Non-HBS students should send an email to email@example.com with the following information: name, email, BRIEF description of idea, status, skills (note: your entry may be edited for length). Once the email is received, your information will be posted below.
NOTE: We do not permit entries where outsiders are using HBS students primarily as a vehicle to participate in the Competition. To this end, when HBS students are participating with "outsiders," the HBS student(s) needs to be a substantive member of the founding team, and must be committed to pursuing the venture and participating in the equity pool in a manner consistent with their contribution, role and position.
Name: John R. Lewandowski
Idea: Our RAM (Rapid Assessment of Malaria) device is designed to pair a reusable mechanical device with an easily scaled consumable and provide a handheld diagnosis in one minute with just one drop of blood from a fingertip for a single use cost of just $0.20, saving millions of live and dollars. We have won several competitions but are looking for an MBA-level student with social/global/international experience or knowledge that will help us tighten up the business plan and ultimately garner necessary financing. We are offering a potential chief officer position for someone with extraordinary skills in either financials, sales, marketing, or distribution.
Status: Field trials and financing.
Skills: I am a M.S. student at Case Western Reserve University and have heavy experience with product design and development, entrepreneurial finance, grant writing, business strategy, and market analysis. I also am a great presenter.
Name: Vincent Porta
Idea: We will be selling organic and fair-trade certified sports drinks with a business model that emphasizes a low CO2 footprint.
Status: Formula has been developed. Branding and design will commence mid-March. Certification process is underway. The next major milestone is to obtain financing. Completing the business plan and seeking a team member with skills in the areas of marketing and finance. The member must be passionate about active living, eating organic and spreading the sustainability and social justice message to consumers.
Skills: Completed a BS from Rutgers University. I was a team member of the Rutgers Men's Soccer team and played semi-professional soccer for two seasons in NJ. Former realtor; worked while studying in college.
Name: Muhammad Ali
Idea: My idea is to Convert the Waste Cooking Oil into Bio-Diesel for Auto-mobiles.
Status: We are currently in a product development stage. Product In lab scale is being tested and now we are moving towards our first Pilot scale Unit. The next step will be to scale up the unit. to commercial level.
Skills: I am a MS Process Engineering student from PIEAS, Islamabad. I am the CEO and Founder of Eco-Fuelants and we have preciously won 3 international entrepreneurial competitions starting from GIST TECH I to TiE International Business Plan Competition and now GSVC. I am also the Co-Founder of Ecofy.
Name: James Takyi
Idea: I am developing a social media networking site that aims to connect, inspire, and empower Video Producers, Graphic Artists, Writers and other creative minds around the world using one meeting place where users can capitalize on their creativity.
Skills: I hold a BS in Information technology with a focus in web development from Western New England University and an Associates of Science in Micro Computers from Springfield Technical Community College. While in college I started a small computer repair business called TachiTech and was a 2011 Harold Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Award winner. I am obsessed with making 2ndAv a useful, meaningful platform for artists to express themselves, promote their work and gain some revenue and I will be honored to have talented team mates who share the same passion help make this a success.
Name: Craig Dwyer
Idea: I am developing an iOS mobile app that increases revenue for golf courses.
Status: We have our first courses contracted for the 2013 golf season and are now looking for a team member who 1) can write programs in objective-C 2) has a knowledge of back ends 3) is a golfer/golf enthusiast. The user interface is fully designed, back end partially designed. If you like golf (or just warm, tropical places), we're building your dream career.
Skills: I hold a BA from Bucknell Univerisity. I co-founded a solar company back in 2008 that I just recently sold in August 2012. Now I work in smart grid development, but I'm a very passionate golfer with a thorough knowledge of the industry from 20 years of playing, and all of the market research we've conducted to date.
Name: Kirthi Raman
Idea: An Intelligent application that acts as a personal assistant.
Status: I have a provisional patent that is expiring April 15 2013, and I need to apply for non-provisional patent soon. While that is happening, I am working on web-based implementation now. The next step is to have an Android and iPhone app version ready. Then seek out venture money.
