This year, we will be hosting Harvard Startup Week instead of a career fair. Harvard Startup Week is dedicated to fostering Education, Connections, and Opportunities in entrepreneurship and the startup sector. Employer representatives will be invited to participate in several educational programs and networking events throughout Startup Week.
Student Eligibility: Harvard Startup Week programming is open to all Harvard University students and recent alumni. MIT students should contact their school's career center to register.
Registration Information: Navigate to the Startup Week Registration Page to sign-up for events and access Zoom links. Note Harvard Key is required to access the page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter any issues.
Startup Week Programs:
Startup Week Kick-Off: The Startup Search
Monday, February 22nd, 5:00-6:30pm ET
Interested in exploring the dynamic field of start-ups? Join us as we discuss how to start your startup job/internship search. Hear from alumni who have experience in the startup world either through internships/jobs or through being founders themselves, and learn how to network your way into this high growth, high impact field! Hosted by the FAS Office of Career Services.
The Startup "Interview"
Tuesday, February 23rd, 4:00-4:45pm ET
Interviewing for startups can be different than traditional big company recruiting. Hear from recent HBS alumni and founders on how to prepare for these conversations and communicate your value effectively. Hosted by the Harvard Business School MBA Career & Professional Development.
Getting Involved and Exploring the Entrepreneurship Scene at Harvard
Wednesday, February 24th, 5:30-7:00pm ET
Feeling lost on how to get involved in the startup scene at Harvard? Want to gain experience and work for a startup, venture capital, or even create your own company? Hear from panelists about their experiences and advice on exploring the entrepreneurship scene at Harvard, and join for a networking session with Harvard startup teams looking to hire. Hosted by Harvard Ventures. (This event is not open to MIT students.)
How to Start a Startup: The Pandemic Edition
Thursday, February 25th, 4:00-5:30pm ET
You’ve taken a year off school — or you have a lot more time “at work” than you thought. It’s finally time to start that company you’ve always dreamed of, or to make your weekend project a full-time passion. Should you take the leap? Will you need to raise money? What are you signing up for if you say yes?
Come meet Patrick Chung and Brandon Farwell of Xfund, the Harvard-affiliated early-stage venture fund that identifies and supports founders just like you. Xfund just announced its $120 million third fund. Xfund and its partners were the first investors in companies like 23andMe, Kensho, Plaid, Segment, Guideline, Robinhood, Gusto, Patreon, Andela, and others. Come with all questions you have about starting a company and raising money in a pandemic! Hosted by Xfund.
The Pitch: How to Present Your Ideas to Potential Stakeholders and Investors
Friday, February 26th, 12:00-1:00pm ET
Last semester alone, the Lemann Program on Creativity and Entrepreneurship (LPCE) awarded $42,500 to 50 early-stage startups, and we will continue to fund social impact ventures in the coming years. Our mission is to empower and prepare Harvard students to take the lead in solving global challenges by fostering entrepreneurial thinking within a liberal arts education. Through LPCE100 StudioLab courses, programming, and mentoring, our students develop the entrepreneurial skills and industry connections to move from ideation to solid concept to actionable proposal. As such, the aim of this workshop is to give you inside knowledge about what investors look for in a pitch and a hands-on workshop where you can get our feedback on your 20-second elevator pitch. Hosted by the Lemann Program on Creativity and Entrepreneurship (LPCE).