Joining a Start-up

A start-up is defined here as an organization 3 years of age or younger.

9%
$120,000
Start-ups median base salary
Industries represented
  • Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit / Government
  • Retail / Trading
  • Services
Functions Represented
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Other
  • Strategic Planning
Locations Represented
United States 90%  
Mid-Atlantic
2%  
Midwest
2%  
Northeast
50%  
South
2%  
Southwest
2%  
West
33%  
International 10%  
Canada
2%  
Europe
2%  
Latin America
2%  
Sub Saharan Africa
4%  
Founding a business
Number of founders
68%
Have a cofounder
55%
Connected with a cofounder at HBS
27
Businesses making social impact
3.57
Average number of employees
When Decided to start business
  • 2nd Year Term III
  • Prior to coming to HBS
  • 2nd Year Term IV
  • 1st Year Term II
  • 1st Year Term I
  • Summer between 1st Year & 2nd Year
  • 1st Year FIELD 2 Global Immersion
Industries Represented
  • Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Services
  • Health Care
  • Consulting
  • Entertainment / Media
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail / Trading
Locations Represented
United States 85%  
Mid-Atlantic
1%  
Midwest
2%  
Northeast
59%  
South
5%  
Southwest
2%  
West
16%  
International 15%  
Asia
6%  
Canada
2%  
Europe
1%  
Latin America
4%  
Sub Saharan Africa
1%