The New Venture Competition Alumni Track serves as a launch pad for innovative new ventures from HBS alumni, providing access and exposure to potential investors, mentors, and advisors. The annual event is sponsored by the Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Alumni Clubs & Associations. The competition is open to alumni with early-stage ventures, and winners receive an invitation to the student and alumni New Venture Competition Finale held in April.

KEY STEPS

  1. APPLY. Applications open October 16, 2017 and close January 29, 2018. Preview the 2017-2018 application here.
  2. CONNECT. Apply to one of 14 global regions and participate in local programming, mentorship and early-stage feedback opportunities. *Club activities vary by region.
  3. COMMIT. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm ET January 29, 2018. A pitch deck is required.
  4. REGIONAL COMPETITIONS. Each region will shortlist applicants to pitch their plans at their local competition—an opportunity to gain invaluable feedback, exposure, and experience.  The regional winners will move forward to the global semi-finals round and are required to submit a 90-second video.
  5. GLOBAL SEMI-FINALS ROUND. Regional winners will be invited back to campus to pitch live in front of a group of investors and founders from around the globe. Four global finalists will be chosen to compete in the NVC Finale the following day.
  6. ATTEND THE FINALE. Global semi-finalists present to a panel of judges on April 18th, 2018 as well as pitch at the live finale event where a winner and runner-up will be selected.  All regional winners are invited to attend.
2017 ALUMNI GLOBAL WINNERS

 

Apli: A Mexican talent agency that delivers qualified on-demand workers in 24 hours.
Alumna: Vera Makarov, MBA 2010
Region: Latin America

 
 

Vention: A platform that allows businesses to design and order industrial equipment online.
Alumnus: Etienne Lacroix, MBA 2011
Region: Canada

 
 

Apli: A Mexican talent agency that delivers qualified on-demand workers in 24 hours.
Alumna: Vera Makarov, MBA 2010
Region: Latin America