FastForward U



FastForward U

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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 have developed an array of promising technologies and products.

FastForward U supports student entrepreneurs like these with mentorship, programming, space and funding.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in working with FastForward U.
Our Student Venture Coordinator, Kevin Carter ( will follow up with you shortly to schedule an introductory meeting.



Launch and grow a successful startup with one-on-one support from FastForward U’s extensive network of mentors, including FastForward team members, alumni and others who have extensive industry knowledge and experience building successful startups.

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Questions? Contact Kevin Carter (



In addition to our own programming, FastForward U supports student organizations hosting events and workshops that foster entrepreneurship and innovation and facilitates opportunities outside of the Johns Hopkins ecosystem. This includes:


A student-run event focusing on innovation at the crossroads of medical entrepreneurship and technological development.

3 Day Startup

This 72-hour learning-by-doing campus program teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.

Pizza and Pitches

A FastForward U event series enabling student entrepreneurs to share ideas, network and attend workshops that address startup challenges specific to students.


A student-led collaborative event that awards cash prizes to teams solving real-world problems using technology.


This program by the National Science Foundation helps scientists and engineers think outside of the lab to develop business plans and perform customer discovery projects.



Student entrepreneurs in the FastForward U program have access to dedicated facilities on the East Baltimore and Homewood campuses. These spaces in the Wyman Building on the Homewood Campus and FastForward East on the medical campus are open 24/7 and offer co-working space, meeting rooms and workstations for registered FastForward U members.

In 2018, the Homewood location will move to Remington, across the street from R. House and just a short walk from the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. FastForward East at Rangos transitioned to a student space in summer 2017. These spaces create permanent homes for student entrepreneurs to explore this extracurricular area of interest.

See our student space | Register now
Questions? Contact Darius Graham (



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.

JHU Undergraduate Summer Entrepreneurship Award

Provides $10,000 and support services to one student startup to work on their venture full-time over the summer and receive one-on-one mentorship from a prominent Johns Hopkins alumnus and entrepreneur.

Who: Undergraduate students launching or developing a business or technology
Timeline: Annual award, March deadline


Ralph S. O’Connor Fund

Supports student entrepreneurship with grants of $5,000-$10,000.

Who: Undergraduate students launching or developing a business or technology
Timeline: Annual award, November deadline for applications



SIL supports innovative nonprofits, mission-driven companies and disruptive technologies that aim to create change and opportunity in Baltimore and beyond.

A number of student ventures have used the funding, mentorship, office space and workshops that SIL provides to develop their ideas for social entrepreneurship into sustainable ventures that make a measurable impact.


The Commercialization Academy

Interested in becoming an entrepreneur or better understanding how innovative research turns into commercial opportunities?

JHTV’s Commercialization Academy provides experiential learning opportunities to select graduate and undergraduate students interested in commercial assessment, intellectual property management, agreement monitoring and other related areas.


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.

Our mentors provide one-on-one support to help students’ startups reach their potential. We also have guest speaking opportunities for prominent alumni and business leaders to share their experiences and expertise with our aspiring student entrepreneurs.

Interested in mentoring student entrepreneurs or speaking at an event? Contact Darius Graham (

Additional resources

A number of organizations at Johns Hopkins and around Maryland provide student entrepreneurs with educational, funding and networking opportunities.


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