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FastFWD, Philly’s public safety accelerator, rethinks itself civic

Oct. 1, 2014 7:57 am

FastFWD, Philly’s public safety accelerator, rethinks itself

FastFWD is launching its second class. We spoke with the 10 startups from the first class, as well as program co-directors Story Bellows and Garrett Melby. Here's what worked, what didn't and what's going to change.
Meet 9 companies in the 2nd FastFWD social enterprise accelerator class business

Sep. 18, 2014 5:24 pm

Meet 9 companies in the 2nd FastFWD social enterprise accelerator class

An online job portal for ex-offenders, an urban farming network and more.
This FastFWD company creates videos to prep inmates for re-entry business

Sep. 12, 2014 8:29 am

This FastFWD company creates videos to prep inmates for re-entry

"[Prisons] spend a lot of money on content that might have a place but kind of misses the mark," said Media In Neighborhoods Group cofounder Jon Kaufman. "It's Ph.D. folks trying to talk to people in prison. We're bringing information straight from the horse's mouth."
How SuperMighty helps game studios make money (hint: charity) business

Sep. 11, 2014 8:29 am

How SuperMighty helps game studios make money (hint: charity)

Ty Burrowbridge and Gavin Potts shut down the digital agency they founded to start a new venture built around a clever idea: tying in-game purchases to charitable donations.
Ycenter Impactathon: Drexel students build health-care tools for Africa civic

Jun. 10, 2014 3:49 pm

Ycenter Impactathon: Drexel students build health-care tools for Africa

An SMS-based tool for fighting malaria won first prize at the two-day hackathon. The winning project was built by a team of Drexel undergrads.
D8A: Can a FastFWD company turn cops into data scientists? business

Jun. 3, 2014 12:30 pm

D8A: Can a FastFWD company turn cops into data scientists?

By analyzing social media feeds, the hope is that police can be pro-active, instead of reactive, when it comes to crime.
Spor: Drexel students raising $100K for solar-powered chargers business

May. 29, 2014 10:30 am

Spor: Drexel students raising $100K for solar-powered chargers

Their big vision is to make energy "more accessible and affordable for the global population."
Philly chapter of socially-minded Investors’ Circle is biggest in U.S. business

May. 28, 2014 12:30 pm

Philly chapter of socially-minded Investors’ Circle is biggest in U.S.

IC-Philadelphia has invested $3 million in 10 companies since its launch, including sustainable laundry service Wash Cycle Laundry, sponsored advertising startup ElectNext (now Versa) and women's financial literacy site DailyWorth.
Village Defense: FastFWD company is a tech-driven town watch business

May. 20, 2014 12:30 pm

Village Defense: FastFWD company is a tech-driven town watch

Communities can use the subscription-based tool to send out alerts via text and other channels if they see something suspicious. The four-year-old company launched with its first Philadelphia customer this Monday.