Venture Capital and Private Equity

Venture Capital and Private Equity (VC/PE) have a long tradition at Harvard Business School. Our alumni have founded and grown some of the most respected VC/PE firms around the world. In the class of 2013, 240 students report having experience in Venture Capital or Private Equity prior to attending HBS, and 500 students are members of the Venture Capital & Private Equity Club. Additionally, over 115 companies hired HBS students in 2012 for summer or career positions in VC/PE.

Resources for Recruiters

Companies' recruiting approaches within the Venture Capital and Private Equity space vary by firm. While some firms like to have a strong presence on campus and recruit broadly through the Career & Professional Development office, others prefer to only work with the VC/PE Club and take a more subtle approach. Whether you are an existing recruiting partner or this is your first time recruiting at HBS, the MBA Career & Professional Development team would welcome the opportunity to learn more about your firm's needs and help determine the best approach for you.

Preparing for Careers in Finance

HBS students interact daily with the school's world class faculty and their research, including close to 40 faculty members involved in VC/PE-related research, teaching, and activities. After completing the rigorous first-year required curriculum which includes two courses in finance and one in financial reporting and control, students have access to many sophisticated technical courses.

We encourage you to:

  • Check out these overall Recruiting Strategies.
  • Develop good relationships with the student clubs that best fit your organization and/or the roles you're recruiting for. For example: the Venture Capital and Private Equity Club and perhaps also a geographic regional club like the West Coast Club.
  • Consider holding targeted events in collaboration with student clubs. It's great when compelling senior leaders talk directly to students.
  • Remember: we are here to help you when the time is right. Whether it's advice on how to time your efforts, craft the right job description, or customize your efforts here, please feel free to contact your sector liaisons Jonathan Shepherd (jshepherd+hbs.edu) and Drew Davis (ddavis+hbs.edu).