NVC Finale 2016 Global Winners

Selected from more than 190 competing teams around the world, we’re pleased to announce the winners for this year’s HBS alumni New Venture Competition! 

First Place ($50,000)* 
Cobli 
Parker Treacy, MBA 2012 

Second Place ($25,000)* 
EverlyWell 
Julia Cheek, MBA 2011 

*Chosen by a global panel of Alumni Angel judges

Crowd Favorite ($2,000) 
ConnectHealth, Inc. 
Peter Park, MBA 2008


2016 NVC Regional Winners

Latin America

Cobli


Fleet and Logistics Intelligence:
Big Data for fleet and logistics in South America

Parker Treacy, MBA 2012
View Company Overview
and 90-second Pitch Video
Texas

EverlyWell

Health & Wellness:Your test. Your time. Your terms. EverlyWell is a direct-to-consumer health testing company that provides innovative, at-home testing kits and completely transformed lab results.
Julia Cheek, MBA 2011  View Company Overview and 90-second Pitch Video
Africa

ConnectHealth, Inc.


Software: The nearest doctor is in your pocket


Peter Park, MBA 2008
View Company Overview
and 90-second Pitch Video
Asia-Pacific

Sinefa Pty Ltd.


Technology: It’s about time network visibility and control was made this simple


Peter Russell, AMP 160
View Company Overview
and 90-second Pitch Video
Canada

Visualping

Web Services/SaaS: More than 300,000 users and most Fortune 500 companies use us to get alerted when something changes on the web-pages of their choosing

Serge Salager, MBA 2004

View Company Overview
and 90-second Pitch Video
Europe

PensionBee


Financial Tech: Manage Your Money Online



Romina Savova, MBA 2012
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and 90-second Pitch Video
Mid-Atlantic US

TradingFront


Financial Services: We help advisors win



Patrick Cleary, MBA 2010
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and 90-second Pitch Video
Central US

Oars + Alps


E-Commerce/Men's Grooming:
Direct-to-consumer men's grooming company providing premium, natural products without the markup
Mia Saini Duchnowski, MBA 2010
View Company Overview
and 90-second Pitch Video
New England

Day Zero Diagnostics


Medical Diagnostics:
Combining genome sequencing & machine learning to modernize infectious disease diagnosis and treatment
Jong Lee, MBA 1999
View Company Overview
and 90-second Pitch Video
Northeastern US

1 Atelier LLC


Luxury Design, Manufacturing & Retail: Luxury Handbags. Custom Made. Transparently Priced. Delivered in 21 Days.

Stephanie Sarka, MBA 1990

View Company Overview
and 90-second Pitch Video
Northwestern US

Enable Biosciences Inc.


Biotechnology/Medical Diagnostics:

Empowering Earlier Disease Diagnosis via Ultrasensitive Antibody Detection for Optimal Health Outcomes
David Seftel, MBA 1992
View Company Overview
and 90-second Pitch Video
Southeast Asia + Middle East

MPM Infosoft Private Limited (Sandman)


Software: Transforming Rejections in Metal Castings into Profits by Data Analytics

Deepak Chowdhary, OPM 46 2015
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and 90-second Pitch Video
Southeastern US

Gradvisor

Financial Services/Roboadvisor: A roboadvisor that makes it easy for employers to roll out college savings as part of their benefit package, solving parental employee's #1 household financial concern
Marcos Cordero, MBA 2005
View Company Overview
and 90-second Pitch Video
Southwestern US

Tesloop


Transportation: City to City Travel in Semi-Autonomous Electric Vehicle


Rahul Sonnad, MBA 1999

View Company Overview
and 90-second Pitch Video







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Eligibility Requirements

  • The venture must have an HBS alumni as a founder or C-level employee.
  • Applicants must be a member of a local club in their designated region. The home or business address on record at HBS must also be located within the club's geographic region.
  • Ventures must have less than $2million USD in revenue. In addition, they may not have more than $1.5 million USD in total debt/invested equity capital. Teams must meet both criteria. Invested capital is defined as funding appearing on the plan's balance sheet at the time of submission to the regional NVC lead club, which is no later than February 1, 2016. Teams will disclose any prior funding received at the time of registration.
  • Investment funds and acquisitions are not deemed "new ventures."

Submission

Applications are to be submitted to an NVC lead club listed below via the online application process. Visit individual club websites for details on local entry, application deadline and registration fee amount. Need help identifying your region? Refer to the NVC region breakout.


Venture Evaluation

NVC region leads and club selection committee, Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, HBS Alumni Angels Association and HBS Alumni Clubs & Associations will evaluate entries.

