I have 5 years of direct experience working with student entrepreneurs at America's top universities. Before you think I'm too young, remember who your department is serving.
Hi, my name is Kevin Carter.
Some of my friends call me Coach.
As a former student entrepreneur myself at Georgetown University, I know what a game-changer it can be to have your college’s support and resources while building a venture. And as the first Student Program Manager for FastForward U - Johns Hopkins University's (JHU) student entrepreneurship center - I’ve worked with over 300 student ventures.
Beginning in Fall 2017, the FastForward U team and I laid the foundation for a university entrepreneurship center at JHU. That included opening a brand new 10,000 square ft. innovation hub/makerspace, creating a mentor engagement program for Johns Hopkins alumni, allocating $250,000+ in non-dilutive funding for promising student ventures, and launching a two-track accelerator program in order to help student entrepreneurs take their ventures to the next level.
My goal now is to use my experience gained while at JHU in order to assist other universities in their mission to create thriving university entrepreneurial ecosystems.
I've worked with over 200 student entrepreneurs, and dozens of university startup centers. Here's how I can help:
I have worked with Kevin for the past few years through FastForwardU at Johns Hopkins University. He’s been such a valuable resource to our team as we grew from an academic design project into a company, from providing us with pitch feedback, funding opportunities, and business model advice to just being a great sounding board through the entrepreneurial journey.
As an entrepreneur, everyday I face tough decisions. As a student entrepreneur, I navigate those tough decisions with limited prior experience. This is where mentorship comes into play. Throughout my journey as an entrepreneur, Kevin has been one of my most impactful mentors. Kevin has guided my team and I in taking what at one point was just an idea to ultimately become a revenue generating and profitable business.
From helping us secure our first contract to connecting us with pre-seed funding, Kevin is always employing his experience, network, and time to advance our company. Having him in our corner has been key in our journey in becoming a sustainable, rapidly growing business. I fully recommend Kevin as a mentor, career coach, and advocate to any student seeking to take their business to the next level.
Students are still yearning for the opportunity to launch and scale their startups, so it's time to create entrepreneurial programs that are adapted for the times.
While most universities have gone virtual this Fall, student entrepreneurship has adapted. Accelerators, pitch competitions, and workshops can all be done digitally.
I can help you to create and manage programming that keeps your student entrepreneurs engaged during COVID.
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