Alumni New Venture Competition

The winners of the 2014 alumni New Venture Competition have been selected!

New Venture Competition

The New Venture Competition website is now live! Get information about the business track and the social enterprise track all in one place. You'll find videos on past participants and winners, details on prizes & benefits, an event calendar, and listings of sponsors and many other resources. Alumni can find ways to get involved and any visitor can sign up for email updates.

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Rock Accelerator Winners Announced, 2014 Winter Term

Ten HBS teams were awarded 5k as winners of the second round of the 2013-2014 Rock Accelerator Awards. Read more in the HBS News Release.


BaubleBar raises $5.6 million in venture funding

Co-founders Daniella Yacobovsky (MBA '10) and Amy Jain (MBA '10) move from finance to fashion with BaubleBar, which sources jewelry from high-end designers and sells it on the cheap online.


A Good Mentor Never Tramples On Big Dreams

Tony Tjan, MBA '98, Founder of Cue Ball and Rock Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence, discusses the importance of a good mentor.


Olga Vidisheva, Business Model

Olga Vidisheva (MBA '11), Founder of tells Bloomberg BusinessWeek how she got started.

The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship supports Harvard Business School's mission to "educate leaders who make a difference in the world" by infusing this leadership perspective with an entrepreneurial point of view.

Founded in 2003 from a donation by pioneering venture capitalist Arthur Rock (MBA 51), the Center supports faculty research, fellowships for MBA and doctoral students, the annual business plan contest, and symposia and conferences.

Approximately half of HBS graduates report starting a company at some point during their careers. For a sense of who these alumni are, and how HBS played a role in their entrepreneurial journey, visit our video archive of HBS entrepreneurs.

History of Entrepreneurship at HBS

Since the founding of HBS in 1908, many of its graduates have become entrepreneurs.  Indeed, by 2008, nearly 50% of its MBA graduates were becoming entrepreneurs by their 15th reunion.  The first formal courses in entrepreneurship began in the late 1930s and 1940s, and those course offerings have multiplied rapidly in the last 10 years.  All first-year MBAs take a required course in entrepreneurship, and can choose from nearly 2 dozen second year electives on that topic.  The School has an entrepreneurship department of 35 faculty, the second largest at the School.

Read more about the history of entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School in “Shaping a Legacy: the History of Entrepreneurship at HBS,” and “A Half-Century of Teaching Entrepreneurship.”


2014 Rock Summer Fellows Applications DUE

April 18
Rock Summer Fellow=chance to do something entrepreneurial (and get up to $6k) in the summer of 2014. Yay for ramen noodles and a roof over your head! Apply today

2014 New Venture Competition Finale

April 29 at 4:30PM, Burden Auditorium
Please join us for the culmination of the 2014 New Venture Competition when the 4 finalists for each track will pitch one last time prior to our winners being announced!

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