The following criteria will be used to judge your venture:

  • Problem & Solution: Define the problem, need or pain-point.  What solution does your venture provide? How is your solution innovative? Technology, business model, IP etc. Describe your value proposition.
  • Target market: Identify and quantify (size & spend) your addressable market for your product and service. Highlight growth and trends.
  • Attractive business model: How do you plan to make money? Who pays you? What are your distribution channels? What is your gross margin?
    Is your business model viable with the ability to efficiently scale, making it appealing to acquirers or position it for an IPO.
  • Financing: How much money do you need and for what purpose?
  • Team Can the founder, key team members, and advisors operate and scale a successful business.  Highlight industry knowledge, skill-set, leadership, relationships, key successes & failures.

Please refer to the NVC "Pitch Deck" template, to be used for the final pitch event at the Regional Finals Competition.

Regional Finals Competition

Each team will give a 10-15 minute presentation to a panel of judges. The panel will also have 10-15 minutes for Q&A and feedback. Revised pitch decks are allowed for presentations, but time will be strictly enforced.

THE 2015 Regional Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2015
$25,000 CATEGORY WINNERS!


Greatest Impact Eve & Tribe of the Africa Region
Most Innovative: BollyX Fitness of the Northeastern US Region
Best Investment (chosen by global judges): StreetShares of the Mid-Atlantic US Region

2015 NVC Regional Winners

Northeastern US

BollyX Fitness


Fitness: The Bollywood workout
Minal Mehta, MBA 2011


View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

Africa

Eve & Tribe


Retail: Revolutionizing fashion retail in Africa
Ori Gbadebo-Smith, MBA 2013
Simone Bartlett, MBA 2013

View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

Central US

HubTran


Transportation: Get your back office moving
Matt Bernstein, MBA 1993


View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

New England

LuminOva


Medical Technology: Turning the dream of parenthood into a reality
Alexandra Dickson, MBA 2013


View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

Southeastern US

P2P Cash


Financial Services: Saving millions of immigrants billions in money transfer fees
Tom Meredith, MBA 1985


View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

South Asia

Talerang


Education: A social business solving the work-readiness crisis that students and organizations face through an innovative model developed at HBS
Shveta Raina, MBA 2013
View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

Northwestern US

Empower Generation


Renewable Energy:
Empowering women to power the world
Lionel Bony, MBA 2006
Deborah Kim, MBA 2006

View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

Mid-Atlantic US

StreetShares


Financial Technology: "Shark Tank" meets Ebay for small business
Mickey Konson, MBA 2002


View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

Latin America

Fast ReHydration Limited


Biotechnology: Faster rehydration, faster relief
Gustavo Souss, MBA 2008


View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

Europe

Intendu


Digital Health: Brain rehabilitation, for everyone who needs it, everywhere
Son Preminger, MBA 1999


View Team Executive summary and
90-Second Elevator Pitch Video

Canada

Maerospace

Big Data Predictive Analytics: 10X better ship tracking and predictive analytics helps customers make money, save lives, guard borders, and protect the environment
Eric Meger, MBA 1984
View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

Asia-Pacific

Raywon Nano-Science Inc.


Nano Materials: The 3M in nano-material field
Mike Liu, MBA 2014


View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

Texas

SureSpot


Parking: Your personal parking assistant
Omri Shafran, OPM 43



View team executive summary and
90-second elevator pitch video

Resources

PITCHING TO VENTURE CAPITALISTS? LEARN FROM AN EXPERT
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Ray Rothrock (MBA 1988), Partner Emeritus at Venrock

Are you pitching-or getting ready to pitch-a new business idea? Sounds easy, but it is complicated and tricky. Join Ray Rothrock (MBA 1988), Partner Emeritus at Venrock, as he shares lessons from his more than 25 years of experience in the venture capital business in Silicon Valley. Ray will share insights from his experiences with-both giving and hearing-over 10,000 investment presentations. During this webinar you will learn:

  • An insider's perspective on why some approaches work and some do not,
  • How to avoid the classic mistakes, and
  • The essential components of a killer close.

DESIGN THINKING AND INNOVATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Srikant M. Datar, Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting

In their book, Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads, Professors Srikant Datar and David Garvin and researcher Patrick Cullen identified creative and innovative thinking as an essential skill for managers operating in a world of rapidly evolving product and business models and ever-increasing complexity. In this talk, Professor Datar will describe how managers can develop design thinking and innovative problem-solving skills. These skills include the ability to gain deep insights about users (the core of design thinking); to define and reframe problems; and to overcome fixedness in thinking to generate, develop, and implement novel and effective solutions. Professor Datar will also discuss how managers can build innovative organizations, identify innovative individuals, form innovative teams, and nurture innovative cultures. 

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KEY DATES


April 1-15, 2016:
Online Voting takes place

Judging for 1st & 2nd grand prize winners

April 26, 2016:
4 semi-finalists will be chosen to pitch

Global Winners announced

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