Pear Garage

Pear Garage is a community for 25 entrepreneurial engineering students to work on meaningful problems and build products to solve them.

2022 Pear Harvard Garage Cohort

Who are we looking for?

  • Engineering students who want to build products. Hack away!
  • Stanford and Harvard engineering students (Bachelors, Masters, PhD)
  • Committed to meeting regularly throughout the school year

About Garage

Pear Garage started back in 2013, when two Stanford students came to Pejman and Mar with an idea to create an informal gathering space for Stanford students interested in entrepreneurship. 

The Pear office on High St. became a hub for entrepreneurial engineers to work on side projects, hear from tech titans, and launch their own companies.

Today, Pear Garage has enhanced its programming for members. We like to think of it as a social hacker club, where students work together to find meaningful problems and build solutions through collaborating with the Pear team and our network. Pear Garage offers:


Problems to solve

Learn about current problems through talks with industry-experts and founders

Business mentorship

1-on-1 office hours with our Pear team of experienced company builders enable you to ask us any questions and gather feedback on your business decisions


$100K+ worth of resources (including AWS, Google Cloud, and Notion)


Vibrant network of builders so you can learn from each other, and hold each other to the highest standards


Social events allow you to hang out with entrepreneurs and the many remarkable alumni of Pear Garage, including the founders of Affinity, Mem, Skiff, Nightfall, Cresta, and Ladder

No fees or obligations

Participating in Pear Garage is totally free. We don’t charge you anything, nor do we ask for any equity in your company.

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Pear Garage gave you a community and a network of friends, made it feel like you weren’t alone.

Ray Zhou Co-Founder and CEO

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The difference with Pear is that even after several rounds of funding, they continue to work with us and add value.

King Alandy Dy CEO and Co-Founder

Pear Garage alumni

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Ray Zhou

CEO and Co-Founder of Affinity

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Shubham Goel

Co-Founder/Co-CEO of Affinity

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Katherine Liu

CEO and Co-Founder of FormFunction, Pear Founder

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Isaac Madan

Co-Founder of Nightfall AI

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Arpan Shah

Visiting Partner at Pear VC

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Niveditha S. Iyer


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Hongxia Zhong

Director of Engineering at Flex

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Vivek Nair

Co-Founder/CTO of Pesto

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Ryan Rice

Ryan Rice

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Neetish Sharma

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Learn tactical company building from Pear VC partners

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Mar Hershenson

Founding Managing Partner

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Ajay Kamat


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Pepe Agell


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Arash Afrakhteh


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Ilian Georgiev

Ilian Georgiev

Visiting Partner

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Addison Leong

Director of Engineering

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Eddie Eltoukhy


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Vivien Ho

Vivien Ho


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Interested in joining
Pear Garage?