HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship announces 2022-23 fellows, appointments, advisers

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The Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship has announced the Rock Executive FellowsEntrepreneurs-in-ResidenceVenture Capital Advisors, and Lawyers-in-Residence for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Rock Executive Fellows (REF) are comprised of four non-faculty affiliates/practitioners who support and contribute to the extensive Rock Center programming through a rich set of co-curricular and curricular activities. REF is a yearlong program appointment by the HBS dean.

The 15 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR), 12 of whom are HBS graduates, have founded, sold, or IPO’d successful ventures in the tech, consumer products, health care, biotech, media and entertainment industries, among others. These EiRs are available several times per year to meet with M.B.A. students one-on-one, help facilitate Rock Center programs, and work with faculty on research and course development.

This year’s Venture Capital Advisors (VCA) are managing and general partners from some of the most successful VC firms. They provide students with fundraising information, and feedback on their idea, business models, and other core aspects of their new ventures. A few times each year, they meet with students one-on-one, help judge the New Venture Competition Finale, and provide pitch feedback to students.

The Lawyers-in-Residence (LiR) program brings lawyers to campus to meet with students to answer questions around incorporation, founder’s agreements, intellectual property, starting a U.S. company as a non-U.S. citizen and more.

M.B.A. students at HBS who are interested in entrepreneurship and starting new ventures are able to seek guidance and access these experts from resources on the HBS campus. Through this community that provides support, access to content, and a gateway to entrepreneurial ecosystems at HBS and beyond, the Rock Center helps HBS students and alumni create revolutionary and disruptive ventures in both the for-profit and social enterprise sectors.

Since 1947, the study of entrepreneurship has been a vital part of the HBS M.B.A. Program, which includes a semester-long course in the first-year Required Curriculum and numerous offerings in the second-year Elective Curriculum.