Startup Resources

Startup Resources

Educational Resources | The Mentors-in-Residence Program (MIR) | Accounting/Tax Resources | Legal Support Resources | Information Resources | Career Opportunities with JHU Startups

Developing a startup into a sustainable business presents unfamiliar challenges. FastForward accelerates the growth of early-stage ventures by providing basic legal and accounting support, access to information resources, networking opportunities and more.


Educational Resources

FastForward provides access to a series of programs to help entrepreneurs better navigate the startup landscape. Programs include:

I-CorpsThe National Science Foundation’s I-Corps helps scientists and engineers think outside of the lab, develop business plans and perform customer discovery projects.


Startup Creation Series These workshops held throughout the year provide entrepreneurs insights into startup challenges like creating a pitch deck, managing an early venture and obtaining funding.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp This annual series provides the skills and knowledge entrepreneurs need to turn raw ideas into validated business proposals.

Contact Ricky Venters ( for more information.

The Mentors-in-Residence Program (MIR)

Each of our FastForward members is paired with one or more mentors who have successfully built, sold and invested in startup companies. These Mentors-In-Residence (MIRs) operate under nondisclosure agreements and share their business and technical expertise with FastForward startups.

Contact Ricky Venters ( for more information.


Accounting/Tax Resources

Deloitte and SC&H Group, the exclusive accounting sponsor of FastForward, provides pro bono accounting consultations to FastForward members. They also offer workshops, on-site office hours and more.

Deloitte and SC&H Group have recently advised on topics such as accounting for small business grants, audit preparedness, and important tax deadlines.

Contact Mark VanderZyl ( with questions or to schedule an appointment.


Legal Support Resources

FastForward members receive pro bono legal support from DLA Piper, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Venable and Whiteford Taylor Preston. These four Baltimore law firms provide each new Johns Hopkins-licensed company with 15 hours of corporate legal work to get them established and an additional five consultation hours about mutually agreed-upon subject matter.

The firms also have on-site Legal Office Hours for FastForward members every month.

Contact Mark VanderZyl ( with questions or to schedule an appointment.


Information Resources

Bloomberg TerminalGenerously donated by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the terminal, located in FastForward 1812, allows FastForward members to monitor and analyze real-time market data.

To reserve a timeslot, contact Julie Simon (

TEDCO Market Search Database Terminal Supplied and supported by TEDCO, the terminal in FastForward 1812 gives 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.

To reserve a timeslot, contact Julie Simon (

To learn about other FastForward resources, contact Mark VanderZyl (


Career Opportunities with JHU Startups

Contact Ricky Venters ( for more information.


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