Innovation and Entrepreneurship

About HMS

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at HMS

Today’s urgent health challenges demand 21st century solutions: Targeted therapies. Apps that inspire behavior change. Technology to manage big data. Creative ways of healing underserved populations. HMS innovators are poised to discover, design, and build these solutions.

As part of its mission to alleviate human suffering from disease, Harvard Medical School encourages and supports innovation and entrepreneurship by its talented community of students, faculty, postdocs, alumni, and staff. Harvard provides resources—from mentors to technical expertise to funding—to help turn creative ideas for improving health into reality, whether these ideas emerge from our laboratories, classrooms, dormitories, or the clinics of Harvard’s renowned affiliated hospitals. The spirit of innovation infuses the School’s core activities of teaching, research, and patient care.

Have an idea and looking for help?
We’re here to help. If you are interested in learning about our opportunities or learning about our office hours with entrepreneurs, contact Paola Abello at (617) 432-3046 or

Current opportunities

Office Hours We host Harvard faculty, entrepreneurs and investors to meet with students and discuss their experience, answer career questions and hear your pitches.  These are available on a first come, first serve basis.  To sign up for office hours, click here.

Perspectives in Entrepreneurship is a series of lectures designed to engage top entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and across the country.  Speakers will join us on campus so share their insight on specific topics around entrepreneurship and innovation. For questions please contact  Past and upcoming speakers include:

  • Suneel Gupta, founder of Rise
  • Jake Knapp, Design Partner at Google Ventures and author of Sprint
  • Tom Lee, CEO of One Medical
  • Kiran Reddy, President & CEO of Praxis Precision Medicine

Case Writing Internship In partnership with the Center for Primary Care Research group, the student case writer position generates scholarship to highlight lessons in healthcare entrepreneurship. Students will have an opportunity to write a case study and profile an individual’s journey in medical innovation.

Workshops and Investor Pitches Experiential learning through workshops on design thinking, entrepreneurs toolkit, building prototypes and more!  We also host a series of pitch opportunities with a community of angel investors and venture capitalists.  

If you are interested in advocating for more entrepreneurial opportunities at HMS, join us to help inform, co-design and support the work we do!

Postdoc Entrepreneurship Committee
A key focus of this initiative is leveraging the intellectual resources and experience of HMS researchers and clinicians. Multiple programs, courses, and events are currently being developed or are already offered to the community of Postdocs and PhD/Medical students. In collaboration with the entire Harvard community, including Harvard Business School and the multiple “Life Labs” (e.g., iLab in Allston), Harvard Medical School fosters a spirit of entrepreneurship whereby unique approaches to healthcare challenges are supported by a dedicated infrastructure and cross-disciplinary resources. The school re-envisions the innovation life cycle as deriving from the bottom—up expertise of its constituents. HMS supports venture creation to address the needs of the healthcare ecosystem in which it plays a vital role, through mentorship and a platform to develop ideas into real-world solutions.

For more information on current or upcoming programs, contact the Postdoc Entrepreneurship Committee at or or by visiting this website.  

Upcoming Events
Office Hours
Location: Office of Student Affairs - TMEC 244
Sign up for Office Hours here
Krishna Yeshwant
Friday, June 20th 1:00 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, July 26th 1:00 - 3:00pm
Friday, September 1st 1:00 - 3:00pm
Christina Purpura
Friday, July 21st 12:30 - 2:30pm