Developing a startup into a sustainable business presents unfamiliar challenges. FastForward accelerates the growth of early-stage ventures by providing numerous services to entrepreneurs including legal and support, access to information resources, networking opportunities and more.
Accounting and Tax Resources
FastForward members are offered pro bono consultation from local firms in business accounting, tax and audit practices. Consultation services include an introductory advisory discussion and follow up phone conversations. These firms also provide educational seminars followed by office hours monthly in the FastForward innovation hubs.
FastForward members are provided pro bono services from local law firms who have a long history of working with Hopkins. Also offered are pro bono hours of corporate legal work in order to establish FastForward companies. The firms are on site for office hours the first Thursday for each month
The Bloomberg Terminal connects decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. Located at FastForward 1812, this service is generously donated by the Bloomberg Philanthropies and allows FastForward members to monitor and analyze real-time market data.
TEDCO Market Search Database Terminal
Supplied and supported by TEDCO, the terminal in FastForward 1812 provides entrepreneurs access to market intelligence for the life sciences sector, analyses of customer needs, insights into emerging technologies and more. This feature is available to all entrepreneurs, regardless of their affiliation with FastForward.
SBIR Office Hours
The generous support of BioHealth Innovation allows JHTV to offer SBIR office hours at FastForward 1812. This service allows entrepreneurs to learn more about the SBIR process, the requirements necessary for an R&D to be funded by this program and the possibility of having some prepared consulting support to improve draft funding applications.
As the financial services partner of FastForward, PNC Bank hosts office hours to consult on banking services including liquidity management, treasury management, foreign exchange, credit, risk management and strategic alternatives. They also host group sessions with subject matter experts who provide a deep knowledge in key financial areas.
Microsoft has implemented a program that helps startups succeed by offering free access to Microsoft Azure cloud computing services, software and support.
Commercial Real Estate
Through FastForward, members are offered pro-bono consulting services for real estate needs, including but not limited to strategic planning, budgeting, site selection and lease or purchase negotiation in addition to the coordination of advisors and vendors for space design, construction services and move-in.
Laboratory Equipment and Services
Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science by providing an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support, through five premier brands: Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services.
Equipment Financing and Capital Preservation
CSC Leasing Company provides equipment leasing services for startup, emerging-growth and enterprise level companies. They can help companies obtain the equipment they need to achieve their business goals at the lowest possible cost, which allows entrepreneurs to conserve equity capital and bank facilities for mission critical growth and operating initiatives.