Harvard Innovation Labs Company Overview
The Harvard Innovation Labs is a vibrant, cross-disciplinary ecosystem for the Harvard community to explore innovation and entrepreneurship while building deeper connections. It is an excellent example of the One Harvard vision and a leading catalyst for the Allston Science and Enterprise District.
The Harvard Innovation Labs began in 2011 with the opening of the i-lab, and has expanded since with the additions of the alumni-focused Harvard Launch Lab in 2014, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, a co-working life-sciences community, in 2016.
The approach differs from that of other entrepreneurship centers in its breadth, operating model, and governance. First, it accepts any student from any Harvard school with any idea, fostering cross-disciplinary, cross-university collaboration. The i-lab resources support student ventures spanning social and cultural entrepreneurship, health and sciences, technology, and consumer fields. Second, it is student centered and faculty enabled, with programming supplied by schools across Harvard to help students take their ideas as far as they can go. Third, the i-lab serves as a new model for university collaboration as it is co-governed by the Provost and Deans of Harvard.
Jobs at Harvard Innovation Labs
Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Executive Director
Jodi Goldstein is the Executive Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs, which includes the Harvard i-lab, the Harvard Launch Lab for alumni, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab for alumni, faculty and student led life science ventures. With more than 20 years of experience as a startup executive, co-founder, and investor, she is focused on new strategic initiatives that have the potential to expand the Labs’ student and alumni reach and impact while also serving as primary liaison with the organization’s key stakeholders and the broader regional, national and global innovation community.
Jodi has a breadth and depth of industry experience including expertise in consumer, e-commerce, mobile, and luxury goods businesses. She has been on the management team of several venture-backed startups including iMarket (sold to D&B), Planetall (sold to Amazon for over $100M), Send.com, Hoteluxury.com, and Mobicious. She co-founded Drync — a mobile app that allows consumers to find, track, share and purchase wines. Jodi was also an investor at venture capital firm TA Associates, where she specialized in retail and consumer products. She began her career at GE in their FMP program and was a member of their Corporate Audit Staff, the internal consulting arm of GE.
Jodi has an MBA from Harvard and a BS in International Business from the University of Vermont. Recently, she has been featured in Fast Company and The Boston Globe, and is a contributor to Fortune as part of its Entrepreneur Insider network. She was also recently featured on NECN and ABC news. In addition to raising three boys, Jodi enjoys snowboarding, cycling, and is also a private pilot.
As the Director of Advising, Howard leads the resident Advising team, and guides the Programming strategy across the Harvard Innovation Labs to better serve student entrepreneurs and alumni founders & ventures alike. Howard’s mission, and that of the entire Advising team, is to meet the “Harvard founder” wherever they are on their entrepreneurial journey, and provide direction, insight and the wisdom needed to help them push their venture further, faster.
A circuitous route to the Harvard Innovation Labs, Howard has spent the last two decades working in, on, and consulting to technology-centric startups. Most recently he led the product, technology & marketing for a mid-market IoT Platform. Prior to that, he was the COO for a pioneering Digital Marketing SaaS provider. Through it all, he’s learned life’s too short to build something nobody wants. Thankfully, the tools now exist to measure what people do, rather than what they say, and leverage those insights in the design and execution of a business model search.
Howard is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Software Engineering.
Director, Operations & Administration
Joanne Healy is the Director of Operations and Administration at the Harvard Innovation Labs.
As part of the senior leadership team, she will provide leadership and management of operations and ensure the smooth functioning of the all three labs as the campus hub of entrepreneurial innovation. She will manage the Operations team and act as the primary liaison with Harvard Business School and University departments.
Prior to joining the Harvard Innovation Labs, she had a long career at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement where she was the Senior Vice President of Operations. Her responsibilities included oversight of Human Resources, Information Technology, Information Systems, Event Planning, Facilities, The Open School for Health Professionals and all Open Enrollment Programs. She is looking forward to applying her experience to help make the Innovation Labs run smoothly and efficiently. She enjoys sports, reading, spending time with family and friends. She has recently taken up painting and loves it!
As the Director of Marketing, Josh leads a team of marketers whose mission it is to inspire the world to question the status quo. This includes driving Brand Strategy, curating content, and creating engaging digital and physical experiences. He has been a leader in consumer marketing for 20 years, spending over half of his career at Nike before moving to New Balance, then into the world of entrepreneurship. He co-founded Nix, a Harvard Innovations Labs based start-up before becoming the Head of Marketing for Tracksmith, a Boston-based running apparel brand. Throughout his career, creating original programs and one-of-a-kind experiences has been his passion.
Josh serves on several youth- and sports-related boards and remains active in the sports marketing industry. He graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in marketing & management and earned his MBA from Northeastern University with an emphasis in finance.
