Lessons Learned from Scaling an Innovation Center


In 2011, Harvard opened the i-lab to help students explore innovation and entrepreneurship in any industry, and at any stage. Seven years later, more than 1100 ventures have been incubated at the Harvard Innovation Labs. Founders come from all 12 Harvard schools, and approximately 50 percent of the ventures have one female founder.

In this talk, Jodi Goldstein will share lessons learned from starting and growing an innovation center that helps nurture a diversity of ideas.

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  1. Understand how university innovation centers can sit alongside the academic curriculum and complement traditional with experiential learning.
  2. Discover strategies that universities can use to effectively support students in their entrepreneurial endeavors.
  3. Identify metrics that can be used to measure the success of a university innovation and entrepreneurship center.



Alex Parks, Publicist, Harvard Innovation Labs

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