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. Spark and Fuel tracks include a stipend and the chance to win additional funds at Demo Days.

Learn more about each track below.

Spark and Fuel applications will open again in December!

SPARK ACCELERATOR

  • 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

  • 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.

SUMMER INCUBATOR

A new, six-week, co-working experience for student ventures ready to take a “deep dive” into building their startups. Student teams at any stage of development are invited to apply; program participants will be expected to work at least 20 hours a week at the FastForward U building while engaging in mentorship and networking opportunities. Students can also apply to live on campus and receive a small grant.

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.
Click here for SIL application information. Deadline: October 31

 

Questions?

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

Josh Ambrose

Director, Student Ventures