Network with Harvard Entrepreneurs in Chicago

HAE’s Chicago Chapter offers alumni a series of panels and networking events throughout the year. When you join this chapter you’ll be part of the hometown ecosystem of entrepreneurs and all the resources. Please send us a note at if you have any questions/comments about the chapter or are interested in getting more engaged with our community. Some opportunities include: volunteering with the chapter, spearheading events, sponsorship and more.




Coming soon

Past webinars

How To Drive Companies from Funding to Exit


HAE partners with GSVlabs/Boston to launch Harvard Startups co-working space exclusively for Harvard alumni led ventures.


The Matching Game: Entrepreneurs and Investors" with Bryan Cressey

Healthcare Innovation in Chicago

HAE-Chicago and HCC Pizza Party for Harvard Entrepreneurs

The Self-Pour Revolution: Happy Hour with Tapster Founder Roman Maliszewski

Social Entrepreneurship-The Future of Small Business


If your organization would like to support events organized by the Chicago chapter, please click here.

Chapter Co-Chairs

Anthony Chirchirillo OPM'03

Aleksandra Efimova OPM'10

Benjamin Bornstein MBA'97, JD'97

chapter Events

The Chicago chapter was setup in 2015 to address the needs of entrepreneurial Harvard alumni and Harvard affiliates based in Illinois and adjoining areas. The chapter also jointly hosts many events with partner organizations. Please sign up for the membership and the mailing list here to be informed of chapter activities. Upcoming chapter events are listed here. The chapter plans to conduct Workshops & Panel discussions, networking events, lunch series and many more events. Please join HAE to keep updated with HAE Chicago chapter activities.  


The chapter committees are responsible for various activities of the chapter. Chapters have flexibility around the structure and membership of the committees. Committee members can be elected by members or nominated by the co-chairs. Committees include:

  • Finance Committee: Oversee the finances of the chapter, including chapter activity planning and reaching out to potential chapter supporters

  • Events Committee: Responsible for planning and execution of events. Also collaborate with other organizations for joint events

  • Membership Committee: Develop chapter membership and manage member communication

Chicago chapter is looking for volunteers to serve on these committees. Please email us if you'd like more information.


member opportunities

Volunteer – Volunteer to help organizing events. Participate as a committee member or general member.

Host Events – If you personally or your organization would like to host event, please let us know about event idea and we will make it happen. Events could range from informal Meet-ups at restaurants, bars or Harvard University properties to formal seminars or networking events at corporate offices.

Support Events – Many corporate organizations prefer to host individual or a series of chapter events to build visibility among regional alumni. You can develop and support a new event idea or a program or you can support one or more ongoing events and programs. You can also sign up for HAE sponsorship. Please click here for more details.

Mentor – We are looking for seasoned entrepreneurs, business mavens, founders and investors to be part of our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program (EiR). Volunteers give their time to advise and counsel fellow alumni entrepreneurs on a wide range of topics. Please check out the details and sign up form here.

Partner – Members can organize joint events with HAE and their employers or another organization they are associated with.

Recruit – HAE provides a great platform to find co-founders and employees for your startup.

Advise – Seek and provide advice to members through discussion forums.

Gain clients – If you are in the business of providing services to startups, HAE provides an ideal forum to reach out to potential customers. Please check out the conflict of interest policy that lays out guidelines about this.