Harvard Business School has announced the thirteen individuals who will participate as this year’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence. Sponsored by the school’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, now in its sixth year, invites accomplished entrepreneurs to advise MBA students interested in starting companies and work with faculty on research and course development.
The thirteen entrepreneurs, ten of whom are Harvard Business School alumni, come from a variety of backgrounds, including venture capital, private equity, telecommunications and start-ups across several industries. (See the complete list with bios here).
“Entrepreneurship is one of the hottest topics on the HBS campus,” says Michael Roberts, Senior Lecturer and Executive Director of the Arthur Rock Center. “With their years of experience and extraordinary achievements, these entrepreneurs bring invaluable knowledge and insights to students who are eager to develop innovative products and services and create value for both the economy and society.”
All 13 entrepreneurs will serve for the entire academic year in a part-time capacity, meeting with students in group and one-on-one sessions and collaborating with various faculty members on cases, courses, and other activities.
Besides interacting with the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Harvard MBA students interested in entrepreneurship have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members through field studies, independent research projects, a Silicon Valley Immersion Experience Program, and participation in the HBS Business Plan Contest. In addition, students have access to the new Harvard University Innovation Lab.
All first-year MBA students also take the required course The Entrepreneurial Manager, as well as a new course called FIELD, whose third module will launch them to launch a new business. Second-year students can choose from more than two dozen entrepreneurship-related elective courses.
Today, entrepreneurship is one of the largest faculty units at Harvard Business School, with over 30 faculty members conducting entrepreneurship research and teaching. An estimated 50 percent of HBS alumni describe themselves as entrepreneurs 10 to 15 years after they graduate.