Grand Opening: A New Innovation Hub

By Katie Pearce

In September, shortly after Johns Hopkins students returned to campus, they found a new space in nearby Remington dedicated to helping them turn their ideas into successful start-ups.

Called FastFoward U Homewood, the 10,000-square-foot innovation hub features drop-in co-working desks; professional conference rooms; a hardware lab for testing; tools for 3-D printing, laser-cutting, woodworking, and metalsmithing; lockers for storage; and 2,000 square feet of makerspace for all Hopkins students. One open area has room for more than 100 movable seats, along with a large projector wall for video screenings and presentations. Another space will function as a café and lounge.

The new facility is among four FastForward hubs that Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures now operates, including the neighboring space in R House and the FastForward 1812 incubator in East Baltimore.

FastForward U Homewood occupies the second floor of a once-abandoned factory building on Remington Avenue.

“This will be an extracurricular space for all levels of exploration, from casual experimenters to seasoned entrepreneurs and inventors,” says Brian Stansky, senior director of the FastForward program at Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures, which manages the new facility.

Serving freshmen to postdocs from all Johns Hopkins schools, FastForward U Homewood offers student entrepreneurs mentorship, programming, space, and grant funding.

The new innovation hub adds to a now-bustling corner of Remington that includes the 11 food stalls in R House and the retail and apartments of nearby Remington Row.