Six years ago, we started an experiment here at Highland to see if we could find a better way to get to know the most promising entrepreneurs at local universities. We recognized that many of the great companies formed in the last decade or so, especially in consumer internet, have been the creation of founders who weren’t too far out of school. In some notable cases, they never finished.
Yet, we also recognized that many of these student-founded businesses ran into the same problems with hiring the wrong people, building the wrong product, or going after the wrong market. Students, almost by definition, don’t have the benefit of hindsight to guide them to make informed decisions. This frustrated us because we felt that our shared knowledge of company building, garnered over the last 25 years of Highland’s existence, could help students get to the right answer faster, and create lasting value for their companies.
And so Summer@Highland was born. We designed it exclusively for student founders and the unique problems they face:
We are thrilled to announce that the application for Summer@Highland 2013 is now open at http://summer.hcp.com. We’re looking forward to another great year, and can’t wait to see what this year’s applicants are working on!