Harvard Business School just announced the opening of the HBS Startup Studio, an off-campus center dedicated to supporting HBS entrepreneurial alumni and serving as a gathering place and workspace for New York-based teams (with at least one HBS alumni founder).
According to the Harvard press release, the mission of the Start-Up Studio will be “to help foster connections and collaborations among alumni, whether they are founders, investors, or among those who have joined one of the many high-growth startups for which New York City has become well known.”
Teams applying for Studio access must have more than $500,000 in seed funding and fewer than seven employees.
The Startup Studio is currently located in midtown Manhattan. There are plans to move to Silicon Alley in the spring.
The initial teams in the Startup Studio include Archway Health, Booya Fitness, BringMeThat, Bundle Organics, Local Hero, Show Score, and others (see the press release for the full list and for company descriptions).
Avani Patel, founder of TrendSeeder, will serve as the center’s director. Patel has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a JD from the Northwestern University School of Law.
“Harvard Business School has proved itself to be the leader in the entrepreneurial space,” Patel says. “I am delighted to be able to share my knowledge and experience with HBS alumni who are eager to make a difference in the world by creating and developing new products and services.”