We need visionaries whose bold thinking shifts the paradigm.
We need radical solutions for our most pressing problems.
We need ideas that are not just new, but revelatory.
The Venture Program is an integral part of the Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem, a space founded on collaborative questioning and learning. We evolve with our student founders, learning from the issues they are tackling. More than anything, this is a community where we help each other go further, faster.
Along every part of our journey, the curriculum and mentorship at the i-lab have been matched to our level and pace of growth. It’s hard to imagine where we would be without it.”
Whether you’re meeting in-person or online, the connections you make, the conversations you have, and the collaborations that arise will take you in unexpected new directions.
Get to know other inspiring leaders in this program in a fun and relaxed setting! Networking is important, and so is friendship.
Gain valuable experience by pitching your venture in front of a group of supportive peers and thoughtful staff. You’ll receive feedback and make helpful connections!
Join the i-lab community as we bring together founders, our experts, and i-lab staff for networking events. These events create space for genuine relationship building through structured networking activities.
Slack is a virtual messaging board where we share program information, resources, and opportunities for collaboration. It’s also a way to meet and stay connected with your fellow founders, staff, and the broader Harvard Innovation Labs community!
We’ll help you navigate the inevitable challenges of bringing an idea to fruition, from messaging and marketing to connecting with your customer to discovering potential funding opportunities.
Students and ventures have access to a wide variety of networking opportunities and one-on-one advising. Our industry experts offer real-world know-how to help you launch your business or enterprise. Their areas of expertise include: strategy, product, legal advice, marketing, funding, and more.
Our comprehensive, interactive programs give you the fundamentals and insights you’ll need to build a strong venture.
Learn directly from experts in the field on a range of topics, such as crafting your value proposition, building your MVP, and understanding your customer. Our series of workshops map out the innovator’s trajectory through entrepreneurship, so it’s a good idea to start from the beginning!
Gain targeted, industry-specific advice from people who have walked in your shoes.
The i-lab facilitates applications for a range of funding opportunities for ventures at different stages.
The Venture Program is open to teams led by at least one matriculated, degree-seeking Harvard student, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical fellows.
*A Harvard student must be a founder and committed leader of the venture. That person must be the one to submit the application.
|1.||You apply! Applications open in August 2021.|
|2.||Our staff evaluates your application.|
|3.||You join the cohort of peers at your stage.|
Venture Program Tracks
Got a great idea that could really make a difference? The Start It Venture Program offers foundational learning and support for ventures with a new idea, helping lay the path for you to continue on your journey.
Achieved material traction via revenue, partnerships, paying customers, users, or investors? In the Build It Venture Program, ventures that have gained traction receive specialized support to catapult their growth to the next level.
The fall semester is an ideal time to explore, learn, and develop your ideas.
In the spring, continue to refine or launch your venture as we prepare for the President’s Innovation Challenge.
During the summer, we lay strong groundwork for the year and further connections as a community.
The power of connection is at the forefront of every decision we make. Whether it’s creating opportunities for students to meet across fields of interest, or reaching out to our expert community to guide teams through their successes and setbacks, we deeply value our relationships and the incredible work that can grow from them."
This is the reason people should come to Harvard… [We] come here to make an impact in the world. And the way to make that impact successfully is through collaboration... It’s necessary to have a space like this in order to meet the goals you wanted to meet, to connect, and to break down the walls of intimidation.”
We all know the statistics. We know that 90 percent of startups fail. And yet, maybe irrationally, it's still something we're trying to do. The camaraderie that we get from all having that shared identity, and the sense of community where people genuinely want to see others succeed, have been so important.”
Get to know the names and faces of the i-lab staff you’ll regularly interact with when you join the Venture Program!
At the i-lab, we care deeply about you. Wherever your journey takes you — whether it’s pursuing your venture through into a viable business or choosing to take a different path — the skills you gain and the community you build can carry you through to the next stage of your career!