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For Current Students


While Harvard students may access many i-lab resources without becoming a member, there are resources that are exclusively available to Student i-lab members.

Dedicated Advisor + Cohort

Based on the focus of your idea or venture, you'll be matched with an in-house staff advisor who will support you at any stage. You'll also land in one of four cohorts: Business to Business, Business to Consumer, Health and Life Sciences, and Social Impact. Filter upcoming events by cohort to see tailored workshops and networking events for you.

My i-lab Portal + Online Directory

All members are granted login access to our password-protected My i-lab portal where we house event recordings and additional members-only resources, like our searchable member directory. In addition to general networking with other innovators at Harvard, Explorers may use the directory to find ventures looking for someone with their skills, while founders may use it to meet cofounders to round out their team.


We encourage members to join subcommunities to connect with like-minded student innovators who share a common industry, identity, or affinity. Subcommunities host meetups, roundtables, and tailored workshops on relevant topics. Current subcommunities include:

  • Founders of Color
  • International Founders
  • LGBTQ+ Founders
  • Womxn Founders
Students at a networking event

Other Member Benefits

  • 01

    Spark Grants

    While other funding opportunities are available to any Harvard student, only Test and Propel members are eligible for Spark Grants. Awards of up to $2,000 help members complete demand-validation experiments for their product or service.

  • 02

    Mentor-Match Program

    Select ventures in our student membership have access to our popular mentor program. Founders are matched with a mentor who will meet regularly to support your venture and help make progress on your unique goals and needs.

  • 03

    Perks + Discounts

    Members receive discounts on venture-building resources, like Wix and AWS. Log in to the My i-lab portal to access your discount codes.

  • 04

    Venture Publicity

    Ventures in the Test and Propel stages are considered for promotional opportunities, including venture profiles, feature stories, social media posts, and more. Participants in our President's Innovation Challenge enjoy additional promotion.

  • 05

    Members-Only Events

    While many of our events and workshops are open to all Harvard students, members enjoy exclusive access events such as our orientation, cohort meetups, member socials, and the Gong-a-thon

  • 06

    Newsletter + Slack Channel

    Our weekly member newsletter and members-only Slack channel are where we share weekly events, upcoming expert office hours, funding opportunities, and more, all tailored to your stage. Plus, use Slack to connect with fellow members.

The i-lab resources – including advisors, workshops, and the mentor-match program – were instrumental in securing this support that catapulted our venture on a significant and sustainable trajectory.

Anthony Keslinke Founder/CEO, Veritel Energy

Be In The Know

The Student i-lab application opens in August for fall membership. Keep up the momentum in the meantime.

Student pitching at the 2024 PIC