Bisciotti Foundation Prize for Student Entrepreneurship Fund Application

Bisciotti Foundation Prize for Student Entrepreneurship Fund Application


The Bisciotti Foundation Prize for Student Entrepreneurship is a non-dilutive grant provided by Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. The goal of the Bisciotti Student Prize is to help student startups scale their businesses as they graduate from our FastForward U student entrepreneurship programs on campus. The Bisciotti Student Prize will create a runway for our most promising student entrepreneurs and recent alums, providing them with valuable funding to transform their early stage startups into high-growth companies that we hope will stay in Baltimore.

Criteria for Annual Selection of Startups

  • The startup founder or co-founder must be a current student or an alumnus of Johns Hopkins University within the past three years (graduation date Spring 2016 or more recently).
  • Student startups must have at least one founder or co-founder committed to full-time program management post-graduation.
  • Ideal student and alumni applicants will be pre-Series A but have received grant or venture funding of at least $10,000. All applications will be considered.

Spring 2019 Application Timeline

Applications open
Monday, January 28

Q&A Session for Prospective Applicants
6 – 7 PM, Tuesday, February 12
FastForward U Homewood

Q&A Session for Prospective Applicants
6 – 7 PM, Wednesday, February 13
FastForward (1812 Ashland Ave)

Application Deadline
11:59 PM, Monday, February 18

Pitch Day for Finalists
Friday, March 1
FastForward U Homewood

Winners Notified
Wednesday, March 6

Pitches & Brunch Reception
Saturday, April 6
Time & Location: TBD

How to Apply

  • There will be an annual call for applications for the award.
  • For the 2018-19 Academic Calendar, the application window will run from Jan. 28 – Feb. 18, 2019.
  • Finalists will pitch their venture via Skype or in-person on campus, tentatively scheduled for Feb. 28.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How far along does my venture have to be in order to apply for the Bisciotti Student Prize?
Ideally, your venture should be more than just an idea. You should have demonstrable traction, whether with your prototype or since launching, and have validated the core value proposition you offer.

Can I apply on my own or do I need to have other team members?
You can apply on your own but applying as a team is encouraged.

Does FastForward U take any equity/IP rights to my company through the Bisciotti Student Prize?
No, the Bisciotti Student Prize is a non-dilutive grant meant to provide assistance in bringing your venture to market. We don’t take any equity stake nor do we require repayment.

How much funding is available through this award?
Two prizes will be awarded through this cycle. First prize is $30,000 and second prize is $20,000.

What does the Bisciotti Student Prize provide other than grant money?
Teams will receive mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs with a relevant background as well as help in creating a growth strategy and development goals.

When will the winning teams be announced?
The winning teams will be announced at the annual Brunch and Pitches event at Homecoming (Saturday, April 6) during the Spring Semester, where they will have the opportunity to pitch to a collection of entrepreneurial alumni and local investors.

What are the eligibility qualifications to apply?
At least one founder must be either a current, enrolled JHU student or have graduated from a JHU school as a member of the Class of 2016 or more recently. Additionally, this person must be dedicated to the venture full-time, either currently or post-graduation.

After the application deadline, when will be the next opportunity to apply for the Bisciotti Student Prize?
The next opportunity will be Spring 2020.

Please attend the Q&A session on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at FastForward U Homewood (6-7 pm) or Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Fast Forward, 1812 Ashland Ave. (6-7 pm) in order to ask any remaining questions you may have. If you cannot make the info session, please email Kevin Carter (

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