FastForward U offers space, programming, one-on-one guidance and mentorship.


Launch and grow a successful startup with one-on-one guidance and support from FastForward U’s extensive network of mentors, including FastForward team members, alumni and others who have industry knowledge and experience building successful startups.

FastForward U Friday Office Hours

Throughout the year, students at all stages can connect with our staff to meet and discuss their questions. Our team provides guidance and connects students to appropriate resources within and outside of Johns Hopkins University. To add to that support, students have the opportunity to meet one-on-one for 30 minutes with FFU’s Director of Student Ventures, Kerrie Carden, to get expert feedback and insight on their ventures.

Social Innovation Lab

Learn how SIL supports innovative nonprofits, mission-driven companies and disruptive technologies that aim to create change and opportunity in Baltimore and beyond.

The Commercialization Academy

Explore joining the Commercialization Academy. Select graduate and undergraduate students will be provided experiential learning opportunities in commercial assessment, intellectual property management, agreement monitoring and other related areas.


Student ventures are able to apply for 24/7 access to our facility and workstations in addition to exclusive FastForward U members-only resources.


FastForward U host a range of educational and social events for student entrepreneurs.

Match Night

FastForward U hosts a Match Night networking event to help connect our student founders with other talented students that are interested in getting involved with a startup.

Founders' Roundtables

These topic-focused gatherings offer the opportunity for a very small group of founders to candidly discuss their challenges and questions with a seasoned expert as well as to learn about approaches to the same issues from their fellow founders.

Weekend Design Sprint

Similar to a hackathon, over 48 hours, teams of all stages will make dedicated progress on a given goal with the support of mentors, FFU resources and most important, food.

Student Startup Showcase

A celebration of the JHU student entrepreneurship ecosystem, the Student Startup Showcase gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to share their venture with the JHU community in a fun year-end event.

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Learn more

If you have questions about any of our numerous resources or variety of events, please contact us.

Kerry Ingram

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