Head of Product

Meet Our Head of Product: Johnathan Andersen

  Fast Forward is thrilled to welcome Johnathan Anderson, our new Head of Product, to the team. His personal story, below.  From an early age my parents set an example of simple ways to serve others, whether it was setting tables and chairs for a community event, clearing a neighbor’s yard after a storm, or


website redesign

New Year, New Fast Forward Website

Drumroll, please! We’re ecstatic to unveil our new look, which brings our entrepreneurs front and center, and better embodies the work we do at Fast Forward. The website redesign is much more than a cosmetic revamp for us, it’s a significant growth milestone and the beginning of the next phase of our work. Entrepreneurs are

Announcements, Blog

Premal Shah

Frameworks for Tech Nonprofit Success from Premal Shah

As president of Kiva, the world’s first and largest nonprofit microlending platform, Premal Shah is a master of building radical ideas into world-wide institutions. Kiva’s innovative approach to alleviating global poverty reflects its founder’s own innovative approach to running an organization. It was particularly special to host Premal at our BlackRock accelerator, as Premal is


Business model

Pathways to Success: Lessons from Michelle Brown

    Last Friday, we had one of our most successful alumnae from the Fast Forward Accelerator, Michelle Brown, come back to share some of her experiences with the new cohort. Michelle is the CEO and founder of, an educational platform that delivers engaging, adaptive, and customizable instructional material and content designed to support

Announcements, Accelerator, Blog


It’s Official: Acceleration Has Begun!

It sounds crazy, but we spend nearly 9-months building up to our summer accelerator each year. People often ask (myself included, when I first started working with Fast Forward) why we don’t run more than one accelerator program per year. The truth? Preparing to run the accelerator is a ton of work. With a small but

Announcements, Blog

philanthropic funding

Fast Forward Raises $2.2 Million in Philanthropic Funding

June has been one crazy month for Fast Forward! We held our first accelerator launch event in NYC with BlackRock and Comcast NBCUniversal, announced our 2017 cohort, and are just one day away from the start of our 2017 accelerator program.   The biggest news yet? Last Friday we announced that we’ve raised $2.2 million

Announcements, Blog

2017 accelerator launch

Highlights from Fast Forward’s 2017 Accelerator Launch

On Tuesday, June 13th Fast Forward, Comcast NBCUniversal, BlackRock, and folks from the NYC tech for good community braved the heatwave to come out to 30 Rockefeller Plaza and celebrate the launch of our 2017 accelerator cohort. It was an inspirational evening, with talks from Jody Kochansky, Managing Director, Head of the Aladdin Product Group

Announcements, Blog

Fast Forward Launches Accelerate Good Global Summit in San Francisco

Over the past three years Fast Forward, the only accelerator exclusively dedicated to tech nonprofits as a sector, has accelerated 23 organizations that are now impacting over 18.4 million lives. As the leader in the tech for good movement, Fast Forward is now hosting the sector-defining event for tech nonprofits, Accelerate Good Global. The summit


Maria Choi

Fast Forward Welcomes Maria Choi to the Team

Our Directory data speaks to the fact that the tech nonprofit sector has grown about 12% every year since 2012. This sector growth calls for increased support, and we’re excited to announce in the past year Fast Forward has more than doubled our internal head count! Last week we brought on our fifth employee, Maria