Skills: I have a pragmatic background in Mathematics and Computer Science from IIT Delhi, and MS Computer Science from University of Maryland. I have over 20 years of experience and like to stay hands on with more and more interesting technologies that we have to explore today. I am currently seeking at least 2 to 3 members to join with equal equity as me. There is a cost involved for non-provisional patent and the team members have to contribute equally. (Non-provisional cost is not high, but in order to lock equity team members are expected to contribute).
Name: Engr. Muhammad Awais
Idea: I am converting waste cooking oil into Bio-Diesel.
Status: I have prepared a detailed business plan. I am the finalist of GIST, Tie GSVC and many other entrepreneurial. I want to scale up my product to produce bio-diesel commercially.
Skills: I am graduate student of Process Engineering at PIEAS, Pakistan. I have also enrolled my self in Mini-Mba from Swiss E-Learning Institute.I am currently seeking a team of two or three members to work with us on product research & monetization strategies.I am CEO of Eco-Foods and serving as Chief Marketing officer for Skymax International (Sweden) as well.
Name: Paresh Joshi
Idea: The idea is to use internet to connect musicians, offer eLearning platform for music, and conserve music. We have a team of business students and technology students working on this idea.
Status: We are currently working on the business plan and are at the initial stage of defining the product.
Skills: I am MBA student at University of California, Irvine. We are currently seeking a teammate to work with us on product research & monetization strategies.
Name: Rohit Jaiswal
Idea: In India 30% accident victims die because of delay in ambulance facilities. Only 10% of total medical emergencies are served by ambulances. Many ambulances act as hearse carrying dead bodies rather than saving lives; there is a strong need of good emergency medical response system in India. We aim to provide on time, reliable, affordable, efficient emergency medical service (ambulance) regardless of patient's ability to pay. We aim to transfer patients within first 12 minutes of emergency to nearest medical facility, this way we save hundreds of lives each day. More information on: http://dellchallenge.org/projects/first-responders.
Status: We did a pilot with 1 ambulance, 3 staff and 1500 $ given by local foundation for 4 weeks. Our model is self-sustainable. Basic ambulance fees is 6 $ and advanced ambulance is 14 $. We have different customer profiles based upon ability to pay (1) Full charge to patient going by choice to private hospital (2) Subsidized charge to Below Poverty Line patient going to municipal hospital (3) Free service to accident victims, unaccompanied, unconscious individuals & victims of mass casualty incidents.
Skills: I am a student of Architecture, from School of Planning and Architecture, India. I am jack of all trades, you will enjoy working together.
Name: Dilara Sayeed
Idea: When educators effectively collaborate, all our students win! TheGlobalTeacher.org partners educators locally, nationally, or globally for long-term authentic dialogue and learning on pedagogy, curriculum, and cultural competency. We believe that an easy to use web-based platform will motivate teachers and school leaders to seek knowledge from peers, take ownership of their differentiated professional development and will build capacity.
Skills: We are seeking a teammate with a desire to be part of a start-up that will create social impact and generate revenue. We need someone with interstate or international business acumen...or the ability to acquire it.
Name: Roop Chand Hindu
Idea: Our first product is the Neolexic Phonic Tutor Software for Visual Dyslexic Children designed for dyslexic, non-dyslexic children and others. The Phonic Tutor Software helps visually impaired Dyslexia student and young children to learn to read, spell and write in Malay language (Bahasa Melayu). Neolexic is packaged in '3 in 1 Malay Language Therapy' for dyslexic children which includes phonic tutor software in CD together with a textbook and nine Modules. The Intellectual Property for this technology is copyrighted and own by Univeristy Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Status: DYSOFT GLOBAL SDN BHD is a private limited company registered on 12-12-2012.
Skills: Business Plan Development, Leadership, Project Management. I am a graduate student of Putra Business School (University Putra Malaysia) MBA corporate governance.
Name: Amina Shafiq
Idea: My plan is to start a low priced, up-to-date clothing brand which would specially focus on students (Fashionistas). I look forward to start it with exhibitions at universities, so students could find affordable, in style clothes without wasting their study-time.
