When you’re building social impact tech, better advice means greater impact. That’s why we’re launching The Fast Forward Academy to give you a front-row seat to key advice that will help you scale your work.

TAKE ME TO THE FAST FORWARD ACADEMY

After running our Accelerator for 7 years and working with hundreds of entrepreneurs, we know that good advice goes a long way. So, we’ve decided to bring you — the people building social impact tech — the best advice, in a big way. Drumroll please…introducing The Fast Forward Academy, our brand-new, free series of classes to help you…


As teachers have moved to distance learning, doctors have shifted to telehealth, and much of the world has transitioned online, the need for digital solutions is greater than ever. Tech nonprofits are stepping up to bring these solutions to people across the globe. To support the invaluable work of many of these organizations, Fast Forward partnered with the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation on the second annual HPE Accelerating Impact Campaign. Through this company-wide program, every HPE team member received a $25 donation credit from the HPE Foundation to give to one of 40 featured tech nonprofits.

The result? A staggering…


Hope probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think about 2020. But it’s what we — and chances are, the 1000+ people across 40+ countries who tuned in — were left feeling after Demo Day 2020: hopeful. To celebrate a summer of virtual acceleration, the nine tech nonprofits in this year’s program rocked the Demo Day stage to pitch their transformative solutions to our world’s biggest social challenges.

Experience the Demo Day magic by watching it now.

Watch Demo Day

And the impact was big: those 1000+ audience members donated over $400K to launch these social…


18 entrepreneurs. 9 world-changing solutions. And the best part: 2 virtual Demo Days where you can meet them.

After a summer of learning, growth, and wayyy too many hours on Zoom during our Accelerator, these entrepreneurs are ready to begin chapter 2 of their impact journey at Demo Day 2020. The event will feature pitches from each tech nonprofit, and the opportunity to meet the entrepreneurs (thanks, technology!). Let’s face it: we could all use a little boost of inspiration. At Demo Day, we promise inspiration aplenty.

Join us at Fast Forward’s Demo Day on Wednesday, 9/16 at 4pm PT (7pm ET) or Thursday, 9/17 at noon PT (3pm ET). Same content across both days.

Register for Demo…


It’s that time of year…Fast Forward Accelerator season! But this year comes with a twist: we’re kicking off our first-ever virtual Accelerator. We’re thrilled to announce the nine innovative tech nonprofits that make up the 2020 cohort. We’re in unprecedented times, and the potential of these tech nonprofits meets the scale of the challenges we face as a world today.

Over the next three months, the cohort will experience all the enriching aspects of our Accelerators of years past — with a virtual spin. We’re talking curated workshop-style trainings, mentorship from 100+ advisors from the tech and social sectors, the…


George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Michael Brown. Sandra Bland. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. And countless others.

Black Lives Matter. The outrage against police violence has never been more visible, and the cries to address systemic racism have never been louder. Tech nonprofits are working alongside communities and coalitions at the institutional, policy, and community levels to make this moment one of lasting change.

Campaign Zero, Good Call, and Raheem — all founded by Black entrepreneurs — are on the frontlines of this fight. They’re leveraging technology from data-driven platforms to digital hotlines to end police violence against Black communities. …


Amidst these uncertain times, we’ve been blown away by the incredible work tech nonprofits are doing to respond to COVID-19. But at the same time, we know organizations are facing a host of challenges. That’s why we’re rounding up resources tech nonprofits need now, from COVID-19 grants, to strategies for effective remote work, to opportunities for mentorship and pro-bono support.

These resources are first shared in Fast Forward’s Weekly Resource Roundup, a weekly newsletter sharing funding and resources for tech nonprofits. If you want fresh opportunities in your inbox every Saturday morning, subscribe here for free.

We will keep this…


From across the US, to Peru, the UK, Kenya, Tanzania, India, and more, 1,525 people tuned into Accelerate Good Global: Virtual Edition — and it was an experience for the books. As the first and only virtual social impact tech conference (as far as we know!), Accelerate Good Global: Virtual Edition captured the magic of AGGs past, showcased the strength of the tech for good community, and fostered meaningful conversation and connection-building during a time of great uncertainty.

We hosted the conference on Hopin, the online event platform that gave attendees the unique opportunity to live stream a full day…


Fast Forward welcomes our new Social Impact Community Manager, Alicia Baquero.

This year, I set out to accomplish one objective: become an advocate for the social causes I’ve always cared about. Today, I am thrilled to be doing just that by joining the Fast Forward family. Before moving to the U.S. four years ago, I worked with underserved communities in Ecuador. I helped immigrants obtain small business grants and volunteered to educate low-income families on financial issues. Then, I moved to the Bay Area.

The Bay Area brought all types of new experiences during my roles with leading tech companies…


Fast Forward welcomes our new Content and Communications Associate: Maddy Chung.

“I’m fascinated by the intersection of social impact and technology,” I wrote in my LinkedIn bio the summer after graduating college. At least I I thought I was–I knew about a few tech nonprofits, which I’d later learn they are called–but didn’t really know about the work being done where these two industries converge. More importantly, I was unsure about how I could fit into the picture. When I found Fast Forward, I was beyond excited about the work they do to advance social impact tech (seriously, I could…

Fast Forward

Improving the world by accelerating tech nonprofits

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store