FastForward U’s accelerator programming is an opportunity for student teams from across the University to work collaboratively to make progress on their ventures. These engaging, cross-disciplinary initiatives build skills, grow networks, and connect founders with other entrepreneurial students.

Teams are grouped by stage to allow students to learn together at a pace that makes sense for where they are on their entrepreneurial journey. Each track includes a stipend and the chance to win additional funds at Demo Days.

Learn more about each track below.

SPARK ACCELERATOR

In spring 2022, Spark will be offered as an online cohort. 

  • Early-stage track for teams to explore and validate their ideas.
  • Asynchronous curriculum focuses on early venture basics, market research, customer discovery, and more.
  • Live, weekly MasterMind check-ins for brainstorming and feedback hour.
  • Successfully completing Spark makes many teams ready for Fuel.

FUEL ACCELERATOR

In the spring, the Fuel cohort will be facilitated online via twice-a-week, live meetings.

  • Later-stage track designed to help committed ventures get market/investor ready.
  • Focuses on customer acquisition, marketing development, entrepreneurial finance, investor readiness, team-building, and more via customized attention (workshops, 1:1 mentorship, and more).
  • Weekly cohort meetings throughout the semester with special guests (founders, VC, JHTV staff, and more).
  • Includes multiple mentorship and industry connections as part of the program.
NEXT CYCLE OPEN IN AUGUST

Meet past cohorts and watch Demo Day footage:

THE SOCIAL INNOVATION LAB ACCELERATOR

In addition to FastForward U’s Spark and Fuel accelerators, JHTV offers an accelerator through its Social Innovation Lab (SIL) for mission-driven startups working towards a solution with a stated social or environmental impact.

  • Open to early-stage ventures with demonstrated traction (for-profit and non-profit).
  • Ventures work in a cohort structure with other Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore-area entrepreneurs.
  • Focuses on customer discovery, financial literacy and fundraising, impact measurement, storytelling, and more.
  • Provides access to a wide network of mentors, advisors, partners, and funders in Baltimore and beyond.
  • Offers the opportunity to win a $25,000 cohort prize.
APPLICATIONS WILL REOPEN IN AUGUST

 

Questions?

Want to learn more about the Accelerators, which track is right for you, or how to apply?

Josh Ambrose

Director, Student Ventures