Past Programs 
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Ventures Accelerator

Founded in 2009, GoodCompany Ventures created the first accelerator designed for the needs of social entrepreneurs. We believe the grit and domain expertise of social change agents are the raw materials of entrepreneurship. 

The Ventures Accelerator challenges social entrepreneurs to scope and quantify the opportunity that their innovation presents, refine their plan for execution and defend their capitalization strategy.  Over an intensive 12-week period, our staff guides entrepreneurs through a series of expert and investor panels, tactical workshops, peer-to-peer critique, and one-on-one coaching, cumulating in an investor pitch event.  



FastFWD was GoodCompany's first application of the Ventures Accelerator in partnership with The City of Philadephia, GoodCompany Ventures and Wharton Social Impact Initiative. Borne out of the City of Philadelphia's participation in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life, the program ran from 2014 to 2015. 

FastFWD was designed to source, accelerate and deploy new technology and innovation to old social problems and to inspire the partnership of city government and social entrepreneurship.
The program was delivered through GoodCompany’s rigorous acceleration framework, which helps entrepreneurs envision persistent social problems as market opportunities, create business models that support long term change, and mobilize capital to accelerate their impact. During the accelerator, entrepreneurs refined their business offerings with subject matter experts and end users from city government, honed their business model with finance and execution experts from Wharton School of Business, and iteratively developed innovations that respond to community concerns with support from social impact designers at The University of the Arts.