FastForward (FFWD) is the UK’s first and leading Pre-Accelerator Programme. The initiative is delivered by The Accelerator Network in partnership with Capital Enterprise to prepare startup teams for first funding and successful application and entry into leading accelerators. Loughborough University London, Brunel University London, UCL and London South Bank University are also partners in the scheme.

The programme aims to teach and mentor teams or individuals who have an idea and want to build a scalable business. It concludes with an opportunity for teams to pitch to join an accelerator or incubator to find grant funding or equity investment. Selected teams access a six-week programme of pre-accelerator support delivered in one-day sprints, coupled with a customised toolkit combining the best aspects of Lean Startup, Design Thinking, MBA analysis, common sense and street smarts.