From ideas still in the lab to startups building out their business, researchers and entrepreneurs need access to an array of funding opportunities. JHTV helps those at all development stages identify relevant funding, from translational non-dilutive grants to seed and series A funding.
Translational funding enables researchers to set early-stage innovations and discoveries on a path to commercialization.
JHTV manages three translational funds, the Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund, the Cohen Translational Engineering Fund and the Louis B. Thalheimer Fund for Translational Research offered exclusively to those in the Johns Hopkins community.
Additionally, we have extensive knowledge of other translational funds within Johns Hopkins as well as external opportunities. This ensures that you find the funding opportunities you need, whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, faculty member or startup.
Government programs and independent organizations provide non-dilutive funding designed specifically to support the growth of new companies.
JHTV prepares and guides FastForward startups to relevant funding, including Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) company formation funding from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO).
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
The SBIR program uses federal research funds to support early-stage startups pursuing scientific and technological innovation. JHTV increases the likelihood that a FastForward startup will win SBIR funding by providing strategic direction and grant proposal generation assistance.
Additionally, we have extensive knowledge of other translational funds within Johns Hopkins as well as external opportunities. This ensures you find the funding opportunities you need, whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, faculty member or startup.
Established startups with high-growth potential typically seek angel or venture capital investment to fund product development, commercialization and growth. JHTV networks with regional, national and global investors, including angels and venture capitalists, to identify where investors’ focus overlaps with FastForward startups’ solutions.
In addition to facilitating investor meetings, we coach startups through business plan development, pitching and other soft skills.
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Industry sponsored research
These relationships, which JHTV actively facilitates, typically provide researchers with funding and access to the industry collaborator’s development expertise.
Funding for student entrepreneurs
The Ralph S. O’Connor Fund supports undergraduate students launching or developing a venture or technology with grants of $5,000-$10,000.
The JHU Undergraduate Summer Entrepreneurship Award provides $10,000 and support services to one student venture to work on their venture full-time over the summer and receive one-on-one mentorship from a prominent Johns Hopkins alumnus and entrepreneur.
The Bisciotti Foundation Prize for Student Entrepreneurship Fund Application provides up to $30,000 to help student startups scale their businesses as they graduate from our FastForward U student entrepreneurship programs on campus and become part of Baltimore’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The prize is open to students and recent graduates.