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!


  • Early-stage track for teams to validate their ideas.
  • Curriculum focuses on early venture basics, market research, customer discovery, and more.
  • Successfully completing Spark makes many teams ready for Fuel.


  • Later-stage track designed to help ventures get market/investor ready.
  • Focuses on customer development, entrepreneurial finance, investor readiness, and more.
  • Includes multiple mentorship and industry connections as part of the course.

(next cycle in January)

Meet past Fuel cohorts and watch Demo Day footage:


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 are open for SIL’s 2021-22 Cohort. Apply today – deadline October 1.


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

Kerry Ingram

Marketing & Operations Coordinator, FastForward U
Telephone 443-619-0759