Entrepreneurship

HBS Alumni Startup Corner: Summer Funding Update
Entrepreneurship, Start Ups

HBS Alumni Startup Corner: Summer Funding Update

Alumni founders raised $3.3B in venture capital this summer; startups founded since 2010 topped $350B in market cap. Keith Bender (MBA ’20) reports.   Startups led by HBS alumni received more than $3.2B in venture capital funding from the beginning of June through press time for this issue (August 21, 2021). Here, I review the fifty…

Learning By Doing With Augmented Reality
Entrepreneurship

Learning By Doing With Augmented Reality

Brandon Angelini (MBA ’22) shares about his startup, Ariya Labs which is working to place instructional content in the physical world and remove the tether we all have to our screens.  Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  Growing up, I watched my parents run their own architecture…

Too Good To Go
Entrepreneurship, Featured

Too Good To Go

Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) shares the story of a Food Waste warrior Too Good To Go is a start-up fighting food waste by connecting customers looking to buy discounted food to restaurants and grocery stores discarding food. Businesses discarding excess food (usually in a “surprise” bag) provide up to 70% discount on the usual retail…

Measuring What Matters—ESG Transparency for Private Markets
Entrepreneurship

Measuring What Matters—ESG Transparency for Private Markets

Megan Murday (MBA ’21) shares how her startup, Metric, improves ESG measurement and management for private market investors Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  As my sectionmates have heard over and over again, I am from the Midwest and passionate about economic revitalization between the coasts. My…

HBS Black New Venture Competition
Entrepreneurship

HBS Black New Venture Competition

Ibe Imo shares the stories of Khalid David and Kobina Ansah at the HBS Black New Venture Competition For Khalid David, Venture Creation and Funding is Activism and Black Empowerment.  “At Harvard Business School’s Black New Venture Competition, I felt welcomed into a larger family of Black business leaders,” David said. NEW YORK CITY, N.Y….

HBS Pilots First Impact Investing Fund
Entrepreneurship

HBS Pilots First Impact Investing Fund

A team of EC students and faculty are executing the first investment from a new fund focused on BIPOC-owned and led small businesses in Massachusetts This year, HBS piloted its first student-run Impact Investing Fund, focused on investing in BIPOC-led and owned small businesses in the Massachusetts area. Since launching, the fund has raised $200k,…

Pear VC Launching Community for Alumni Startup Founders
Entrepreneurship

Pear VC Launching Community for Alumni Startup Founders

Keith Bender (MBA ’20) and Raunak Kasera (MBA ’23) report on HBStartups, the community for early-stage startup founders among the ranks of HBS alumni which goes live this month. At Pear VC, we recognize that entrepreneurship is perhaps the most popular way that HBS graduates meet their alma mater’s calling to be “leaders who make…

HBS Black New Venture Competition
Entrepreneurship

HBS Black New Venture Competition

Ibe Imo shares the stories of Crystal Evuleocha and Pierre Laguerre at the HBS Black New Venture Competition.  Through the Black New Venture Competition, A Black Woman Founder Gained National Exposure LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Crystal Evuleocha is the CEO and co-founder of Kiira Health. Kiira Health is a virtual clinic connecting women to health experts. Candice…

Halo: AngelList for the HBS Community
Entrepreneurship

Halo: AngelList for the HBS Community

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with Jamal Cherry (MBA ’21) and Mikal Lewis (MBA ’20), co-founders of Halo, about democratizing investing and entrepreneurship. Learn more about Halo at investwithhalo.com. Jamal Cherry and Mikal Lewis had never met before arriving at HBS, but they had followed a strikingly similar path. Both grew up in the South, both…

HBS Startup Bootcamp
Entrepreneurship, Featured, Features

HBS Startup Bootcamp

Each year, over a hundred HBS MBA students participate in an immersion program to build on their skills to become an early-stage entrepreneur by starting a venture. Yvonne Ferrier (MBA ’22) talked with five founders-to-be about their venture ideas and aspirations.   2020 was a year described as a pause, standstill or hibernation time, but, in…

Reimagining India’s Food Supply Chain
Entrepreneurship

Reimagining India’s Food Supply Chain

Sanjay Dasari (MBA ’22) shares his experience starting WayCool Foods, one of India’s largest and fastest-growing agri-tech social enterprises, reducing food wastage and supporting Indian farmers. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  I was born in Ohio, USA, but I grew up primarily in India, traveling back…