Assistant Director, Consumer Goods and Services
Peter Gladstone is the Assistant Director of Consumer Goods and Services. He leads programming and mentoring for all consumer-facing ventures at the Harvard Innovation Labs. Peter has over 20 years of consumer marketing experience having held marketing jobs of varying responsibilities for Gillette, P&G and The Boston Beer Company. Peter will be working in a part-time capacity. When not working at the Harvard Innovation Labs he can be found shipping blue socks all over the world for his two sons (ask him about it), training his family’s new puppy or mentoring consumer start-ups outside of the Harvard community.
Michael Fenn, Ph. D.
Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences, Harvard Innovation Labs
Dr. Michael Fenn is tasked with advising and supporting all healthcare and life science ventures with a focus on supporting founders seeking to drive innovations in human health, which include students, research fellows, and alumni. Michael also serves as a liaison within the Harvard-affiliated healthcare and research communities, as well the surrounding Boston-area ecosystem.
He is particularly passionate about bridging the gap between the academic research and venture worlds, having worked extensively in both. Michael has served as cofounder, advisor, and board member for over 25 startups, as well as several incubators and economic development committees. His entrepreneurial efforts have resulted in significant early-stage capital, creation of intellectual property, technology transfer, and navigation of regulatory pathways. Dr. Fenn received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, and B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry, all from the University of Florida.
Director of Lab Operations, Life Lab
Shawn Ayube is the director of laboratory operations at the Harvard Life Lab. He provides direction and guidance to the shared and private lab operations. He has worked for almost 20 years in the pharma/biotech industry for companies ranging from startup stage to world leading biotech. Over 15 years as a lab scientist in the discipline of small molecule chromatography supporting pre-clinical discovery efforts he has held roles of increasing responsibilities and has presented at conferences on these topics as well as co-authored articles in leading scientific journals. Prior to joining LabCentral, Shawn spent 7 years at Amgen, where he was initially brought in as a chromatographer and later transitioned into managing the laboratory operations for all of the discovery research groups at Amgen’s Cambridge, MA site. He earned his BS in Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MBA from the University of Phoenix, and MS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Florida.
Career, schmeer, we’re talking about the opportunity to join an innovation hyperloop…
We the people of the Harvard Innovation Labs are on a meteoric mission to making a profound difference in the world by inspiring and helping Harvard students and alumni realize their inner innovators and all the learning that successful innovation demands. If you’re interested in innovation generally, entrepreneurship specifically, or just want to join an organization that is committed to personal and professional transformation as the central means of creating better everything, read on.
The Harvard Innovation Labs is a unique collaborative and educational ecosystem designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurship across the local and global Harvard community and as a central hub of the burgeoning Allston Science and Enterprise District. The Labs consist of a range of programs and two physical spaces that are adjacent to the Harvard Business School campus. Each year, we welcome thousands of students and hundreds of student- and alumni-led ventures focused on ideas that have the potential to make the world work a whole lot better. And boy could the world use that. The core programs are below:
The i-lab is a One Harvard learning and doing collaborative open to any full-time, degree-seeking Harvard student from any Harvard school seeking to explore innovation and/or entrepreneurship at any stage. Whether a student is a looker, a creeper or a leaper into the vast vat called innovation, he or she is welcome here.
All students can tap into a range of i-lab resources from staff advising and workshops to co-working space and the chance to be accepted into the Venture Incubation Program (VIP), a 12-week integrated offering that helps student startups realize meaningful progress while learning what it takes to lead, to manage and to respond to the infinite challenges that starting a startup presents. We also run an annual student-led competition called the President’s Innovation Challenge which awards $310,000 in prize money. And as much as we explain that it’s not about the money, well, it does help.
Launch Lab X
Launch Lab X is a groundbreaking startup accelerator for Harvard alumni-led ventures from around the world. The exclusive nine-month residential program is designed to support ventures with truly disruptive ideas that are committed to building viable businesses. We only accept 10 to 15 teams per cohort. Launch Lab X teams are housed within the i-lab and they’re really happy about it.
The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab
The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is where brilliant science that has the capacity to heal, to cure and to reduce some of life’s miseries is occurring. It’s a shared laboratory and coworking space for high-potential life sciences and biotech startups founded by Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars. The 15,000-square-foot facility features a fully-equipped and permitted laboratory with 36 work benches, co-working spaces, several conference rooms and a full kitchen. It also has cold brew 24/7.
So that’s what we are. The question is who are you?
Because we’re not just looking for people to do jobs. We’re looking for a certain kind of who. We’re looking for lions, tigers and bears who aren’t afraid to ponder and ask, who are insatiably curious about the world and the way it all works, beginning with the species called humans. And as importantly, we’re after team members who stand on their toes, not on their heels. Selfless peers who are willing to push forward in order to realize their fullest potential and that of the Harvard Innovation Labs.