Alumni Launch Lab

Hi, Harvard Alumni

If you’re an alumni innovator who wants to be part of something bigger than yourself, you’ve come to the right place. If you believe that entrepreneurship doesn’t have to be a solo sport, you’ve found your team. And if you want to share your advice and experience with others, we can’t wait to connect you with the changemakers of tomorrow.

The Alumni Launch Lab at the Harvard Innovation Labs supports alumni innovators from all 13 Harvard schools, fostering a diverse ecosystem of entrepreneurs who are truly changing the world.

From serving as mentors to participating in our accelerators, Harvard alumni play a critical role in shaping our identity, reputation, and impact. It’s no wonder our graduates earned the #2 spot on Crunchbase’s list of funded alumni founders by school. Our community-based approach to venture building just works.

Whether you’re interested in exploring Launch Lab X GEO, our global alumni accelerator for pre-seed to seed stage ventures; the Pagliuca or Blavatnik Harvard Life Labs, our two biotech launchpads; the Climate Entrepreneurs Circle, our climate-focused accelerator; or our meaningful menu of volunteer opportunities to support the next generation of Harvard founders, we look forward to hearing from you!

Just getting started? We welcome alumni to explore the innovation ecosystem at Harvard by attending events, connecting with fellow alumni in the space, and signing up for updates.

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Our alumni are an essential part of every element of our ecosystem. They participate in our programs, whether they’re first-time founders or serial entrepreneurs. They serve as mentors, judges, and experts, and are deeply committed to supporting our Harvard student and alumni founders and innovators.

—Matt Segneri, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Executive Director

Accelerate Your Alumni Venture

The Harvard Innovation Labs offer a number of launch pads for alumni founders seeking to scale their pre-seed to seed-stage startups. To learn more about our alumni accelerators, please complete the alumni interest form or email us at i-labalumni@harvard.edu.

Launch Lab X GEO

Launch Lab X GEO is a global innovation accelerator specifically for Harvard alumni founders to deepen your relationships and grow your ventures. During this six-month online program, you’ll learn what it takes to create viable, disruptive, adaptable businesses and bring them to scale. 

We’re also serious about helping female and underresourced founders overcome barriers to getting funded and growing their venture. We’re proud of the fact that 47% of our LLX teams from the past two years are women-led, and that we’ve supported teams across the globe, from Chile to Vietnam. Founders in our LLX GEO program collectively have raised more than $365 million in funding. 

Meet the 2022-2023 LLX cohort.

Climate Entrepreneurs Circle

Harvard’s Climate Entrepreneurs Circle is a selective incubation program for high-potential ventures working to address climate change. You’ll get access to world-class coaching, legal counsel, warm connections to industry leaders, and a peer group of ventures that are uncovering new and unexpected climate solutions. With close to 70 ventures incubated to date, the Climate Circle is cultivating the next generation of climate entrepreneurs.

Meet the 2023 Climate Circle cohort.

Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab

The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is a 15,000-square-foot state-of-the-art wet laboratory and co-working space for high-potential biotech and life science ventures at Harvard. Companies in our intimate, highly curated community thrive with the support of the Harvard and LabCentral ecosystems. Ventures founded and led by Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars are invited to apply.

Meet the 2023 Life Lab ventures.

Blavatnik Harvard Life Lab Longwood

The Blavatnik Harvard Life Lab Longwood is Harvard’s newest incubator-laboratory. Opened in fall 2022, the 10,000-square-foot space houses wet and dry labs and includes offices and collaborative workspaces designed to nurture nascent biotechnology and life science enterprises. The Blavatnik Life Lab is a centerpiece of the Harvard Medical School Therapeutics Initiative, which aims to help HMS researchers transform their most promising fundamental biological discoveries into high-impact medicines faster, more efficiently, and more affordably.

Explore Harvard’s Innovation Ecosystem

Whether you are at the idea stage of venture-building or simply are interested in exploring innovation and connecting with like-minded people, we invite you to take advantage of the events, alumni groups, and campus resources that make up Harvard’s vibrant innovation ecosystem.  

Attend Alumni Innovation Events

Connect, learn, share, and be inspired. For all Harvard alumni interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, we invite you to join us in building a global network by attending an upcoming event.

