Joining a Start-up

A start-up is defined here as an organization that is still private and 10 years of age or younger. HBS adjusted this definition in 2018. Where possible, start-up data has been updated to reflect this change. Data is unavailable for the Classes of 2014 and 2015.

9%
$130,000
Start-ups median base salary
Industries represented
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Entertainment / Media
  • Health Care
  • Nonprofit / Government
  • Retail / Trading
  • Services
Functions Represented
  • Business Development
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Other
Locations Represented
United States 88%  
Mid-Atlantic
6%  
Midwest
2%  
Northeast
36%  
Southwest
4%  
West
40%  
International 12%  
Asia
4%  
Canada
2%  
Europe
2%  
Latin America
4%  
Founding a business
Number of founders
66%
Have a cofounder
42%
Connected with a cofounder at HBS
28
Businesses making social impact
4.33
Average number of employees
When Decided to start business
  • Prior to coming to HBS
  • Summer between 1st Year & 2nd Year
  • 1st Year Term II
  • 2nd Year Term III
  • 1st Year Term I
  • 2nd Year Term IV
Industries Represented
  • Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Services
  • Health Care
  • Consumer Products
  • Entertainment / Media
  • Nonprofit / Government
Locations Represented
United States 84%  
Mid-Atlantic
4%  
Northeast
57%  
South
7%  
Southwest
10%  
West
6%  
International 16%  
Asia
4%  
Europe
3%  
Latin America
9%