything they need to scale by way of: 

Fast Forward Accelerator 2018 @ Okta HQ, with Okta Co-Founders Todd McKinnon & Frederic Kerrest

Of the tech nonprofits in this year’s Accelerator, 90% have a woman co-founder, and 80% have a co-founder who is a person of color. This co-founder makeup far exceeds the tech sector norm, and echoes the findings of our tech nonprofit diversity report, created in partnership with AT&T.

Fast Forward’s 6th Accelerator cohort includes: 

  • Almost Fun SAT  An app fusing pop culture with SAT prep to level the playing field
  • Ample Labs  A chatbot helping people facing homelessness find meals, shelter, drop-ins and clothing
  • CoachMe ▻ A mobile health coach for low-income women with cardiovascular disease
  • Discriminology ▻ A school accountability platform day lighting racial equity data to spur action
  • FreeFrom ▻ A digital platform connecting domestic violence survivors with financial compensation
  • Gladeo ▻ A digital media platform that fosters career exploration for young people with diverse backgrounds
  • Good Call ▻ 24/7 hotline providing free legal support to the arrested & their loved ones
  • Hikma Health ▻ A personalized healthcare delivery platform for refugees
  • OpenAQ ▻ An open-source platform leveraging open data to fight global air inequality
  • QUIPU A digital bartering platform for the informal economies of Latin America
The Fast Forward 2019 Accelerator Cohort | Photo credit: David Dines

Here’s what Fast Forward 2015 alumni and Executive Director of CareerVillage.org, Jared Chung, has to say about the Fast Forward Accelerator:

“Without Fast Forward, we wouldn’t be where we are today. They go above and beyond the norm. We’re routinely shocked to learn about the resources and opportunities they’ve unlocked for us. And they’re pushing the whole tech nonprofit field forward. They’re completely unrivaled – the absolute best at this.”

Outside of the Accelerator…

Fast Forward supports tech nonprofits from early to late stages through the Accelerate Good Global Summit, alumni programs, digital content, The Global Tech Nonprofit Community (an online community connecting anyone interested in the tech nonprofit sector), Volunteer Board, Directory, and partner funding opportunities.

Again, we want to extend our utmost thanks to our Accelerator partners for their sustaining support, which enables tech nonprofit impact to scale. We truly couldn’t do this without you Google.org, BlackRock, HPE FoundationVodafone Americas Foundation, Twilio.org, Okta, Bloomberg, PagerDuty, GitHub, CTIA Wireless Foundation, Amazon Web Services, and Twitter.

“What Fast Forward is doing to support these entrepreneurs from strategy to connections – it’s outstanding. I love seeing the differences in how folks like Atif from Tarjimly talk about their work before and after the Accelerator program. Fast Forward is taking one of the smartest approaches to scaling impact I’ve had the privilege of witnessing and opportunity to support.” – Meghan Nesbit, Director of Nonprofit Market Development, Twilio.org

The Fast Forward 2019 Accelerator at Twilio | Photo credit: David Dines