The MBA Experience

Early-Stage Feedback

The Rock Center organizes an Early-Stage Feedback program for current students on an idea you are seriously considering developing, either in conjunction with the HBS New Venture Competition or as a new venture to be launched in the near-term. This program allows potential participants in the New Venture Competition to get feedback on their ideas in the fall, prior to undertaking a spring independent project and/or developing a more robust pitch deck and executive summary. This is a great opportunity to receive feedback on your venture idea from investors and entrepreneurs/operators in your space.

To qualify for Early-Stage Feedback, applicants need to do the following:

1. Send a pdf file consisting of a cover sheet(include name & email address of primary contact) and an overview of your venture idea to the Rock Center ( Name your pdf file with your full name and the word "feedback": For the overview of your venture idea, please address the following questions:

  • What will your venture do or make
  • What painpoints will your venture address?
  • What is your value proposition?
  • Describe your target segment and the size of your addressable market.
  • Who are your major competitors?
  • What is your venture's competitive advantage?
  • Please describe your business model.
  • Please describe current status of venture and any milestones achieved (e.g., prototype completed, customers, revenue).
  • Please briefly tell us about each team member, their role, and each team member's relevant experience.
  • 2. Fill out this poll, please.

    Please submit all application materials by Thursday, December 11 at 5pm to qualify for Early-Stage Feedback. You should expect to receive an email with feedback from an investor or entrepreneur/operator in your industry by mid-January 2014. Please note, Early-Stage Feedback investors or entrepreneurs/operators may choose to provide feedback anonymously.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Rock Center (