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Integration across Harvard to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.
The big “Hi” that beams down from Batten Hall at 125 Western Avenue signals something entirely newthe Harvard Innovation Lab, a highly visible symbol of the School’s commitment to fostering collaboration across the University, particularly in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. The i-lab, which occupies the building’s first floor, was planned and constructed in early 2011. (The two upper floors house the MBA Program hives and support FIELD and field-based learning.) The facility is a resource for all of Harvard, where students and faculty from across the University meet for classes, events, and the hatching of entrepreneurial ideas.
HBS Dean Nitin Nohria chairs the i-lab steering committee, whose members include Harvard Provost Alan Garber and University deans and faculty leaders. Professor Joe Lassiter, a specialist in high-potential ventures with deep management experience in the technology sector, is the faculty chair; former faculty member Peter Tufano served as the founding co-chair. Director Gordon Jones has worked in businesses ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500, and he has mentored and taught many future entrepreneurs.
30,000 square feet of highly configurable space
seats 80 at tables, 150 with chairs alone
for up to 200, with rolling tables and whiteboards
24 varying layouts, video conferencing
power tools, prototyping materials, 3-D printer
Student social space:
gaming zone, kitchen, basketball court
open to the public as well as the Harvard community; space for informal gatherings, lectures, and events with entrepreneurs and innovators
Programs for Research in Markets & Organizations (PRIMO) debuted in summer 2011, bringing more than a dozen highly motivated Harvard undergraduates to HBS to experience business research firsthand. The 10-week program pairs the PRIMO Fellows with faculty members to join in their ongoing research in fields ranging from behavioral finance to organizational behavior. The Fellows also interact with faculty in seminars designed to enhance their research skills and give them personal insights into academic careers. Living at the College with students in other Harvard undergraduate research programs, the Fellows participate in evening programming that features prominent researchers and scientists.