The Future of Speaker Series – Hear from high-profile alumni and industry experts on the future of AI, climate, unicorn ideas, and other timely topics at this semesterly speaker series, open to the public.

President’s Innovation Challenge Awards Ceremony – Witness the future of innovation at this annual spring venture showcase. Alumni and student finalists compete for a share of $515,000 in funding, courtesy of the Bertarelli Foundation, founded by HBS alum Ernesto Bertarelli (MBA 1993).

B-School Disrupt – Join the Harvard Innovation Labs and the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship in San Francisco for this annual entrepreneurial networking event with peer schools.

Upcoming Events Calendar

 

WHOOP founder Will Ahmed speaks at a podium to alumni and friends
WHOOP Founder, and i-lab alum, Will Ahmed ’12, gives the keynote speech at the Alumni and Friends Dinner celebrating 10 years of innovation.

Find Your Community

The Harvard innovation ecosystem provides countless opportunities to connect with fellow alumni entrepreneurs and access startup resources for every age and stage. Meet like-minded graduates by joining an innovation-related alumni club:

Browse all Harvard alumni clubs and shared interest groups.

Access Campus Resources

Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship: The Rock Center helps Harvard Business School students and alumni to transform their ideas into successful startups. Learn more about their alumni new venture competition, advisor program, and more.

Harvard Grid: A partnership between Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Harvard’s Office of Technology Development, the Harvard Grid fosters entrepreneurship and the commercial formation of tough tech solutions.

Meet Our Alumni Founders

Founders who are part of the Harvard Innovation Labs community go on to become industry leaders in their categories.

Unicorn Status

Six ventures that have come through the Harvard Innovation Labs have gone on to a $1 billion+ valuation:

  • CarePort Health makes health care software used by hospitals across the U.S. to place outpatients in care facilities.
  • Mark43 provides public safety software to over 120 agencies and supports the entire public safety ecosystem.
  • SES is developing the world’s first super intelligence systems for EV batteries.
  • Shield AI is a defense technology company developing AI and self-driving technologies for aircraft.
  • Veho is a technology company rethinking last-mile logistics.
  • WHOOP builds the world’s most advanced fitness and health wearables.
  • Lightmatter offers a photonic computing solution to reduce the environmental impact of AI.

Over One Million Users

Companies with one million or more customers or users include consulting marketplace streaming TV company Philo (approximately 1 million subscribers), greeting card company Lovepop (sold 50 million+ cards), real estate company Zumper (7 million average monthly users), emergency response data platform RapidSOS (connects 500 million devices to 15,000+ first responder agencies), and more.

More Than $100 Million Raised

Twenty alumni-led ventures have raised $100 million or more in funding, including real estate tech startup Alfred, household services booking platform Handy, photonics computing company Lightmatter, biotech venture Platelet BioGenesis, real-time weather forecasting company Tomorrow.io, and car-sharing platform Zoomcar.

Recipients of Prestigious Awards

TIME’s Best Inventions winners include jewelry safety company Flare Jewelry and bike helmet company Lumos. Dozens of our Harvard founders have been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30, including:

  • Liz Powers (College ’10) of art nonprofit ArtLifting
  • Michael Schrader (MBA ’12) and Livio Valenti (MPP ’13) of vaccine patch maker Vaxess
  • Jake Sussman (JD ’18) and Jerry Ting (JD ’18) of legal tech platform Evisort
  • Nicole Clay (MBA ’22), Sylvan Guo (MBA ’22), and Janvi Shah (MBA ’22) of beauty e-commerce platform Hue
  • Pelkins Ajanoh (MBA ’22) of biotech crop stabilization company CassVita
  • Joanna Smith (HES ’22) of equitable educational family coaching platform AllHere
  • Jigyasa Labroo (HGSE ’22) of India education nonprofit Slam Out Loud

Innovation Across Industries

Michael Martin and Scott Crouch

Teaming up to improve public safety

Michael Martin (MBA 2015) and Scott Crouch (SB 2010)

Stay in the Know

Subscribe to Press 13, the Harvard Innovation Labs’ monthly newsletter, to stay up to date on innovation news from campus and beyond. And follow @HarvardInnovationLabs on social media for more news and stories.

