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Johns Hopkins University’s FastForward U: A Case Study in Comprehensive Support of Student Entrepreneurship

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Originally presented: February 15, 2018

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At many university TTOs, a historical focus on faculty research has resulted in relatively weak support for the student innovation ecosystem – and it’s a gap that many schools are now rushing to fill. It’s true that many universities hold student innovation contests and offer mentoring programs for the most promising business-minded students. But your TTO can go further by creating an ecosystem with a strong talent pool to not only build valuable start-ups, but keep these young entrepreneurs and their companies in the region, contributing to the local economy and creating an environment that’s attractive to outside investors and industry partners.

A perfect example of executing on this strategy can be found at Johns Hopkins University, where the FastForward U program is creating space, expert support, and financing for students who are building ventures that may originate outside the university’s labs. The comprehensive support provided helps student innovators realize their start-up visions, while also expanding the university’s economic footprint and innovation ecosystem.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured Darius Graham, Director of Student Ventures for Johns Hopkins University, to lead this case-study style webinar that will shed light on JHU’s efforts, successes, failures and future plans for their student innovators:

Johns Hopkins University’s FastForward U: A Case Study in Comprehensive Support of Student Entrepreneurship

Topics covered will include:

  • Background on JHU entrepreneurship & innovation efforts
  • Insight into JHU’s unique approach to supporting students
  • How each program functions:
    • Events
    • Funding
    • Space
    • 1:1 Support
    • Support Networks
  • Resources and tools
  • Metrics and results

PLUS! Hear the original Q&A portion of the program

Meet your session leader:

Darius GrahamDarius Graham, JD
Director of Student Ventures
Johns Hopkins University

Mr. Graham leads entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives that help transform new technologies and novel ideas into viable ventures. Among these initiatives are FastForward U, a suite of resources and a network of innovation hubs for student entrepreneurs, and the Social Innovation Lab, a program that supports emerging ventures and leaders seeking to change Baltimore and the world.

He is a lecturer in the graduate management program at Goucher College where he teaches courses on social entrepreneurship. He is the author of the award-winning book, Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World.

Mr. Graham previously founded DC Social Innovation Project, a non-profit that provided funding and pro bono assistance to help launch and grow innovative, grassroots community initiatives in Washington, DC. He is a former Social Entrepreneur-In-Residence at University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and has served as a mayor-appointed commissioner on the District of Columbia Commission on National & Community Service.

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