Skills: I'm an undergraduate student of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) at New York Institute of Technology, Abu Dhabi.
Name: Mercedes G. Owolabi
Idea: Traversr is an innovative consumer and business travel search, As a search yielding a seamless, yet customized travel experience, Traversr attracts customers seeking ideal scenarios based on their lifestyles and key travel needs.
Status: Concept/ early stage venture - currently in the Butler Center Venture Accelerator at Babson College.
Skills: Primary and Secondary Research, concept generation, analysis, trend forecasting, visionary, big-picture thinker, highly creative, report writing, presentation creation, editing, piloting initiatives, negotiations, relationship building, interdisciplinary communications.
Name: Zuhairah Scott Washington
Idea: We are a disruptive relationship startup that makes it easier for busy couples to discover and book awesome date night experiences. Couples spend over $20B+/a MONTH on date nights. Yet finding new date ideas and booking date activities remains a time consuming chore for most. We curate the best date experiences in each city and provide customers with a seamless, one stop, booking experience that is customized and curated to their tastes and interest.
Status: We have a ancillary product in the market with great traction and have secured a pre-seed investment from a VC firm. We are a finalist for one of the top accelerators in the world and are looking to round out our founding team. The current CEO is a HBS grad with over a decade of product management and business development experience and VC contacts in both Silicon Alley and Silicon Valley.
Skills: Looking for an experienced full stack engineer and/or UI/UX designer with mobile experience who desires to be a part of the founding team of an early stage company disrupting a multi-billion dollar industry.
Name: Jag Gill
Idea: I am building a for-profit venture with major social and financial impact for rural craft-rich communities in India using sophisticated technology and innovation applications.
Status: I am seeking team-mates and expertise in e-commerce, marketing and branding, and strategy and product development within luxury, fashion, accessories and home-ware segments. India domain experience would be preferred also.
Skills: I am an MIT Sloan Grad student (Sloan Fellow MBA Class 2013) with a decade's professional experience in financial services globally.
Name: Tim Zubak
Idea: Tap into the rapidly growing U.S. market for locally grown, farmers-market style pickles. I believe that the pickle trend that we are seeing now is here to stay; interestingly enough it closely resembles the micro-brewery market that started to explode in the mid-late 90s. I am looking for serious Harvard MBA students who are as crazy about pickles as I am to make this idea a reality.
Status: I make pickles out of my kitchen as a hobby - they have been distributed to friends and in restaurants as far away as Charleston, SC. I am looking for a business partner to push me to expand on my ideas and bring something to the Boston area that has never been conceived before. We will be the first to the market.
Skills: MBA Graduate 2011, obsessed with pickles.
Name: Brendan Ryan
Idea: To represent my new startup company The Middlesex Company with the idea of hiring Harvard Business School students who would like to compete in the New Venture Competition with a focus on ideas like "company scalability" and "growing a business".
Status: CEO of The Brendan Ryan Company, Houston, Texas; CEO of The Middlesex Company, Houston, Texas/Missouri; CEO of a motion picture company, Houston, Texas/Las Vegas, Nevada; student at Ivy League University.
Skills: Founding A Business; Three Years of Collegiatly Held Business Plan Competition Experience; Writer; Filmmaker.
Name: Kirkland Alexander Lynch (Hanep)
Idea: Hanep (Tagalog for "something amazing") is an internet media company committed to bringing focus on independent musicians and their fans. Currently, the market lacks a centralized place where casual listeners and aficionados can discover up and coming artists based on their personal tastes. Further, independent artists rarely have the means to reach a wide audience. Hanep will connect fans to "the next big thing" by tailoring independent music streams for every individual's desires.
Status: We are looking for someone with internet/computer science experience as this is an area in which we're lacking expertise. Ideally we would like to find someone who can actually build and manage our website.
