On Tuesday, April 24, the 2012 Business Plan Contest Finals were held. Read about this year's Contest in the HBS Press Release and in Inc. Magazine. We are pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of the Contest:
The winner of the Business Venture Track was: Vaxess Technologies (team members: Michael Schrader, HBS; Anura Patil, HBS; Livio Valenti; Patrick Ho; Kathryn Kosuda; Isa Watson; Matthew Olsofsky), and the runners-up were RallyPoint (team members: Aaron Kletzing, HBS; Yinon Weiss), SaferTaxi (team member: Jonathan Lo, HBS) and Zumper (team member: Anthemos Georgiades, HBS).
The winner of the Social Venture Track was eTransitions (team members: Lissy Hu; Jessica Hohman; Kira Yugay; Jonathan Helm) and the runner-up was XinfuGo (team members: Ying Chen, HBS; Yixin La, HBS; Qiwei (Gary) Shi, HBS).
On Tuesday, April 26, the 2011 Business Plan Contest Finals were held. We are pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of the Contest:
The co-winners of the Business Venture Track were: Baby.com.br (team members: Kimball Thomas, HBS; Davis Smith) and BOSS Medical (team members: Romish Badani, HBS; Derek Poppinga, HBS; Haim Gottfried; Maxim Budyansky; Neil Shah; Peter Truskey; Shoval Dekel), and the runners-up were MyTeksi (team members: Anthony Tan, HBS; Hooi Ling Tan, HBS; Adeline Chan, HBS), Qweek (team members: Roman Itskovich, HBS; Anita Venkiteswaran, HBS; Alexander Ginzburg; Daniel Rubinstein) and Ubiquitous Energy (team members: Bart Howe, HBS; Miles Barr; Erdin Beshimov; Jutta Friedrichs; Nathan Trujillo).
The winner of the Social Venture Track was SANA Care (team members: Sidhant Jena. HBS; Anshuman Sharma; Ikaro Silva) and the runner-up was The Watt Campaign (team members: Luke Winston, HBS; Stephen Elliott, HBS; Rony Kubat).
On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 the HBS Business Plan Contest Finals were held. The winner of the Business Venture Track was: OSCOMP Systems (team members: Shantanu Agarwal, HBS; Pedro Tomas Santos, MIT; Emmanuel Magani, MIT) and the runners-up were Birchbox (team members: Hayley Barna, HBS; Katia Ververis, HBS), Palliative Care of America (team members: David Matly, HBS; Michael Matly) and RelayRides (team members: Shelby Clark, HBS; Nabeel Al-Kady, HBS; Dave Brook; David Schairer; Rob Guinn; Boris Mordkovich).
The winner of the Social Venture Track was Urban Water Partners (team members: Porter Jones, HBS; Aaron Matto, HBS; Ajay Kori, HBS; Jason Young; