Joining a Start-up

A start-up is defined here as an organization that is still private and 10 years of age or younger.

10%
$140,000
Start-ups median base salary
Industries represented
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Consulting
  • Entertainment / Media
  • Nonprofit / Government
Functions Represented
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Development
  • Other
  • Finance
  • Consulting
Locations Represented
United States 96%  
Other United States
2%  
Mid-Atlantic
2%  
Midwest
2%  
Northeast
40%  
South
4%  
Southwest
6%  
West
40%  
International 4%  
Europe
4%  
Founding a business
Number of founders
56%
Have a cofounder
47%
Connected with a cofounder at HBS
30
Businesses making social impact
2.14
Average number of employees
When Decided to start business
  • Prior to coming to HBS
  • 2nd Year Term III
  • Summer between 1st Year & 2nd Year
  • 2nd Year Term IV
  • 1st Year Term II
  • 1st Year Term I
Industries Represented
  • Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Consumer Products
  • Services
  • Entertainment / Media
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit / Government
  • Retail / Trading
Locations Represented
United States 86%  
Mid-Atlantic
1%  
Midwest
4%  
Northeast
51%  
South
6%  
Southwest
4%  
West
20%  
International 14%  
Asia
2%  
Canada
1%  
Europe
5%  
Latin America
4%  
Middle East & North Africa
2%