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Fast Forward Accelerator

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Fast Forward

Deadline Date:

12/01/21 Midnight

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Grants of $25,000 and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations in the technology sector for assistance in improving organizational capacity. The program is intended to provide funding, networking opportunities, and training to strengthen and expand the internal operations of technological nonprofits.

While the Accelerator will be virtual, it’s a very robust program. The program will (roughly) take place every Tuesday and Thursday from early March to late June from 9am – 1pm PT, with some additional coaching sessions and 1:1 meetings throughout the week. Demo Days will most likely take place in June, and may be in-person (SF and NY) pending the pandemic. At least one co-founder must attend every session from early March – late June. The co-founder who will pitch at Demo Day must attend every single session from mid-April to late June.

Demo Day is the final event of the Accelerator. It’s a celebration of the growth and progress the cohort has achieved throughout the program. It’s also a valuable fundraising opportunity. Fast Forward curates multiple Demo Days, drawing an audience of 1,000+ – ranging from foundation representatives to corporate social good program leaders to tech philanthropists – all in an effort to unlock capital for the accelerator organizations.

Fast Forward’s program is designed to address the unique needs of tech nonprofits:

  • Capital: Fundraising strategies, including tactics and sources of capital, are different for nonprofits at every stage of the fundraising process as compared to their for-profit peers. There are also unique challenges and opportunities available to tech nonprofits in particular, which the Accelerator will help you navigate.
  • Content: Fast Forward's curriculum is different. Yes, nonprofits must focus on product, scaling, and growth. However, nonprofits also need to learn about board development, governance, leveraging volunteers, and other issues specific to nonprofits. The knowledge base we’ve put together for tech nonprofits differs substantially from what for-profits would find valuable.
  • Customer: Because of their focus on impact over profit, nonprofits often chase the least profitable customer, which impacts go-to-market strategy and customer life cycle in a way that’s different from for-profits.
  • Cohort: Entrepreneurship is lonely; tech nonprofit entrepreneurship even more so. Tech nonprofit leaders say that because of their nonprofit focus they don’t quite fit into for-profit accelerators, and because of their tech/product focus they don’t quite fit into nonprofit fellowships. They share a set of challenges unique to this intersection, and they’re excited to go through a program with others like them as well as provide each other ongoing support as their organizations grow.
  • Community: Key to Fast Forward's mission is building closer ties between the nonprofit and for-profit tech community because the tech world has the opportunity to have a huge impact on these organizations and therefore the world. Fast Forward's focus on collaborative philanthropy is quite different from for-profit accelerators, which don’t need to invest heavily in community building due to the nature of venture investing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180072

Number of Grants:

There are around ten tech nonprofits who participate in each year’s Accelerator.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of $25,000

Term of Contract:

The Accelerator will run from roughly early March 2022 to end of June 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits from around the world are accepted (the 2021 cohort included teams from Turkey, Uganda, and India). At least one member of your team is required to present (virtually) at every session, and present (in person) at any real-life events.

Organizations must be registered as a nonprofit in their country. Fast Forward does not accept B-corps or for-profit social enterprises.

For the Accelerator, Fast Forward accepts tech nonprofits who have built an MVP, or plan to have an MVP live by the start of the Accelerator. While they have accepted some later stage organizations, the Accelerator is designed primarily for organizations working on their first MVP or prototype.

Unfortunately, for-profit corporations and startups are not eligible to apply to Fast Forward at this time.

Pre-Application Information:

The application for the spring 2022 cohort opens October 27, 2021 and closes December 1, 2021.

If you’re selected for an interview, Fast Forward will schedule a 40-minute interview with your team in January. At any time during the application period, they may reach out to ask clarifying questions or get more detail on your tech nonprofit.

Finalists will be selected around late January/early February.

The Accelerator will be mostly virtual in 2022, with the exception of a few in-person events, pending the state of the pandemic. Fast Forward is hoping that everyone can meet in-person for Demo Day in June (in SF or NY).

FAQs: https://www.ffwd.org/faq/#Accelerator

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply: https://forms.gle/eQZsKxjdY1S9syxe6

Email: accelerator@ffwd.org

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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