The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship was made possible by the extraordinary generosity and vision of pioneering venture capitalist, Arthur Rock, MBA '51. In 2003, Arthur Rock donated $25 million to HBS to support faculty and their research in the field of entrepreneurial management and to galvanize our community with the energy and spirit for what's next. The Rock Center has embraced Arthur Rock's vision in becoming the "Center of What's Next." Through a community of support, access to content that inspires and informs, and a gateway to entrepreneurial ecosystems everywhere, we help HBS students and alumni create ventures that revolutionize.

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Director, Meredith McPherron.

Meredith is the Director of the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. The Center serves as a hub for entrepreneurial activities on campus and interfaces with entrepreneurial alumni throughout their careers. Meredith's focus on entrepreneurship has spanned her 20 year career in business. Early in her career, she worked on new ventures within core and emerging franchises of established corporations, such as Goldman Sachs, General Mills, and Guinness Import Company to expand their service and product offerings with new sources of revenue. Later in her career, she also worked within and as a consultant for several start-ups. Meredith served as the VP of Marketing for Direct Hit Technologies, a search engine start-up that employed unique algorithms to find relevant and accurate information based on the activity of users. When Direct Hit was sold to Ask in 2000, Meredith established her own consulting practice and worked closely with several start-ups focused in the internet and mobile space including Trip Advisor, Catalyst Online, Salary.com, Buzzwire, Open Ratings and several others on marketing strategy, product development, and go-to-market planning and execution. Meredith has also worked on her own internet application in the digital identity and edtech space.

Meredith received her A.B. from Harvard College (1989) and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1993). She is an active mentor for several entrepreneurial teams in a variety of industries and serves on the Board of Trustees at The Meadowbrook School and The Governor's Academy. Meredith lives in Weston, MA with her husband and three children.


The Rock Center oversees an Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR) program in which accomplished entrepreneurs spend a semester or two at the Rock Center. During this time, they try to be available to students to offer counsel on their career or business planning issues.

The EiR typically give a number of informal talks that are sponsored by the Rock Center and advertised via our newsletter and through the Entrepreneurship Club.

Meet this year's EiRs.


New Venture Competition Legal Bootcamp: Formation & Choice of Entity

December 9th at 5:00pm
The Rock Center Legal Series begins December 9! Attorneys from Foley Hoag will be at Rock Center for a series of workshops. The first session will cover why and when to incorporate, choice of legal entity, optimizing corporate structure for later investment, allocation of equity among co-founders and other early stage equity holders, and other threshold legal issues confronted when starting a business. Please RSVP Here.

Early-Stage Feedback

December 11
A unique opportunity for current Harvard MBAs working on a new venture to receive thoughtful, early feedback, on a new venture idea. Students will be matched with an accomplished funder, founder, or industry expert with relevant experience, who will provide written feedback on your start-up idea. More details here.

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