Harvard University Startup policies and practices


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Harvard’s research enterprise yields discoveries with the potential to improve lives, transform industries, and create tremendous social and economic value.

The Office of Technology Development (OTD) promotes the public good by advancing science, fostering innovation, and translating new inventions made at Harvard University into useful products that are available and beneficial to society.

The website includes:

  • Inventors guide - A guide to intellectual property and technology development for Harvard faculty and researchers
  • Startup guide - An entrepreneur’s guide for Harvard University faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows
  • Harvard’s IP policy