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Harvard's one-stop-shop for TOUGH TECH  translation...

Harvard Grid is the one-stop-shop for Harvard scientists and engineers - students, post docs, researchers, and faculties where they can launch startups, find advisors, explore resources, discover opportunities, and connect with the Harvard and greater Boston innovation community.

Valuable venture-building expertise is provided on-site by OTD’s experienced advisors in business development, IP strategy, licensing, and company formation. We tap into the pool of talent in the Harvard alumni community, and our broader network, to serve as mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and nascent ventures.

We provide education in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, skill-building workshops, career development opportunities, and a launchpad into the wider ecosystem of startups, investors, industry, and alumni.

Research teams funded by the Accelerator receive dedicated workspace — near faculty labs in the SEC — creating a cross-disciplinary hive of innovation under one roof, supported by onsite advising from OTD staff and industry experts. 

The Harvard Grid Accelerator helps researchers de-risk their early-stage innovations by extending preliminary observations, establishing a solid proof of concept or prototype, scaling up a product or process, and generating (or enhancing) a strong intellectual property position.

Startups launching from Harvard Grid are strong candidates for venture incubation programs and investment


Physical spaces


Engaging programming


Access to advisors


Strategic funding


Lab to market

Translating Harvard research

to elevate society globally

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Launched in 2022, the Harvard Grid represents the full cultural and co-curricular integration of innovation and entrepreneurship into the daily life of research and teaching at SEAS and across the physical sciences, with a dedicated home in the Science and Engineering Complex.

A partnership between Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD), the Harvard Grid supports students and researchers across engineering and the physical sciences. We champion entrepreneurship and the commercial deployment of impactful innovations — advancing technology-driven solutions that can change the world.


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