Skills: Please see our profiles on LinkedIn: Kirkland Alexander Lynch (Harvard Law School), Amit Cheela (ESL Investments), Tony Kauffman (Philadelphia International Records)
Name: To Lanrewaju
Idea: Capital One Innovation Grant Winners from Princeton University seeking partner to work on 100k startup! tYger eYe offers an education software suite that includes an integrated, multi-featured web portal for virtual tutoring, a unique goal tracking system that notifies family and friends of progress towards achieving S.M.A.R.T. goals, and an agenda program that keeps students organized with homework assignments by sending automated and targeted texts/e-mails/reminders. The business model for tYger eYe includes franchising, subscriptions, selling products, and providing services.
Status: We are currently bootstrapping with tutoring services that have paid for the early development work completed by freelance designers for tYger eYe's web software suite. We are a team of two co-founders (currently working with 8 employees) and willing to take on highly qualified, committed co-founders. We are seeking a business-minded MBA who can create and execute a business strategy plan after we launch our beta website. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. We would love to hear from you.
Skills: Laser-sharp focus on results, belief in the idea, talent, drive and commitment. We work night and day to make our idea work.
Name: Massimo Fiorella
Idea: In a sentence we could say that "Kiwi is a sort of local digital board enabling people to share profiles and messages with others nearby: a way to simplify interaction between unknown people in the same place or event". "It consists in a free smartphone app that simplifies interaction among unknown people in real life: it provides information about who is nearby and gives a set of tools to start conversations and your social networks". Our keywords are people, local, social and our motto is "People nearby can be the answer". People need information! Neither Google nor Facebook give real-time information about the unknown person few meters near you. Kiwi is the tool that provide those missing information.
Status: We are ready to launch our application in Italy. Please check our web site: www.kiwilocal.net. The first goal of Kiwi is to reach a critical mass of users in order to activate network effects and start to grow virally. Any kind of revenue stream should not decrease the functionality of the app by annoying users with undesired advertisement banners.
Skills: Please see my profile on Linkedin: Massimo Fiorella. For everything you need, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Helen Adeosun
Idea: SitterCycle strives to be the ultimate standard of quality and informed caregiving. We are entering the social venture track as a company that will provide hundreds of videos and content aimed at teaching parents and caregivers skills and ideas to help them care for the children they love. More importantly we are a certifying body and offer offline and online classes in childcare.
Status: We need a business consultant to help us think strategically as well as a developer to help us create simple and effective search mechanisms for our site and mobile app.
Skills: We are currently building content with our content partners, have several childcare companies interested, have interns coming on board to better our videos, have content researchers, and a professional nanny.
Name: Michael Quartey
Idea: Launch a new stock exchange. In an era where we can trade stocks on margin from anywhere in the world with just an Internet connection, where 24hr news channels can wittingly or unwittingly contribute to market manipulation and where the big players use sophisticated automated trading software for high frequency trades, is it any wonder that the markets resemble nothing more than a casino? I believe that the 21st century stock market is fundamentally flawed and is in need of major surgery if it is to serve the needs of main street rather than Wall Street.
Status: Currently looking to pull together a team of talented individuals. Initial work would focus on a a feasibility study before progressing on to a full business plan if the business case for the idea is a good one.
Skills: Business Plan Development, Leadership, Project Management, System Design. I am a graduate of University College London (1997 BSc Hons Statistics & Economics).
Name: Amol Parikh
Idea: Want to make customizable watches available to customers. Planning to come up with a website (it should show all kinds of watches available at a store) where a customer can see different watches and can choose the dial, strap and body of his choice. Thus, he will have a watch of his own liking. Once when a customer orders such a piece, the manufacturer will make such a watch and ship it from inventory.
Status: I need software developers who can come up with an application showing all the watches in a store. Once the application is ready we will approach the stores and ask them to use it to show to customers all the watches at the store. Also, once lot of stores take interest we can ask venture capitalists for money and open a website, do online marketing and make it available to public and come up with our own company. Just like amazon.com we can have our own company just for ordering customizable watches online. I also need people who can help us market our application to the public.
Skills: I am dedicated and hard working to make my idea succeed.