Teams of 3-4 first-year HBS MBA candidates will self-assemble during the Fall and apply to the Bootcamp on or before October 18. Before then, we will run a matching process whereby students without a venture concept can connect with those who have one and who wish to recruit more team members. A link to the application will be posted on this site after we conduct an information session on campus on October 2 from 4-5pm in Aldrich 207.
Subject to a capacity constraint of 180, all teams who meet the criteria listed below will be admitted to the Bootcamp. If teams encompassing more than 180 students meet the listed criteria, and if we cannot expand capacity, we will use a lottery to admit teams. Shortly after the Oct. 18 application deadline, we will inform applicants of the total number of applications received, so that if a lottery seems likely, they know the odds and can make an informed decision about whether to proceed.
- November Workshop. Only first-year HBS MBA candidates who have attended a November workshop will be allowed to attend the Bootcamp morning sessions. First-year MBAs who did not attend a workshop are welcome to work with a team during afternoon studio time, as are second-year MBAs and non-MBA teammates.
- Team Size. Teams must have 3-4 members who are first-year HBS MBA candidates. Individuals working alone or in pairs on a venture will not be admitted, nor will teams larger than four.
- Concept Stage. Bootcamp teams will work in a synchronized manner, with everyone learning a specific skill and then applying that skill to their venture concept on the same day. Given this format and the Bootcamp's focus on pre-seed ventures, concepts must be at an early stage of development. Students who have already launched their product would probably lack the patience to retrace the steps required to get to that stage.
- Deliverables. Teams will only be admitted to the Bootcamp if, by Dec. 18, they have: 1) submitted a specified set of deliverables (described immediately below) of acceptable quality; and 2) have met with Prof. Eisenmann to discuss their concept and deliverables. The November workshop will provide training in how to create and leverage the deliverables, which will include:
- Notes from at least nine customer discovery interviews.
- Personas developed from the interviews.
- At least two "paper prototypes" that represent possible solutions to personas' unmet needs.
- Notes from prototype reviews by at least five individuals in your target market.
Links to templates for deliverables will be posted here in late September. Teams will be notified by Dec. 20 as to whether their deliverables met quality standards and whether they have been admitted to the Bootcamp.
Students should only apply to the Bootcamp if they are comfortable with the following additional requirements:
- Participation. Admitted students must commit to attending all Bootcamp sessions and to participating fully. If the Bootcamp is oversubscribed, accepting admission then failing to attend would deny a peer a learning opportunity.
- IP Protection. Since Bootcamp concepts will be at an early stage, we do not expect that many teams will bring proprietary intellectual property to the Bootcamp. Those that do and wish to protect their IP should make suitable arrangements. Students who wish guidance on such issues should consult legal experts at the Harvard i-Lab.
- Disclosure. During the Bootcamp, teams will frequently be asked to present work-in-progress to peers, instructors, and mentors—including Boston-area investors and entrepreneurs. We will ask all Bootcamp attendees to respect confidentiality, but teams who are not comfortable disclosing their venture plans to peers and guest instructors should not seek admission.