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Harvard alumns investing together

The Yard Ventures is a community of Harvard alums: investors, executives, entrepreneurs, and innovation enthusiasts with a connection to one of Harvard's 15 schools. At our core,  we are a Harvard alum venture fund investing in Harvard alum-led companies. We are private, for profit, and not part of Harvard. We strongly believe that we can do better investing in VC together than any of us can do alone. Our Annual Funds and Co-Investment Program are accepting new accredited investors. Click the crimson button to join our community, sign up for our newsletter, and/or to indicate your interest as a potential investor.


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Why Invest?


Smart Asset Allocation

A simple, intelligent way to a venture portfolio: following smart, experienced leads; investing over time; and creating a diversified portfolio.


Access To Top-Tier Deals

We invest in professional venture and growth rounds typically unavailable to individual investors.



Network and socialize with a large, established group of Harvard entrepreneurs and investors.


Transparency & Communication

Access to diligence materials, management conversations, and deal-related information for each investment. Just a single K-1.


Pay It Forward

Invest in promising companies in the growing Harvard entrepreneurial ecosystem.



Invest additional capital on a deal-by-deal basis as you wish.

The yard ventures experience

Investment Approach

  • Profit driven. Our fund is private, for profit, ROI driven, and run by a full-time, experienced Harvard team.
  • Networked capital & deal sourcing. Every year, we raise capital from up to 99 alums ($50k - $500k per investor) then source deals from our large Harvard network.
  • Diverse and broad. We invest in 15 - 25 deals per year spanning a range of industries, stages, and geographies.
  • Co-invest with smart money. We primarily invest alongside top-tier venture investors. We do not lead deals, price rounds, or take Board seats. We aim to be valuable to the portfolio company and frictionless in the deal.

Our Style

  • Intentionally Inclusive. We are an experienced, diverse community from different Harvard schools and backgrounds, with different reasons for being involved.
  • Open. Our level of community involvement and transparency is unprecedented in the VC community.
  • High tech and high touch. We make intelligent use of technology, while also enjoying meet-ups and connecting.
  • Hard-nosed, soft-hearted. We are tough decision-makers and invest in only a small percentage of the deals we see. Yet we’ll hear anyone’s pitch and strive to be supportive and helpful.
  • Optimistic. We believe that we can help foster entrepreneurship and aim to add value for everyone in the Yard Ventures community.