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CTIA Wireless Foundation is dedicated to the development of mobile technology that promotes social innovation. We embrace the wireless industry’s spirit of entrepreneurism and believe in the promise of wireless technology to improve communities nationwide.

The Foundation partners with nonprofit and mission-driven enterprises that accelerate tech social entrepreneurs’ work. With an emphasis on impact at scale, we are proud to partner with organizations that nurture and develop the potential of social entrepreneurs to deliver positive outcomes made possible by wireless technology.

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Fast Forward Alumni

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Fast Forward Alumni

78% of Fast Forward alumni have personal experience with the problem they are solving.

CTIA Wireless Foundation is proud to partner with Fast Forward, a San Francisco-based organization that invests in entrepreneurs who are using technology to create social impact.Fast Forward works with tech nonprofits to build a bridge between the tech and social sectors and equip organizations with the funding and resources they need to scale their operations.

Tech Nonprofit: tech startups that build original software or hardware with the primary goal of scaling social impact instead of increasing financial profits.

Fast Forward’s flagship Accelerator program works to connect tech nonprofits with seed funding, mentors, peer communities and fundraising opportunities.

Over the course of the program each organization in the cohort receives:

  • Three months of training
  • Three demo days, where they have the opportunity to pitch 600+ philanthropists
  • Mentorship from 100+ advisors in the tech and social sectors
  • $25,000 in unrestricted funding
  • Support from Accelerator partners

With the program now in its sixth year, the 2019 Accelerator cohort was made up of a group of 21 rising entrepreneurs leading 10 solution-focused tech nonprofits. 90% of the organizations in the Accelerator have a woman co-founder and 80% have a co-founder who is a person of color.

Demo Day 2019

CTIA Wireless Foundation was thrilled to see the cohort’s work at the 2019 Demo Days and in our role as a mentor to the entrepreneurs during their training. The 2019 Accelerator cohort includes:

  • Almost Fun SAT: An app fusing pop culture with SAT prep to make studying a little more fun
  • ample Labs: A chatbot that finds meals, shelter, drop–ins, and clothing for people facing homelessness
  • CoachMe: A mobile health coach for low-income individuals with cardiovascular disease

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2019 Accelerator Cohort with Fast Forward staff.

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Karin Underwood of CoachMe pitches at Fast Forward Demo Day.

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Lisa Wang of Almost Fun pitches at Fast Forward Demo Day.

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Wireless device captures CG Chen of Ample Labs pitch at Fast Forward Demo Day.

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