Our Agencies: Understanding HSA
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Dara Li
April 3rd, 2019
Within its 13 constituent businesses, HSA operates with a wide array of business models, customers, pricing structures, and industries.
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Within its 13 constituent businesses, HSA operates with a wide array of business models, customers, pricing structures, and industries. Here is an overview of the agencies at HSA:

HSA Cleaners (est. 1957) provides the Harvard community and Greater Boston area with high quality laundry, dry cleaning, bulk wash, and linen rental services at the most competitive prices in all of Harvard Square. With five physical locations as well as a timesaving pick-up and delivery service, HSA Cleaners is dedicated to serving local businesses, residents, and the campus community.

HSA Dorm Essentials (est. 1957) gives Harvard students everything they need to live comfortably on campus. HSA Dorm Essentials provides linens, drink delivery, furniture, refrigerators, fans, and packing boxes to students as well as to alumni and summer program participants.

Let’s Go (est. 1960) is the only travel guide created exclusively by students for students. Run entirely by Harvard students, Let’s Go offers a fresh, young perspective on hundreds of travel destinations around the globe, and has become one of the most popular hubs of travel information, tips, and know-how through its guides, mobile apps, and website. Built around the unique viewpoint of energetic, budget-minded explorers, Let’s Go’s firsthand, insider knowledge of the student travel experience entices adventure lovers of all ages.

The Harvard Bartending Course & Bar Services (est. 1963) provides TIPS certification and mixology training for aspiring bartenders in the Boston area. Popular among both students and community members, the one-day course has trained more than 50,000 participants, giving graduates the certification and skills to bartend at any restaurant, bar, or club.

Harvard Distribution (est. 1980) offers campus postering, mailbox stuffing, and door-dropping services to connect businesses with students at Harvard and MIT. The Harvard Distribution team distributes inside student dormitories, putting advertisers including Harvard academic departments as close to the undergraduate community as possible.

The Cronin Center for Enterprise (est. 1981) plans and funds cutting-edge educational forums and career development programs to spur undergraduate interest in business, and to bridge the gap between education and professional careers. The Cronin Center for Enterprise works with Harvard's Office of a Career Services to host pre-professional events for Harvard undergraduate students.

The Harvard Shop (est. 2001) offers Harvard merchandise and apparel for students, affiliates, and visitors alike at its three Harvard Square locations and an online store. The Harvard Shop is the exclusive supplier of the One Ring, the only Harvard University class ring officially sponsored by students.

HSA Tutoring (est. 2006 )provides comprehensive SAT and other standardized test prep, as well as private in-person and online academic tutoring. In addition to offering private and group tutoring packages HSA Tutoring works with overseas partners to bring an immersive educational experience to students from all over the world.

GroupGear (est. 2014) offers custom apparel and accessories to organizations at Harvard and around the country. With an expansive catalog, as well as collegiate and Greek licensing, GroupGear is dedicated to serving small student clubs and national companies alike. Functionalities such as online custom stores allow individual group members to buy and pay for products online, saving GroupGear customers time and money.

HSA DEV (est. 2017) provides comprehensive web and app development and design consulting for a variety of businesses. Recent projects include a new web app to streamline the publication process for Let's Go, a mobile physiotherapy app for a growing startup, web design for Harvard Business School MBA students, and a complete rebranding and web redesign for a venture capital firm.

Studio 67 (est. 2017) is an advertising agency that combines technical multimedia experience with a strategic mindset focused on providing companies with insight into the largest consumer base in the United States: millennials, or people aged 18 to 34. Studio 67 specializes in brand strategy, videography, photography, social media, and marketing partnerships. Recent projects include branding for an educational startup that assesses students' professional strengths and a crowdfunding equity company.

Campus Insights (acq. 2018) is a UI / UX testing and marketing research firm that provides insights through moderated, in-depth interviews of users and customers interacting with a company’s product. After conducting interview-based research, the CI team delivers analysis with actionable insights in addition to both raw and edited interviews. Recent projects include testing for Airbnb, market analysis for Chegg, and recurring projects for GoFundMe and VSCO.

The Academies at Harvard (est. 2018) is a sister brand to HSA Tutoring and provides intensive academic enrichment programs for high-achieving high school students. Our Summer Academies offer an unparalleled and challenging academic experience on Harvard's campus, while our Weekend Academies have traveled to schools around the globe, including in Panama City, Puerto Rico, Austin, and Minneapolis. Program topics include business, coding, politics and pre-med.