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.

17%
$137,000
Start-ups median base salary
Industries represented
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Retail / Trading
  • Entertainment / Media
  • Nonprofit / Government
  • Consulting
Functions Represented
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Finance
  • Other
  • Consulting
Locations Represented
United States 88%  
Midwest
4%  
Northeast
37%  
South
2%  
Southwest
4%  
West
41%  
International 12%  
Asia
2%  
Canada
1%  
Europe
6%  
Latin America
1%  
Sub-Saharan Africa
2%  
Founding a business
Number of founders
63%
Have a cofounder
22%
Connected with a cofounder at HBS
28
Businesses making social impact
4.44
Average number of employees
When Decided to start business
  • Prior to coming to HBS
  • 1st Year Term II
  • 2nd Year Term IV
  • Summer between 1st Year & 2nd Year
  • 2nd Year Term III
  • 1st Year Term I
Industries Represented
  • Financial Services
  • Technology
  • Consumer Products
  • Health Care
  • Services
  • Entertainment / Media
  • Manufacturing
Locations Represented
United States 81%  
Mid-Atlantic
2%  
Northeast
62%  
South
5%  
Southwest
3%  
West
9%  
International 19%  
Asia
10%  
Europe
2%  
Latin America
5%  
Sub-Saharan Africa
2%