The Rock Center offers a Student Resource Center to support students who are working on starting their own business. We maintain a collection of business plans and books relevant to the start-up process, as well as a collection focusing on search funds. See Alice Moses in Rock Center 107 to access these resources.
Students can also take advantage of the vast resources of the new Harvard innovation lab. The i-lab is a new and innovative University-wide initiative that will foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepen interactions among students and faculty throughout Harvard, entrepreneurs and members of the Allston and Greater Boston community.
The MVP Award is designed to help students who are using the lean startup methodology and developing a minimum viable product. To learn more about this set of ideas, visit Eric Ries' blog, Lessons Learned, Eric Ries' response to an Inc Magazine article on Minimum Viable Product and the article, The Minimum Viable Product Dissected. In addition, you may be interested in The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development by Cooper & Vlaskovits. Available for the Kindle for $24. Or as a PDF download for $25.
Visit the MVP Award page for complete details and information on how to apply.
HBS will offer one-time need-based awards of $10,000 each to this year's graduating MBA students who are committed to pursuing their own for-profit entrepreneurial ventures. Recipients will be selected by the Rock Center in consultation with MBA Financial Aid.
The program is competitive, and if we have more applicants than available awards, awards will be made on the basis of the viability of the venture, as determined by a review of your business plan and a progress report detailing progress towards funding and any other key milestones and your financial need.
When considering application for loan reduction, please keep in mind it is not intended for individuals who are still seeking employment; in volunteer positions or receiving only a nominal salary; or engaged in post-MBA studies of any kind. Ultimate discretion for eligibility lies entirely with HBS. Funds are distributed on an as-available basis. All determinations made by the School are final. HBS reserves the right to restructure or discontinue loan reductions at any time.
Applications are due - in hardcopy form - to Alice Moses in Rock 107 by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 29, 2013. Late applications will not be accepted. Visit myHBS for complete eligibility information and a list of application materials (login required).
Back by popular demand for round 2! The Rock Center organizes an Early-Stage Idea Feedback program for current students on an idea you are seriously considering developing, either in conjunction with the HBS Business Plan Contest or as a new venture to be launched in the near-term. This program allows potential participants in the Business Plan Contest to get feedback on their ideas in the fall, prior to undertaking a spring field study and developing a full-fledged business plan. This is a great opportunity to receive feedback on your startup idea from VCs/entrepreneurs in your space.
Applicants should send a pdf file consisting of a cover sheet and a 3-5 page executive summary (in memo form, not powerpoint) to Alice Moses (Alice Moses) no later than Monday, December 17, 2012.
You should expect to receive feedback from a VC or entrepreneur in the space in January via email (feedback providers reserve the right to remain anonymous). If you have any questions, feel free to contact Alice Moses.
The Rock Center oversees an Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR) program in which accomplished entrepreneurs spend a semester or year 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 Events email newsletter for current students (login required) and through the Entrepreneurship Club. Contact Alice Moses (amoses+hbs.edu) for information on how to contact an EiR, providing as much information as you can about what you are trying to do and the kind of counsel you seek.
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The Rock Center organizes a Silicon Valley Immersion Program in January, part of HBS's overall menu of Immersion Programs. The program offers tracks for students interested in working at a start-up, working in venture capital, or starting their own business. HBS also offers an entrepreneurial Immersion Program to Israel as well as several others in locations ranging from New Orleans to India.
Legal advice for students who are involved in starting a new venture is available through Business Plan Contest or by contacting Alice Moses (amoses+hbs.edu). Through the generosity of several local law firms, including Foley Hoag and Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, the Rock Center is able to offer HBS students who are working on a business plan some legal advice. This counsel is available to help students who are developing business plans for ventures they are seriously considering starting. These half-hour sessions – while no substitute for engaging counsel – can help identify legal issues and hurdles that may arise and point you to specific issues you need to worry about (or not). Interested students should email Alice Moses (amoses+hbs.edu) for more information on scheduling an appointment.
Additional legal resources can be found through the Harvard Innovation Lab. Contact the i-lab for details.
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