Call For Start-Ups: New Venture Competition Heats Up With Opportunity to Win Over $80,000 in Cash and Prizes

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We anticipate a stellar group of start up teams this year with a wide range of entrepreneurial activity

The Harvard Business School Association of Boston’s (HBSAB) New Venture Competition (NVC) competition continues to attract an impressive array of entrants who will vie for cash prizes and possible entry into the Global Harvard Business School New Venture Competition. Entering into the HBSAB’s competition allows start-up teams to gain valuable visibility and make connections they will need to succeed in their new venture. The deadline for team submissions is January 29, 2016.

Now in its seventh year, the HBSAB New Venture Competition is slated to attract over 25 teams comprised of a diverse array of different sectors including; medtech, software, clean energy, B2B products & services, health care, life sciences and education. “We have expanded our NVC series to include a mentoring program as well as a stellar judging panel. We anticipate a robust group of start up teams this year with a wide range of entrepreneurial activity,” said NVC Chair, Chris Hobson.

Benefits & Prizes:

  •     $10,000 cash prize for New England Winner
  •     $5,000 in in-kind services from Nixon Peabody LLP for the New England winner
  •     $2,500 cash prize for the Best B2B Startup among the 8 Semi-Finalists, provided by Tri-Net HR Services
  •     $2,500 cash prize for the Best B2C Startup among the 8 Semi-Finalists, provided by Kurgo Products & Patchology
  •     An invitation to the Rock 100 Summit for the New England winner
  •     Mentoring Night and Practice Pitch Event – hone your pitch with experts
  •     Entry to the Global HBS competition and a chance to win $25k or $50k prizes
  •     Detailed business plan feedback from qualified judges
  •     Mentoring and help from HBS Alumni

More than half of HBS alumni classify themselves as entrepreneurs and innovators. The rules to take part in the NVC are simple: a member of the core team must be an HBS alum; revenues must be $2 million or less; and current funding raised must be $1 million or less. The winner is automatically entered into the Global Harvard Business School New Venture Competition. To submit your team for NVC visit: NVC Application Submission.

On the evening of January 20, 2016, HBSAB will host its latest event in the New Venture Series, “She Got Game.” The event is slated to bring over 150 attendees at Harvard Business School. "She Got Game" will feature leading women CEOs who will discuss how the start-up landscape is changing for women and the reasons women entrepreneurs continue to lag behind their male counterparts when it comes to raising capital and building large, successful companies. The event will be held at Harvard Business School. For more information on this event please visit: HBSAB Events.

About Harvard Business School Association of Boston                                                                                
The Harvard Business School Association of Boston (HBSAB) is a membership, non-profit organization that promotes learning, professional networking, business growth, and fosters goodwill and community service. HBSAB strives to create an inclusive environment based on integrity and excellence that advances Harvard Business School’s goal to develop leaders who make a difference in the world. For more information visit: http://www.hbsab.org.

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