MBA students at Harvard Business School (HBS) now have access to a whole new pool of entrepreneurial talent through the school’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR) program, the school announced earlier this month. HBS has named 16 entrepreneurs to take part in the program for 2014-15, 14 of whom are HBS graduates.
Sponsored by the school’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program is now in its ninth year. Participating entrepreneurs come to campus to advise MBA students who are interested in starting their own companies. They also work with HBS faculty on research and course development.
This year’s resident entrepreneurs are drawn from a wide range of industries, including e-commerce, entertainment, private equity, retail and venture capital. Among them are Marla Beck, cofounder and CEO of high-growth luxury beauty retail chain Blue Mercury; Stephen Bonner, president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America; David Hornick, a venture capitalist at August Capital, which invests broadly in IT companies, and Jules Piere, founder and CEO of the Daily Grommet, a product launch platform devoted to discovering and celebrating innovative companies.
HBS Entrepreneurs-in-Residence serve for the entire academic year in a part-time capacity. They meet with students both in groups and one on one and collaborate with faculty members on cases, courses, research and other activities.