Entrepreneurship

With more than 600 members in the Entrepreneurship Club, it is clear that the entrepreneurial spirit continues to be alive and well at Harvard Business School. From the Rock Center and the Harvard Innovation Lab to the over 30 entrepreneurship courses, entrepreneurial thought remains a cornerstone of the HBS MBA program. We invite you to learn more about our students devoted to understanding the unique needs of startups, to conceptualizing the challenges of founding a new business, and to bringing innovation to any organization.

Facts & Figures:

  • Approximately 50% of HBS graduates become entrepreneurs by the time they are 15 years out of school. Half of this number has started two or more businesses.
  • Over 100 potential new ventures are being explored in any given year on campus.
  • 18% of current students report prior experience in entrepreneurship.
  • 10% of the Class of 2013 joined a start-up for the summer.
  • 117 students participated in WesTrek 2013.

Preparing for an entrepreneurial career:

All first-year MBAs take a required course in entrepreneurship, and can choose from over 20 second year electives on that topic. In fact, the Entrepreneurship department of 35 faculty is the second largest at HBS. There are over 45 affiliated faculty from other units whose work extends into the entrepreneurial domain. Our students leave HBS' campus with a strong understanding of entrepreneurship.

Students have many resources at their fingertips to help foster an entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, including:

  • The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship: The Rock Center supports faculty research, fellowships for MBA and doctoral students, the annual business plan contest, and symposia and conferences.
  • Harvard innovation lab: A new and innovative initiative fostering team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepening interactions among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston community.
  • California Research Center: Opened in 1997, the charter of the center is to facilitate faculty research and case writing in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • FIELD: Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD) is a curriculum innovation that evolved from an effort to pursue innovative approaches to management education giving students meaningful and numerous opportunities to act like leaders, translating their ideas into practice.
  • Student Clubs: In addition to the Entrepreneurship Club, the TechMedia Club, the Entertainment & Media Club and many others also focus on entrepreneurial careers.

Questions about connecting with students interested in entrepreneurship? Please contact your sector liaisons Cathy Hutchinson (chutchinson+hbs.edu) and Becca Carnahan (rcarnahan+hbs.edu).