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Support the Next Generation of Harvard Entrepreneurs

For serial alumni entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors, business leaders, and specialists who are looking to engage with the Harvard community and donate their time, we offer a variety of opportunities to connect and support founders.

Our student and alumni venture teams represent all 13 Harvard schools and an extraordinary range of backgrounds, skills, and interests. The strength of our programming relies on consistent support from a diverse pool of volunteers, and we are always looking to engage volunteers from underrepresented backgrounds to better support our students.

Mentor and Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in learning more about one of the opportunities below, please mail us at and a member of our engagement team will follow up with you.

Judging

Judges support our teams by providing feedback and evaluating early-stage business plans. Judging is a great opportunity to see some of the best and brightest ideas from across the Harvard community. 

Judging for the President’s Innovation Challenge occurs each spring, with a two-week online review period.  

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per judging round

Workshops and Events

Workshops are taught by practitioners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem – including entrepreneurs, investors, and other experts – who would like to share their wisdom and expertise. Teaching a workshop is an opportunity to engage with a large, diverse audience of Harvard students, alumni, and community members.  

Workshops are generally held in the evenings and are up to 90-minutes in length, with a highly interactive structure. Programming occurs in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. 

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per session

Small Group Engagements

Throughout the semester, the Harvard Innovation Labs host small group roundtables, pitch practice sessions, and expert panels for our innovators and entrepreneurs, often bringing in an outside expert on a particular subject. 

These 10-15 person sessions vary in format and are held on weekdays in the late afternoons or evenings. 

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per session

Office Hours

Office hours are one-on-one advising sessions with ventures, students, and select alumni, hosted by entrepreneurs, industry experts, and functional specialists. Topics of these one-to-one conversations include problem definition and idea feedback, customer or market understanding, product development, brand development, career advice, the entrepreneurial journey, and more. 

Individuals hosting office hours typically spend 1-2 days a month (about 3-4 hours at a time) meeting with students, in-person at the i-lab or virtually, during the academic year.  

Time Commitment: 10-12 hours per semester

Mentorship and Coaching

Entrepreneurs or individuals with significant founding experience have the opportunity to engage through mentorship and coaching for student and alumni teams at the Harvard Innovation Labs. Significant founding experience is defined as someone who was part of a founding team and has taken a venture or non-profit from founding through several stages of growth. This is one of the most meaningful and impactful ways to engage with ventures at the Harvard Innovation Labs. It is a deeper-engagement and higher-frequency commitment, yet one of the most rewarding programs offered. 

Our mentor program pairs seasoned entrepreneurs with student founders in the fall and spring semesters. Mentors spend time mentoring ventures, engaging in the community, and attending i-lab events. 

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week

I really enjoy hosting office hours! In my recent session, I spoke with four students and all were very fruitful conversations. We talked about their unique challenges and aspirations, and, together, identified actionable steps to support their growth. It feels good to serve the student community and see first hand the positive impact these students are making in the world.

—JP Liang, Founder at OwlCity.AI
On hosting student office hours

Mentoring students at the Harvard Innovation Labs has been one of the most rewarding, fun, and inspiring investments of my time over the past 10+ years. Whether I'm counseling a first-year undergraduate or a team of masters and doctoral students, I'm always blown away by their creativity, innovativeness and energy.

—John I. Williams, Jr., Expert-in-Residence
On serving as an Expert-in-Residence

I have been very impressed with my mentee. She is very thoughtful and engaging in our discussions and takes my input seriously. I believe our meetings are making a positive impact on her approach to her venture.

—Anand Parikh, Principal at ScaleUp Advisors
On mentoring student founders

The entire process was excellent: the preparation, the quality of the presenting ventures, the impressive judges, and in the end the constructive process by which we arrived at consensus. One of the best experiences of this kind that I’ve had. I’d be very happy to help the i-lab again.

—John Conley, Gilliam Capital
On judging the President's Innovation Challenge
Meet the Alumni Engagement Team
Director, Alumni Programs & Engagement
Manager, Alumni Programs