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.

Legal Support

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

Bloomberg Terminal

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.

Financial Services

The Fulton Financial Corporation’s new Life Sciences and Technology Division will be developing innovative, disruptive initiatives in order to support the life sciences and technology industry. FastForward members are invited to schedule a 30-minute, virtual session to meet with Fulton Bank’s new division to discuss banking solutions for life sciences and technology startups.

Cloud Solutions

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.

Want to learn more?

If you have questions about any of our support services, please feel free to contact us for further information.

Mark VanderZyl

Associate Director, Startup Advancement