The Rock Summer Fellows program, funded by gifts from Arthur Rock and the John F. Lebor Family, provides an opportunity for students exploring an entrepreneurial path to focus on founding a new venture, working at a startup, or pursuing a role in venture capital.


The HBS Summer Fellows Program enables students to realize their unique career visions without being limited by the compensation levels of certain opportunities, regardless of industry or location. Funding is available for students joining existing organizations, as well as for those founding new ventures who have not yet raised significant capital.

The Rock Summer Fellows track is a competitive program in which students will be part of a select community through the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. Rock Summer Fellows will:

  • Engage in a peer exchange network of students committed to entrepreneurship.
  • Receive the additional benefits of access to the resources and expertise of the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, including topical sessions, office hours, and opt-in coaching.
  • Attend a kick-off session in the spring followed by a wrap-up session in the fall to offer Fellows the opportunity to be active and engaged during and beyond the Rock Summer Fellow experience.

Rock Founders Forum

The Rock Founders Forum is offered to students in the summer between their RC and EC year, supporting student founders in the development of their social impact startup. The program is for students who are serious about pursuing their idea and are committed to a structured program. Students will join a community of founders and commit to attending both coach-led founders circles and workshops during the summer. The forum will also have geographic gatherings as well as a $1.5K experimentation fund per startup. This program complements the Rock Summer Fellows program.

To learn more, join us at the Rock Center Info Session in the Spring Semester.

  • Founder Deadline: Monday, April 1
  • Joiner Deadline: Monday, May 13