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What is FastForward?
FastForward is an accelerator at Johns Hopkins that serves as a catalyst for the advancement and commercialization of an array of innovations that are derived both at the University and elsewhere. The goal of FastForward is to help early ventures increase the probability of realizing their potential and bring innovation and life-changing technologies to market. This is accomplished by providing them with:

  • Education in the form of programs, services and access to knowledgeable faculty, staff, industry and regulatory partners
  • Mentorship from experienced industry, startup, and funding veterans
  • Services from basic legal and accounting services, to business analysis, to IT infrastructure to equipment
  • Affordable Space in the form of different affordable and flexible locations providing a combination of a co-working environment, dedicated office space, and both shared and dedicated lab space


Where is FastForward?
FastForward recognizes that most startup companies will need affordable office and/or lab space, common areas to promote collaboration, and access to other essential services such as Internet access. To meet this need, FastForward operates three accelerator locations. Please contact our staff for more detailed information.

FastForward East | 855 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205 | Map it
FastForward East, in the John G. Rangos Sr. Building, is closely tied to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, while welcoming external scientists and technical experts at the new facility.

The East Baltimore accelerator has 4,000 square feet of communal and office space and 2,500 square feet of lab space, and will accommodate up to seven companies needing a BSL2-level wet lab. The labs will be stocked with gel readers, microcentrifuges, 80-below-zero freezers, lyophilizers, incubators and biosafety hoods.

FastForward Homewood | 810 Wyman Park Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21211 | Map it

The 13,000-square-foot accelerator, in Baltimore’s historic Stieff Building, is within a mile of the Johns Hopkins University campus. Qualifying startups are eligible for office space and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for up to two years. Other amenities include Internet access, spacious conference and meeting rooms, common areas and remodeled office space.

Coming Soon – FastForward 1812 | 1812 Ashland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21205 | Map it

FastForward 1812 will open in early 2017 at 1812 Ashland Ave., expanding our offerings in East Baltimore. The innovation hub will have 8,000 square feet of office and co-working space, 15,000 square feet of wet lab space and other features, including:

  • Shared desks and private office space
  • Shared BSL2 benches and private BSL2 wet labs
  • State-of-the-art conferencing and event space
  • Cell culture, microscopy and cold storage rooms
  • Unlimited coffee to fuel inspiration

Learn more about FastForward 1812.

Coming Soon – FastForward R.House | 301 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211 | Map it

Plans are underway to move FastForward Homewood from the Stieff Silver building into a hub designed specifically with startups in mind. Opening in late 2017, the new FastForward Homewood will have 9,000 square feet of office, meeting and lab space at R. House in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood, a burgeoning hub for entrepreneurship within blocks of the Homewood campus.

FastForward MoCo | 9601 Medical Center Dr, Rockville, MD 20850 | Map it

Established in 1988, JHU’s Montgomery County Campus, MCC currently has 41 acres with 215,000 square feet of office, education and lab space, and the campus will have potential for an additional 1.9 million square feet of office, education and lab space when construction is complete. A 575,000-square-foot facility for the National Cancer Institute is adjacent.

FastForward Virtual
Many early ventures aren’t ready to move into their own space yet but still need access to the resources that FastForward has to offer. FastForward is prepared to screen technologies for startup venture potential and, when appropriate, facilitate the development of a commercialization plan and strategy for advancing the venture. FastForward also helps entrepreneurs navigate legal, market, operational, funding, strategic and other hurdles all the way from company formation to advanced venture capital deal-making.


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