Pear GSB

GSB-founded startup? 

3 GSB Teams, Up To $25K Each, No Equity


Apply to join our exclusive Pear GSB, a part-time program that will provide you with access to funding, mentorship, and free resources to help launch your startup while you’re still at the GSB.

Current GSB Pear-backed companies include: AuroraBranchDoorDashJetInsightNova Credit, Inc.Ripple, and

Pear-backed GSB teams have raised over $250M from top firms including Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, NEA, Founders Fund, and First Round.



To qualify for Pear GSB, at least one founder must be an MBA student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). Both solo founders and teams of up to four are welcome to apply.



The Pear GSB program provides an opportunity for incredibly talented GSB entrepreneurs to launch their startups in Silicon Valley. We will accept up to 3 teams, each of which is committed and passionate about building their specific startup concept.

The application deadline is February 19, 2017. Teams will be notified by February 24, 2017 if they have been selected for a live interview.

We will invite teams for an in-person between February 27-March 3, 2017*. Final decisions will be sent out by March 5, 2017.

Accepted teams will also be invited to participate in our Pear Summer LaunchPad program.

*Dates are subject to change depending on the volume of applications.

Bryan Solar, GSB '15, pitching to investors 




Each team will receive $5,000, plus $7,500 per individual on the team, with a maximum of $25,000 total, in an uncapped convertible note. Upon completion of the program, teams will continue to have access to Pear resources and will be eligible for additional funding.


The chosen company will work with the Pear investment and operating team. In addition to regular check-ins with Pear partners, we will host monthly office hours with our extended network. Check out the full list of our operating partners here.


Admitted applicants will have 24/7 access to Pear’s “hacker studio” in downtown Palo Alto throughout the program. They will also have access to all of Pear’s partner discounts worth over $50K (AWS, Rackspace, Google Cloud, and FbStart credits, free legal hours with the major law firms, discounted use of Braintree, Hubspot and much more!), our internal networking platform, as well as events, workshops and our speaker series.