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.


Rock Venture Partners Applications Due

February 27 at 5:00pm
Please access the application here.

Rock Summer Fellows: First Round Applications Due

March 3 at 5:00pm
Application requirements are available online here.

#HBSNVC Baker Boot Camp Drop In Session II

March 4 at 3:30pm, Stamps Reading Room Annex
Arm yourself with the right data to impress investors and move your venture to where you need to be! Baker librarians can help you identify compelling data and analysis to help you make your pitch, including potential market size, competitive landscape and industry stats and trends. Bring your questions and research needs.

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