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Faculty & Inventors Resources Resources for Entrepreneurs

Resources for entrepreneurs

Connect with the organizations, spaces, resources, and mentors you need to get your idea off the ground.

Office of Technology Development (OTD): Our integrated, research-focused approach to technology development comprises corporate partnerships and alliances, management of University-owned intellectual property, and technology commercialization through venture creation and licensing. We also lead and operate the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator and the Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator.

OTD Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs): OTD’s EIRs are experienced entrepreneurs who spend time on campus becoming familiar with the latest research in Harvard labs. They can provide advice on entrepreneurship and innovation and — when the right opportunity presents itself — help catalyze a new startup around Harvard technology.

OTD Experts-in-Residence (XIRs): OTD's XIRs have a wealth of experience in company formation and leadership, intellectual property strategy, legal transactions, product development, regulatory affairs, marketing, corporate partnerships, and much more.

OTD Business Development Fellowship: This OTD fellowship provides Harvard graduate students and postdoctoral researchers an opportunity to participate in the crucial early stages of technology assessment and development, gaining experience in translating research discoveries into products that reach the public.

Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship: Open to recent MBA graduates of Harvard Business School, the Blavatnik Fellowship at HBS offers the opportunity to work with Harvard inventors to promote the commercialization of life science technologies with significant market potential.

Harvard Innovation Labs: Launched in 2011, the i-lab is a significant resource for student entrepreneurs. Programming is designed to help students grow their ventures at any stage of development. The Innovation Labs also comprise the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, a co-working wet lab facility, and the Harvard Launch Lab, an alumni venture incubator space. The i-lab hosts the President’s Challenge, an annual venture competition.

TECH: The Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, based at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, supports entrepreneurial students, encourages their innovation education, and runs the annual Harvard College Innovation Challenge (i3).

Courses: The University offers dozens of courses for aspiring entrepreneurs, across the Schools, in topics covering startup R&D, health care innovation, commercializing science, educational technologies, social entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, and more.

MassCONNECT: An entrepreneur mentorship program for founders in the life sciences. Run by MassBio, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.

CIC: Formerly Cambridge Innovation Center. One of several places that provide shared office space for early-stage companies.

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (BBIC): Life-sciences accelerator supported by the NIH. Harvard affiliates can take courses in skills development, apply for grant funding, and receive coaching on technology commercialization.

Greentown Labs: Prototyping and office space in Somerville for energy and clean-technology startups, with a shared machine shop and electronics shop.

LabCentral: Shared lab facilities and administrative support for life-science and biotech startups, in Kendall Square.

MassRobotics: Shared workshop, prototyping, and lab space in Boston for robotics startups.

LearnLaunch: An educational technology accelerator and coworking spaces for edtech startups.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center: A quasi-public agency, MassCEC offers a number of grant programs, including the Catalyst Program, to help prototype or deploy clean-energy and water technologies.

MIT Enterprise Forum: Organization in Cambridge that offers events and coaching programs for entrepreneurs around New England. An affiliation with MIT is not required.

The Engine: Funding, advising, and facilities for “tough tech” founders. Harvard affiliates are eligible to apply.

MassChallenge: An accelerator program with a competition for high-impact startups.

TechStars: A mentorship-driven seed-stage investment program that runs in Boston and other cities.

Alexandria LaunchLabs - Cambridge: Shared space for life-science startups in Kendall Square. Offers Innovation Prizes and access to seed funding.

Tufts Launchpad: Coworking space for life-science startups in Downtown Boston.

NSF I-Corps: This 7-week program run by the National Science Foundation (NSF) provides academic scientists with grants and rigorous training in entrepreneurship and customer discovery through a defined curriculum.

SBIR grants: The federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program offers competitive awards to support small businesses’ early R&D efforts. The proposals are solicited and funded by many of the same federal agencies that fund academic research. Successful SBIR projects sometimes obtain follow-on federal R&D funding or government production contracts.

Inclusion of suggested resources on this page does not constitute an endorsement of independent organizations or their activities.