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Climatech Startup Bootcamp
Climatech Startup Bootcamp

Sat, Feb 10


SEC - Room 1.402

Climatech Startup Bootcamp

One day workshop targeted for science and engineering masters, PhD candidates, faculty, and postdocs who wish to translate their tough tech research into a sustainability or climate focused startup. Absolutely no experience required. Limited capacity.

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Time & Location

Feb 10, 2024, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

SEC - Room 1.402, Science and Engineering Complex, 150 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02134, USA

About the event

Join the Harvard Grid, in partnership with the Harvard Office of Technology Development and the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability for a one-day sprint designed for science and engineering masters, PhD candidates, faculty, and postdocs who wish to translate their tough tech research into a sustainability or climate focused startup after completion of their program. This workshop will inspire ideas to launch your research as a start-up, giving you the knowledge and skills to make this a reality, and connect you with a community of like-minded individuals on the same path. Absolutely no experience required.

Spots are limited (40 seats) - Register TODAY!

What to Expect:

- Full day immersive, interactive workshop with HBS-style mini cases, lectures, networking, and thought provoking discussions

- Breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided

Speaker Profiles:

Jim Matheson - Senior Lecturer of Business Adminstration, Harvard Business School

Thomas R. Eisenmann - Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration and Peter O. Crisp Faculty Chair, Harvard Innovation Labs

Sam Liss - Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, Harvard Office of Technology Development

Tom Clay - HBS Executive Fellow; CEO, Xtalic Corp.

George Sarrinikolaou - Executive Director, The Salata Institute

Paul Hayre - Executive Director, Harvard Grid


8:30-9:00a         Coffee meet and greet

9:00-9:10           Welcome

Salata Institute - George Sarrinikolaou, Executive Director

Harvard Grid - Paul Hayre, Executive Director

9:10-9:30           Introduction, Goals and Expectations - Jim Matheson (HBS)

Climate context, problems & solutions mindset, tough tech and pre-commercialism

9:30-10:30         Building Founding Teams – Tom Clay (HBS) & Jim Matheson (HBS)

Identifying gaps, assessing competencies, leadership, creating a culture of innovation and collaboration

10:30-10:45       Break

10:45-11:00       Announcing - the OTD+Salata Institute Climate and Sustainability Translational Fund

11:00-11:50        IP Strategy and Licensing Basics - Sam Liss (OTD), Sidney McLaurin (CEO, Fleet Robotics), Bill Brady (CEO, Kula Bio)

Basic IP concepts, how IP creates value for startups, developing an informed patent strategy, moats, elements of a license

11:50-1:00p       Lunch + Fireside Chat: Dr. Christina Chang, Partner, Lowercarbon Capital & Prof Jim Matheson

1:00-2:30           Business Models - Tom Eisenmann (HBS)

Solution/problem/fit, customer vs payer, muni’s or government as customers, assessing climate impact, TEV, first markets

2:30-3:00           Break

3:00-4:15           Sources of and Structuring Capital – Jim Matheson (HBS)

Early-stage financing structures, financing primer: round pricing, securities, option pools, etc., sources of capital, raising capital, pitching

4:15-5:00           Tying it all together -  Tom Eisenmann (HBS) & Jim Matheson (HBS)

Recap of key takeaways, resources, and next steps for continuing to develop your start-up idea

5:00-6:00           Peer-to-peer networking (food, beer, wine, laughs, tears)

Our Partners: 

Harvard Office of Technology Development

Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability


The Harvard Grid welcomes attendees of all abilities to our events. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about physical access, please contact in advance of the event.


Please note: By registering, you agree to receive emails about this event and future communications from the Harvard Grid.

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