Slingshot, which started a charitable initiative called LAUNCH, will build a mobile app for a selected charity from the Greater Louisville Area. | Courtesy of Slingshot

A Louisville-based tech company is building a mobile app for a charity within the Greater Louisville area and inviting the community to nominate organizations. 

Through the charity initiative LAUNCH, started by the technology product development company Slingshot, community members can nominate their favorite charitable organization, officials said. Slingshot will select one of these organizations and build a mobile app, worth about $75,000, they said.

David Galownia, CEO and president, Slingshot | Courtesy Slingshot

“We wanted to give back to the community that’s done so much for us — this was a way to make a real, lasting impact,” David Galownia, president and founder of Slingshot, said.

In the past, Slingshot said it had mainly worked with corporations. Galownia said he is excited to work with an organization that doesn’t have the resources to build an app, or had not considered adding technology.

Galownia said LAUNCH has been a project nine months in the making and has been a great way to energize the Slingshot team and meet more of the community.

After brainstorming potential organizations for LAUNCH within the Slingshot team, Galownia said they wanted ideas from the people of Louisville, who could contribute a wider range of nonprofits.

Katie Wright, business development manager, said there is a lot of connectivity within communities in Louisville and she is excited to become more involved.

“There is something new to learn about Louisville all the time,” Wright said. “I’m excited to learn about our city as we make this mobile app.”

Once nominated, the company said, organizations will be able to submit an application explaining how a mobile app would be used and why the organization would benefit from an app. Nonprofit organizations are also able to apply directly without a nomination by Oct. 5.

Slingshot says it will design, test and launch the mobile app for the winning organization. A winner will be announced in February 2019 and the app will be running and on the market by fall 2019, the company said. The applicants will be judged by a panel including members of the Slingshot team, a representative from Metro United Way, the Mayor’s Office and Greater Louisville Inc.

The nomination and application can be accessed on the LAUNCH website. All nominated organizations will receive an application from Slingshot.

Rebekah Alvey
    Louisville native, Alvey is currently pursuing a journalism and Arabic major at Western Kentucky University. In the fall she will be returning to the College Heights Herald as News Editor and previously covered administration and academics on campus. She spent the past five months studying in Aarhus, Denmark, at the Danish School of Media and Journalism where she covered the European Union, abortion laws and world politics. While she loved traveling around Europe for a semester, she is excited to be back and reporting in Louisville.


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