Starting up a new venture amid rapid change and increased competition is fraught with challenges. Launching New Ventures focuses on overcoming the common obstacles facing entrepreneurs in startups and executives building an entrepreneurial culture in larger organizations. This newly expanded six-day program shows you how to build a successful business by turning disruptive innovation into a competitive advantage—and how to lead and grow a profitable enterprise at every stage of its lifecycle.

What You Can Expect

Offering the latest perspectives on entrepreneurial issues and best practices, Launching New Ventures (LNV) helps you improve your analytical skills, make sound investment and management decisions, and develop the essential leadership capabilities for managing growth and radical change.

The first three days of this six-day program will center on a core curriculum that is consistent across all LNV cohorts, past and present. Immersed in the hallmark HBS case method, you will examine the central pillars of new venture formation, business execution, and entrepreneurial challenges. This highly integrated program encapsulates best practices for successfully launching a new business and delivers classic insights into the entrepreneurship process.

During the last three days, you will join past participants of prior LNV cohorts to explore the latest thought leadership on how to grow and scale an early-stage venture and drive long-term business success. Each year, the HBS faculty will refresh the advanced curriculum with new case studies. After attending this six-day program, you will become eligible in future years to join Leading Growing Ventures for continued learning and networking.

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Offering the latest perspectives on entrepreneurial issues and best practices, Launching New Ventures (LNV) helps you improve your analytical skills, make sound investment and management decisions, and develop the essential leadership capabilities for managing growth and radical change.

The first three days of this six-day program will center on a core curriculum that is consistent across all LNV cohorts, past and present. Immersed in the hallmark HBS case method, you will examine the central pillars of new venture formation, business execution, and entrepreneurial challenges. This highly integrated program encapsulates best practices for successfully launching a new business and delivers classic insights into the entrepreneurship process.

During the last three days, you will join past participants of prior LNV cohorts to explore the latest thought leadership on how to grow and scale an early-stage venture and drive long-term business success. Each year, the HBS faculty will refresh the advanced curriculum with new case studies. After attending this six-day program, you will become eligible in future years to join Leading Growing Ventures for continued learning and networking.

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Your Course of Study

This Executive Education program examines the complex process of exploiting disruptive opportunities to build successful new businesses. From defining business initiatives to attracting capital and talent, this newly expanded program will help you develop proactive strategies as your business grows.

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This Executive Education program examines the complex process of exploiting disruptive opportunities to build successful new businesses. From defining business initiatives to attracting capital and talent, this newly expanded program will help you develop proactive strategies as your business grows.

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Who Is Right for the Program

Launching New Ventures is designed for entrepreneurs and executives who are building a new venture or developing the capabilities necessary for successful innovation and rapid growth.

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Launching New Ventures is designed for entrepreneurs and executives who are building a new venture or developing the capabilities necessary for successful innovation and rapid growth.

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Complementary Programs

Advance your skills further and maximize your time away from the office by taking advantage of two complementary programs offered during consecutive weeks. Launching New Ventures focuses on overcoming the common obstacles facing entrepreneurs in startups and principals building entrepreneurial ventures, while Foundations of Private Equity and Venture Capital delves into entrepreneurial finance and offers advice for navigating the world of private equity and venture capital. Together, these programs provide you with essential skillsets for exploring investment opportunities and building and leading a successful enterprise.

Advance your skills further and maximize your time away from the office by taking advantage of two complementary programs offered during consecutive weeks. Launching New Ventures focuses on overcoming the common obstacles facing entrepreneurs in startups and principals building entrepreneurial ventures, while Foundations of Private Equity and Venture Capital delves into entrepreneurial finance and offers advice for navigating the world of private equity and venture capital. Together, these programs provide you with essential skillsets for exploring investment opportunities and building and leading a successful enterprise.

Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Faculty Chair
MBA Class of 1975 Professor of Entrepreneurial Management. Member of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit; and faculty chair of "Launching New Ventures: Jump-Starting Innovation for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners." Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

William R. Kerr

Faculty Chair
MBA Class of 1975 Professor of Entrepreneurial Management. Member of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit; and faculty chair of "Launching New Ventures: Jump-Starting Innovation for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners."

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Admissions

The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both.

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The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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