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Harvard University

Be a part of the innovation revolution: become a VC startup scout at Harvard University! Spot the next great idea and help grow the startup ecosystem. Connect with other entrepreneurs and make a difference in the world.


Harvard University is one of the leading research universities in the world and is home to an innovative and thriving startup ecosystem. The Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) was established in 2011 to help launch new businesses and increase entrepreneurial activity among students, alumni, and faculty. The i-lab offers resources such as mentoring, workshops, and networking events, as well as a physical space for startups to collaborate and build their companies. Harvard also has a number of venture capital organizations, such as the Harvard Business School Venture Capital Fund, Harvard Innovation Fund, and Harvard Angels, which provide mentorship and capital to early-stage startups.

The Harvard ecosystem has produced some notable success stories. Dropbox, the online file storage service, was founded by Harvard alum Drew Houston and has since become a billion-dollar company. The social media platform Hubspot, launched in 2006 by Harvard graduates Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah, now has more than 30,000 customers and a total valuation of $1.2 billion.

Harvard's startup ecosystem has also seen success in healthcare. A startup founded by Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School alums, called Veritas Genetics, has developed a DNA sequencing platform for consumers. Another startup, Genome Compiler, is a cloud-based software platform for designing and synthesizing DNA sequences. Both companies are making strides in personalized medicine and have raised millions of dollars in venture capital.

Harvard's commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation is evident in the success of its startups and venture capital organizations. The university's resources and network have enabled entrepreneurs to launch successful companies and make an impact in the startup world.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

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Connect with the latest innovations coming out of Harvard University! Get access to exclusive dealflow opportunities from individuals and startups as soon as they become available.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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