Calling Social Entrepreneurs: FastFWD Launches New Cycle

Entrepreneurs can change the world. We’ve seen this already through Wharton alumni launching disruptive ventures that scale or heading a social network that alters the way we communicate. But entrepreneurs can also shape the world through ideas and business practices that lead to lasting civic change. This May, FastFWD – a collaboration among the City of Philadelphia, GoodCompanyRead More

Social Impact Round Up: Week of April 28

Wharton Social Impact Initiative presents a weekly round-up of events and news related to social impact topics.  As the academic year comes to a close, we’d like to thank all of our supporters throughout this year. WSII looks forward to congratulating this year’s graduating class at Commencement on May 18,Read More

News: 10 startups accepted into FastFWD program for civic innovation

FastFWD, a public-private business accelerator designed to stimulate civic innovation, is pleased to announce its first class of entrepreneurs. These 10 startups are focusing on solutions to urban public safety challenges, and will undergo a rigorous three-month program designed to kick-start their early-stage ventures. FastFWD—a partnership among The City ofRead More

News: FastFWD invites entrepreneurs to submit ideas

Where others see problems, social entrepreneurs see opportunity.  That’s the premise behind FastFWD – a collaboration among the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, the City of Philadelphia, and Good Company Group. Through FastFWD, the City of Philadelphia has issued an invitation to innovators across the world:  Come to Philadelphia to developRead More

Student Perspective: FastFWD Infuses Innovation and Entrepreneurship into Philadelphia

In today’s blog post, Wharton student Jay Lundy discusses his involvement with FastFWD — a partnership between the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, and GoodCompany Group. FastFWD connects social innovators and entrepreneurs with local government, unlocking opportunities to identify, cultivate and dispatch solutions to the pressing challenges facing cities acrossRead More

FastFWD to focus on public safety in Philadelphia

Wharton senior and Wharton Social Impact Initiative Resident Fellow Celia Lewis dispatches from the 2013 Social Capital Markets Conference, where she helped present FastFwd, a cutting-edge system for urban innovation created in Philadelphia earlier this year. What if we defined some of the most pressing urban challenges in our societyRead More