Startup Partners aims to foster connections between HBS-affiliated startups and alumni. The benefits are enjoyed by both entrepreneurs and alumni advisors.

Entrepreneurs receive valuable consulting advice at no monetary cost, and alumni have the opportunity to share their knowledge and gain exposure to new trends and technologies.

The sessions are structured as small group discussions with 3 to 5 alumni assigned to each company. Although the sessions have been designed as a one-time commitment, we’ve found that many advisors and entrepreneurs continue to stay in touch.

We had an amazing team of advisors from a variety of backgrounds. They offered incredible new perspectives and were eager to help in many ways. I feel very lucky! Evan Horowitz

Co-Founder & CEO, Movers + Shakers, HBS '??

As a participant, I learn as much from the startups and other advisors as I can possibly contribute. It is similar to doing an HBS business case study in 120 minutes.  Kathy Murray

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HBS Related Startups

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HBS Alumni

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We know that startups work 24/7/365, so Startup Partners runs convenient bi-weekly sessions all year round from 12 to 2pm at the HBS WeWork location in NYC.

For Alumni Volunteers

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For Companies

Could your company could benefit from a brainstorming session with a carefully chosen team of HBS grads?
The Startup Partners session was our ‘first board meeting,’ and through it we gathered invaluable feedback from HBSers who have been there both as entrepreneurs and investors. In two hours we covered a wide range of topics, from fundraising strategy to team-building and go-to-market planning. Having a group of brilliant people listening, then suggesting solutions to our challenges and changes to our plans was priceless. Charlie Anderson

Founder, AGR, HBS ’14

It was great to have a two hour session with a group of smart and experienced individuals in an open and supporting setting. I was asked important questions and received very valuable feedback. Yaffit Salmanson (Founder, Nooar, HBS’15)

Founder, Nooar, HBS ’15

Startup Partners has been serving startups since 2016 and continues to evolve based on participant feedback. To turbo charge the impact of the in-person session, the program was relaunched in January 2018 with the addition of a short pre-work assignment plus a call between the Founder and a member of the Startup Partners leadership team.

Now entrepreneurs identify their key challenges and discussion topics for the group ahead of time. In turn, the advisors review the pre-read on their own time. As a result, everyone comes to the table prepared for a more active and productive discussion.

Please note that all company information shared is held in strict confidence.