Are you an RC pursuing a career in VC? The Rock Venture Partners program enables a small group of HBS students to learn more about investing in startups by supporting Rock Accelerator teams as they go through the process of pitching and starting a venture. The program is run by Jeff Bussgang HBS Senior Lecturer and Flybridge General Partner.

As part of the program, students will:

  • Evaluate and Invest: Evaluate and Invest: As part of the investment committee for the Rock Accelerator program, Rock Venture Partners will learn to evaluate teams and allocate a limited set of funds across a myriad of business proposals.
  • Advise: By sitting on the boards of Rock Accelerator companies, Rock Venture Partners will begin to understand the complexities of building a business and how a VC's role can help a company succeed.
  • Get Access: As members of the Rock Accelerator investment committee and via a widely circulated resume book, students will gain unprecedented access to managing partners at some of the top firms in the U.S. and gain insight into their thinking, philosophy, and upcoming needs.
  • Network: Attend meet and greets with prominent VCs around the U.S. through dinners, coffees, or Skype sessions to gain further perspective on being a VC as well as build your VC network connections. Students meet together regularly to discuss their VC projects, the latest industry trends, and VC news.
  • Shadow a VC Firm: Get matched with a VC firm based on your interests. Complete a project or deep dive on a sector of interest for the firm and potentially sit in on company pitches and partner meetings.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the RVP program students must be rising ECs with an interest in supporting the Rock Accelerator teams and be pursuing a career in VC . We also look for candidates who have experience in startups, venture investing, or product management; the desire to learn from experienced investors; and the ability to commit to key dates, deliverables, and role requirements for the academic year.

Accepted students can also decide to apply for IP credit with Professor Bussgang.

How to Apply

Applicants for 2019-2020 school year:

  1. Attend the Information Session on tuesday, March 5, 2019. We will also start accepting the applications for the pogram from this date. View information session presentation here.
  2. Download and complete this RVP APPLICATION
  3. Submit your application before the Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019, at 12 noon by emailing it to Rock@HBS.edu w/ the subject line: RVP Application 2019-20: (Your Name). Be sure to include your resume and put your first and last name along with your email in the header of each page.
  4. Save the Date: April 17, 2019 5:30-8pm to attend Rock Pitch Day, if selected.
 
 

Meet the Rock Venture Partners 2019-20


Kriti Bansal is excited about companies focused on consumer, content & Media, healthcare, and frontier-tech. Prior to HBS, she was at Sequoia Capital investing in early stage startups in India. She was also a consultant at McKinsey where she primarily focused on projects in healthcare, fintech and consumer goods. Kriti spent her HBS summer working at the Softbank Vision Fund focused on growth stage technology investments.

Meaghan Conwayis a second-year at HBS. Prior to business school, she worked in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and private equity at The Carlyle Group. Meaghan also co-founded The Synergist Network, a professional organization for junior women in investing roles. She is most excited about innovation in the consumer, healthcare, and FinTech spaces. Meaghan spent her HBS summer working in venture capital at Greycroft Partners.

Candice du Fretay is currently a second-year student at HBS. She is particularly interested in consumer and technology investments. Prior to HBS, she was an M&A Vice President at Lazard’s Consumer & Retail practice in Paris, New York and Beijing. At HBS, she co-founded Celeste, an urban social club catering to families. Candice spent her HBS summer with Prose, a custom hair care brand backed by investors including Forerunner Ventures and Insight Partners.

Libby Hauser is excited about novel technological solutions as well as unique design and branding that can transform legacy platforms, particularly across the healthcare and consumer & retail industries. Prior to HBS, Libby was in investment banking in San Francisco at J.P. Morgan. She worked with companies across the spectrum of healthcare, including biotechnology, medical technology, and digital health. Previously, she was in the retail industry, working in strategy & operations at J.Crew in New York.

Tanay Jaipuria is a second-year at HBS interested in early stage investing in marketplaces and SaaS products. Prior to HBS, he spent two years each as a Product Manager at Facebook and as a consultant at McKinsey where he primarily focused on strategy projects across tech, media, telecom and financial services. Tanay spent his HBS summer working at Andreessen Horowitz on the consumer investing team.

Amanda Loyola is a second-year at HBS and primarily focused on consumer tech investments. After two years at McKinsey, she spent two years at Glamsquad, an in-home beauty services start-up backed by NEA and BBG Ventures, as Chief of Staff to the CEO. Amanda spent her pre-MBA internship at Thrive Capital, a venture capital investment firm focused on internet and software investments, and her HBS summer on the marketing team at Kiehl's.

Rohan Malhotra is excited by startups using design and technology to evolve dusty industries. Prior to HBS, he built and co-managed Argo Ventures, leading early-stage B2B investments across fintech and enterprise software. He began his career as a design consultant, developing new digital products for Fortune 500 brands. Rohan spent his HBS summer at Newfront Insurance, a startup focused on modernizing the $500B+ insurance industry.

Sacha Perold is a second-year at HBS, particularly excited about innovations in FinTech, omnichannel commerce, and two-sided marketplaces. Prior to HBS, she spent four years at Visa working across Product, Strategy and Operations, most recently in a role launching emerging payments products in the U.S. market. This summer, she worked in an operating role at an early-stage startup in New York City.

Janelle Teng has a keen interest in enterprise software, FinTech, and B2B marketplaces. Her passion for tech was cultivated through prior roles as a venture capitalist at B Capital Group during her pre-MBA summer, and as a product manager at SalesforceIQ (formerly RelateIQ), where she led mobile development for Salesforce Inbox. She also previously worked as a management consultant at McKinsey. Janelle spent her HBS summer at Vitruvian Partners covering growth stage technology investments.