Alison Alvarez and Tomer Borenstein, both from CMU, cofounded the company just one year ago. Since its inception in 2016, Alvarez and Borenstein have gone on to win $150,000 from the Forbes Fund’s UpPrize, the most well-funded social innovation challenge in our region. BlastPoint introduced itself to Pittsburgh’s larger nonprofit community at the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership Summit earlier this month. PCRG staff attended their conference session and got to witness firsthand the tools they have been developing. BlastPoint’s main pitch to nonprofits is that the private sector has long had the money and expertise to purchase data tools that help them make better decisions, putting the nonprofit sector at a disadvantage. When you pay to become a member of BlastPoint, you are able to access thousands of datasets that you then connect to a geographic boundary.
We were impressed with the ease and functionality of the service, and can see how it could level the playing field by putting more analytical power into the hands of smaller organizations. We hope to see even more data and visualization tools be added as they grow, and hope that their commitment to innovation remains in Pittsburgh.