Goldcast: Bringing Events to the Virtual World
Entrepreneurship

Goldcast: Bringing Events to the Virtual World

Three ECs share the story of the virtual events platform born at HBS. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  All three of us came to HBS to start a company—to build something from scratch. We had worked in early-stage companies before, where we experienced the joy of…

Empowering Black Students to Launch Their Careers
Entrepreneurship

Empowering Black Students to Launch Their Careers

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with Brian Hollins, founder of The Takeoff Institute, about his efforts to equip Black undergraduate students with the mentorship, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in the professional world. Racial disparities in education and employment have always existed in the United States. In the mid-late 1960s–the height of the civil…

Start-Up Corner: Reimagining Wine with Night Inn
Entrepreneurship

Start-Up Corner: Reimagining Wine with Night Inn

Rena Ogura (MBA ’22) shares her experience co-founding a company at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and her commitment to driving diversity and inclusion in the wine industry. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur. When I left my family and friends in Japan to pursue an…

Start-up Corner: Solving the Challenge of Funding Growth of the SaaS Economy
Entrepreneurship, Start Ups

Start-up Corner: Solving the Challenge of Funding Growth of the SaaS Economy

Miguel Fernandez and Przemek Gotfryd (MBAs ’21) share how their startup, Capchase, helps SaaS companies avoid painful dilution and extend their runway. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  Miguel Fernandez (MBA ’21): I am originally from Madrid, Spain. Even though I have an engineering background (industrial and…

Start-up Corner: Bringing Home the Game
Entrepreneurship, Start Ups

Start-up Corner: Bringing Home the Game

Saswat Panda (MBA ’22) shares the story of LiveLike, a company creating technology to make live sports streaming more social and immersive. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  I have always loved building things. I attended Cornell to be an aerospace engineer, but quickly fell in love…

Thriving in a Covid-19 World
Entrepreneurship

Thriving in a Covid-19 World

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with Dan Katz (MBA ’22), a member of Thrive Global’s founding team, about mental resilience, why New Year’s resolutions fail, and the art of prioritization. When the 2016 Chicago Cubs won the World Series after a 107-year drought, millions of long-suffering fans flocked to the streets to join the victory…

Startup Corner: Lending a Virtual Hand to Homeowners Who Need a Fix
Entrepreneurship

Startup Corner: Lending a Virtual Hand to Homeowners Who Need a Fix

A technology-enabled service platform, Dwelling, is delivering free remote maintenance guidance for homeowners stuck at home during the current crisis. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  Nick Ornitz (MBA ’21): For me, my first stint of “entrepreneurship” involved selling homemade bracelets in elementary school and later selling…

Naya Studio: Stop Consuming, Start Creating
Entrepreneurship

Naya Studio: Stop Consuming, Start Creating

A digital platform enables anyone, anywhere to turn their idea into a unique and meaningful furniture through connection, collaboration, and creativity. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  We have always had ideas for products (such as clothing, furniture, houses and lighting) that we wanted to make but…

All about Taking It in Your Stride
Entrepreneurship

All about Taking It in Your Stride

Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) talks to Tess Michaels (MBA ’20) about her start-up journey. In today’s volatile markets, many businesses and individuals are experiencing a cash flow problem. For a business owner, it can be difficult to accurately forecast demand and revenue and hence whether or not the business would be able to meet its…

Legacy That Is Truly Yours
Entrepreneurship

Legacy That Is Truly Yours

Umang Sota (MBA ’21) talks with Khaled Kteily (HKS MPP ’16) about his male fertility start-up Legacy. There are few things in life that are more precious than having a family and having children. Of course, having children is important for the continuation of the human race. But on a personal level, for people who…

Startup Corner: Creating A Better Alternative to Student Loans
Entrepreneurship

Startup Corner: Creating A Better Alternative to Student Loans

This month, Tess Michaels (MBA ’20) introduces us to Stride Funding, a mission-oriented business that offers income-share agreement as a more flexible, affordable option to private student loans. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  I’ve always thrived at learning by doing. I pursued my first venture during…

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