We are Harvard College Ventures.
We foster entrepreneurship at Harvard by providing resources and the community for individuals to launch and grow their startups.

What we do

We're making Harvard an even better place for entrepreneurs.

Harvard College Ventures is the undergraduate entrepreneurship club at Harvard University. We lead cross-campus efforts to connect passionate individuals with each other and provide them with the resources to launch and improve their startups.

Founded in 2011, we facilitate a wide array of activities on campus, including founder and VC partner coffee chats, skill workshops, panel discussions with experts, pitch competitions, and social events to bring together like-minded individuals.


We're just students with big ideas and the passion to make them happen.

Executive Board

Andy Tran

Carlo Bocconcelli


Lisa Wang

Nicki Liang


Andy Tran

Brian Wei

Director of Partnerships

Andy Tran

Joy Jin

Director of Operations

Alexandra Sukin

Director of VentureWorks

Alec Jones

Co-Director of Startup Fellowship

Mikhail Grushko

Co-Director of Startup Fellowship

Payton Coutlis

Director of Event Programming

Lisa Wang

Aashay Sanghvi

Co-Director of Community

Lisa Wang

Matthew Deshaw

Co-Director of Community

Lisa Wang

Ritayan Chakraborty

Director of Development

Lisa Wang

Christopher Chen

Director of Technology


Introducing Harvard's first pre-venture accelerator. Learn more.


Get access to exclusive Harvard Ventures events, including intimate coffee chats and workshops, specifically designed to help you launch and grow your startup.


Access a community of like-minded students and dedicated mentors. We're connected with a ton of seasoned founders, investors, and industry veterans from top startups and VCs in Boston and NYC.


Make your idea a reality. VentureWorks is designed to help keep you on track and launch your startup. Our program concludes with a Demo Day where we invite top members of the startup ecosystem.


We run some of the most exciting events around.

Illuminate Conference

A two-day conference to learn about entrepreneurship, business, and venture capital through a series of speaker events, workshops, and mixers.

Winter Xcelerate

A week-long incubator we host at the i-Lab to develop and grow Harvard startups. In addition to providing space and food, we set up workshops, office hours, as well as public Demo Day to take these startups to the next level.

Workshops & Coffee Chats

Throughout the year, we bring in a variety of industry leaders and a small room of students to teach skills or chat informally about startups and venture capital.

Pitch Competitions

In collaboration with companies, we host competitions to identify and support startups on campus which are on the cutting edge of innovation.

Speaker Series

We bring in industry leaders to talk in depth about a wide variety of industries and issues. In the past, we've done panels on ecommerce, ed-tech, bio-tech, political innovation, and women in entrepreneurship.

Cross-Campus Mixers

We host informal meetups between student groups across Harvard's campus to faciliate connections between like-minded and passionate individuals from all different backgrounds.


Our unique program brings together students and Boston-area growth startups to provide hands-on experience.

Hands-on Experience

We believe that the best way to develop startup skills is by getting your hands dirty and working side-by-side with founders.


Nothing beats getting to know people in person. That's why each company we work with is from the Boston-area so that students can work intimately with startups.

Real Impact

We work hard with startups to define meaningful project scopes that add value to their companies, enabling students to see the challenges real startups face each day.


HackHarvard is a hackathon for undergrads and our effort to bring together the Harvard tech community. Learn more »


This November, HackHarvard is hosting the first ever undergraduate hackathon at Harvard.

Tech Talks

We bring in leading developers to talk about cutting-edge technology, best coding practices, and building amazing software.

Mailing Lists

Stay plugged into the Harvard tech scene through our main mailing list and discussion thread, HackTalk.


We're supported by an all-star team of advisors.

Peter Boyce

Rough Draft Ventures, General Catalyst

David Chang

PayPal Media Network

Jodi Goldstein

Harvard Innovation Lab

Sean Dalton

Highland Capital

Tom Eisenmann

Harvard Business School

Geoff Ralston

Imagine K-12, Y-Combinator

Kegan Schouwenburg


Brian Truong


Hugo Van Vuuren

Experiment Fund

Brayton Williams

Boost VC

Matthew Bellows

Yesware, Inc.

Freddie Martignetti

Highland Capital

Ash Egan

Converge Venture Partners


Our work is made possible by the support of others.

Mailing Lists

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Let's get in touch.

Got a question? Drop us a note at hello [at] harvardventures.org!