RAPAGEPHOT.pngAre you passionate about solving a problem and dedicated to building the best solution? Are you ready to take your business idea to the next level? The HBS Arthur Rock Center Accelerator is a highly immersive program designed specifically for HBS student founders of early-stage startups. The focus is on building and validating their MVP as well as a strong emphasis on testing plans. The chosen teams experience deep-dive coached sessions and check-ins, pitch feedback and opportunities to pitch for seed funding. The goal is for teams to emerge from the program with a strong foundation for building or expanding a market ready product. 

 

Fall 2017 ROCK ACCELERATOR TEAMS

Abridge News
Laura Carpenter ‘18
Abridge News helps readers develop a balanced perspective on trending news stories by showing the most compelling opinions on all sides of a debate.

Alpha Vantage
Olivier Porte ‘18
Steve Z. ‘18
Cloud-based platform democratizing access to financial market data for software developers and investors.

BundleUp
Aditi Kumar ‘18
BundleUp is an online platform that facilitates discussion between voters and political candidates, allowing voters to make more informed decisions at the polls.

Coverd Insurance
Christie Horvath ‘18
Insurance that doesn’t suck: a pay per use model for personal lines offering customized coverage, lower monthly premiums, and zero deductibles.

EmCasa
Gustavo Vaz ‘18
Lucas Cardozo
Gustavo Saiani
Real Estate Agency in Brazil that through innovative product, data-based advisory services and affordable commissions is transforming buying and selling homes into a fun and effortless experience.

Endorse
Brandon Freiberg ‘18
Eugene Chung
Esports influencer marketing. We connect brands to video game players for authentic product sponsorships.

Faktor
Doug Shultz ‘18
We are democratizing hardware development by streamlining and simplifying the product engineering and manufacturing process.

FastFloss
Todd Joseph ‘18
FastFloss is the comfortable, easy, and quick new way to floss all of your teeth at once.

Frank
Gorick Ng ’18
Frank helps undergrads more successfully navigate the internship / job search one step at a time.

FullFill
Vicente Fauro ‘18
Lyrisse Van Der Mescht
Mario Dominguez
Logistics services marketplace. We match merchandise owners and warehouses with empty space.

Lazy Bear Tea
Drew Fink ‘18
Erik Ornitz ‘18
Daniela Uribe
Lazy Bear makes teas from cascara, the dried fruit of the coffee cherry that are delicious, refreshing, and low in sugar.

Myos
Rich Horgan ‘18
Angela Lek
Myos is developing a new approach to cell therapy to treat muscular dystrophy. We will deliver and fuse healthy cells for muscle regeneration.

Nalagenetics
Levana Sani ‘18
Astrid Irwanto
Personalized prescription for better outcomes targeting drugs with long-term use. We offer genetic testing, clinical decision support, and patient engagement tools. Our first module will be for a breast cancer adjuvant therapy.

trey
Rebecca Feickert ‘18
Regan Rau ‘18
Timothy Erps ‘18
Ivana Roulhac
Brian Reynolds
Trey helps athletes use college sports as a springboard to lifetime success.

Waypoint
Varun Mani ‘18
Sara Remsen MIT IDM ‘17
Umar Arshad MIT Sloan ‘17
Rapidly scale knowledge by using AR to capture and distribute how frontline workers operate through spatially-aware holographic workflows.

 

More ABOUt THE ROCK ACCELERATOR

The Rock Accelerator (RA) program is intended for HBS students who are serious about pursuing a business idea and are interested in taking it to the next level. This program offers a structured environment for you to build skills, receive feedback, and have the support you need to successfully progress through your entrepreneurial journey. Details include:

  • Community of HBS Founders - A select number of startup teams with at least (1) HBS student will be selected for this highly rigorous and rewarding program. 
  • Validate, Build, and Test - The RA program offers structured opportunities to students that allow them to make significant progress on their startup while in school. To be accepted, teams must be at the stage where they would like to test their business model assumptions and validate their value proposition or test their go-to-market strategy.
  • Pitch Practice - The RA program offers extensive pitch practice. There are opportunities to pitch to investors and gain valuable feedback on your idea, business model, go-to-market strategy, and your overall pitch.
  • Funding - Accepted teams may receive funding for their venture. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch for feedback and funding to validate their business model assumptions. Those who have already raised significant capital may not be eligible for the funding aspect of the program.
  • Coaches and Champions - Teams will be assigned a group of Rock Coaches  (alumni entrepreneurs, industry advisers or subject matter experts) and tech experts. 
  • Exposure- Teams demonstrating early traction will be selected to pitch at Demo Day.
 


ELIGIBILITY:

One or more EC students from HBS who are currently working on a venture and who are part of the founding team. To be eligible, teams must be actively building and testing a solution beyond customer discovery. Their current focus is building the MVP and are acquiring beta customers.

HOW TO APPLY:

Click here to submit your 2017-2018 Rock Accelerator application and please be sure to use the template here. All applications are due at 9:00 AM on Friday, September 15th. Applications will be reviewed using this rubric. Please note that only ECs can apply for the Rock Accelerator.
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FAQS:

Not everyone on my team is from HBS. Can they still participate?

We expect all HBS team members to attend the mandatory events. Outside team members are also welcome and encouraged to attend, but it is not mandatory. There will be one designated HBS lead per team. It is up to the lead to spread the word about events and opportunities for their team.

Can I be part of both the Rock Accelerator and i-Lab VIP program?

Yes, we encourage you to also apply to the VIP program to take advantage of the additional opportunities, resources, and workspace. While there may be some overlap with the program elements, our Rock Accelerator offers funding and is designed specifically for HBS MBA students.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us: rock@hbs.edu.