Fast Forward has raised $2.2 million from heavy hitters like Google.org, BlackRock, and AT&T. The Bay Area accelerator program invests money and mentorship into tech-based nonprofits to help them scale and achieve maximum impact. Since inception in 2014, Fast Forward has worked with 23 companies and raised $28 million in follow-on funding, affecting over 18 million lives.
The eight companies in its 2017 cohort have each received a $25,000 grant and access to a network of industry experts and financiers. They have had three months to prepare and will be pitching their programs to potential investors in late September. These demo days are invite-only, but if you're lucky enough to attend, look forward to seeing companies like MindRight, a text messaging service to help young people manage stress, and IssueVoter, a nonpartisan political service that alerts voters to new bills and helps them understand the issues they care about. Find out more about Fast Forward and access the complete list of participating companies HERE.