The Startup Bootcamp is an immersion program for first-year HBS MBA candidates that uses a learning-by-doing approach to build skills required to succeed as an early stage entrepreneur.
The Bootcamp is designed for both aspiring founders with a new venture concept — referred to here as concept owners — and students who lack a concept but wish to gain experience with early-stage startups — referred to as independent applicants.
During the Bootcamp, students will work on a new venture concept in teams of three. If you have a concept that you'd like to work on during the Bootcamp, you can apply with or without team members. Accordingly, students will apply in one of the following roles:
1. CONCEPT OWNER APPLYING ALONE
If you are a concept owner applying alone and your concept is accepted, you must be willing to have two independent applicants join you in working on your concept. When you apply, you will have an opportunity to indicate whether or not you would like to be considered for admission as an independent applicant, in the event that your concept is rejected.
2. two- or three-Member team With a concept
If you are applying as part of a team of RC students who wish to enroll in the Bootcamp and work on a venture concept together, we will ask that you designate one team member to submit some information about your concept. Other team members are also required to fill out an application, but they will not be asked for information about your concept. When you apply, each team member will have an opportunity to indicate whether or not they would like to be considered for admission as an independent applicant, in the event that your team's concept is rejected.
3. INDEPENDENT APPLICANT
Independent applicants do not have a venture concept and are not yet affiliated with a team that has one. After we make admissions decisions, we will run a team assembly process that matches independent applicants to concept owners who applied alone or teams who applied with only two members.