The FFU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge brings together a variety of award opportunities into a single event, offering students a streamlined process to access funding to work on their ventures over the summer.

All awards include:
-Ability to pay for room and board
-Coworking space at FFU
-Access to mentors and advisers

Each award opportunity is described below. While the awards have separate applications, the content of each application is similar. We suggest you write out your answers for the applications in a separate document and copy & paste for each individual application you’ll submit.

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2021 @ 11:59pm
Interviews: March 10-15, 2021
Winners Announced: March 29, 2021

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Summer Undergraduate Award 

Award Details:

The Summer Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Award supports one Johns Hopkins undergraduate-led startup each year with grant funding of $10,000. The award functions like a paid internship, enabling students to use their summer break from coursework to focus on building a successful company. Ideal applications will show validation for the business’ technical and revenue approach and demonstrated success in securing other grants or investments. Winners of previous awards have typically already been incorporated (or done so shortly after winning) and worked on their ventures 40+ hours/week for the duration of the grant. 

Award Size: $10,000 

Award Duration: Through August 31, 2021 

Eligibility: Ventures with at least 1 JHU current undergraduate student as a founder. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply. 

APPLY HERE! 

Summer MedTech Award 

Award Details:

The Summer MedTech Award supports one JHU student led startup working on medical technology to make significant progress over the summer. The award is coupled with mentorship from an experienced medtech entrepreneur who can guide the award winner in the next steps to market. 

Award Size: $10,000 

Award Duration: Through August 31, 2021 

Eligibility: Ventures with at least 1 JHU current student (undergraduate, graduate or post-doc) as a founder. 

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Graduate Student Award 

Award Details:

The FastForward U Thalheimer Graduate Student Award (GSA) supports Johns Hopkins graduate students aiming to solve major challenges through entrepreneurship. Ideal candidates are actively prototyping or close to working prototype/MVP. 

Award Size: $10,000 

Award Duration: Through August 31, 2021 

Eligibility: Ventures with at least one current JHU graduate or post-doc student founder.  Ventures can be at any stage, focus on any industry/vertical/problem and may utilize technology or not. 

APPLY HERE! 

Bisciotti Student Prize 

Award Details:

The Bisciotti Foundation Prize for Student Entrepreneurship is a non-dilutive grant designed to help student startups scale their businesses as they graduate from our FastForward U student entrepreneurship programs on campus.  

The Bisciotti Student Prize creates a runway for our most promising student entrepreneurs and recent alums, providing them with valuable funding to transform their early stage startups into high-growth companies that we hope will stay in Baltimore. Ideal applicants will be pre-Series A but have received grant, venture funding or revenue of at least $10,000.  

Award Size: 1st – $30,000, 2nd – $20,000 

Award Duration: June 30, 2022 

Eligibility: Ventures led by at least one current JHU student (undergraduate, graduate or post-doc), or ’18 – ’20 JHU alumni 

APPLY HERE! 

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