FastForward U

FastForward U

Johns Hopkins University’s hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation

What is FastForward U? | Programming | Locations | Funding opportunities
Become a mentor/guest speaker | Students and IP FAQs | Additional resources | Connect with us


What is FastForward U?

A collaborative, cross-disciplinary environment open to all Johns Hopkins students, FastForward U provides training and resources to empower emerging student entrepreneurs to develop ideas and disruptive technologies into successful startups.

From cloud-based pathology platforms and custom manufacturing technologies to fashionable backpacks for photographers and online recruiting platforms, Johns Hopkins students develop an array of promising technologies and products inside and with the support of these student spaces.

Serving freshmen to post-docs from all JHU schools, FastForward U offers student entrepreneurs mentorship, programming, space and funding, including:

  • Funding opportunities providing grants between $500 and $10,000 to help students test ideas and build ventures
  • Educational and social events that build community and provide skills for success
  • Innovation hubs that give students dedicated space to explore ideas and build ventures
  • Mentorship and one-on-one guidance via staff and our extensive network of experts and experienced entrepreneurs

Need more information, feedback on an idea or help navigating our resources?

Email us at to schedule an introductory meeting.

Submit JHU Student Entrepreneur Info Form if you are interested in working with FastForward U.

Request a copy of the FastForward U Startup Kit.



FastForward U hosts regular educational programs and workshops that help student entrepreneurs develop skills, such as pitching and startup management. FastForward U offers its own programming, including our mentorship and one-on-one guidance, Social Innovation Lab, educational and social events and connecting student startups with seasoned experts and successful entrepreneurs.



Student entrepreneurs in the FastForward U program have access to dedicated facilities for innovation. These spaces are open 24/7 and offer co-working space, meeting rooms and workstations for all students.

Learn more

Want to work on your venture at FFU? Apply for a hot desk.

Want to request for a FastForward U event space/room? Submit the FastForward U Space/Room Request Form.

Questions? Contact Kerrie Carden (



Through the gracious support of Johns Hopkins alumni, FastForward U has the opportunity to provide funding to the most dedicated and promising student ventures. For all of these, a rigorous screening process applies to all applicants.

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Become a mentor/guest speaker

Our student entrepreneurs are eager to learn, especially from alumni and professionals who have navigated the startup landscape or have had success in their field. If you are interested in mentoring student entrepreneurs or speaking at an event, contact Kerrie Carden (


Additional resources

In addition to the support we offer, there are many resources within Johns Hopkins and around the city and state that support student entrepreneurs. Below, find a list of organizations and events that will benefit startups at all development stages.


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