About FASTForward

FASTForward is a 10-week training program for Austin-based small businesses designed to accelerate business growth and maximize profit.

FASTForward was developed by the IC² Institute at The University of Texas at Austin and is supported by the City of Austin.

Following the success of the 2016 edition, we are excited to offer a second FASTForward course starting in fall 2017.

What is FASTForward?

Small business owners struggle to find the time, resources, and guidance to maximize growth opportunities. This hands-on program guides small business owners to:

  • Identify new business opportunities and revenue streams
  • Differentiate brand message, product, and delivery strategy for more effective reach
  • Develop financial models to enhance growth and funding opportunities
  • Increase the scale of their business

Who are we?

The IC² Institute at The University of Texas at Austin has 40 years of experience helping businesses achieve their potential. We have worked in 35 countries around the world and are the home of the Austin Technology Incubator.

The Small Business Program of the City of Austin fosters job creation and support the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools, and resources to the Austin business community.

What makes this program different?

We understand your challenges! The FASTForward Program brings entrepreneurs proven strategies for accelerating business growth, access to new sales channels, mentor resources, and an exciting peer-to-peer community.


“You’ll gain not only knowledge of your business’ and customers’ needs, but also a strong feeling of empowerment and enthusiasm. The FASTForward teachers and mentors are exceptional resources for business development, and I can’t speak highly enough of their commitment and support for your success.” – Lian Amber, BASSBOSS

“FASTForward is definitely worth the cost of the program. Honestly, I found this program to be priceless!” – Kristen Fields, mmmpanadas

“…the relationships that you build with your peers in the class, the additional mentors and other industry leaders are invaluable.” – Bianca Neal, ReRoute Music Group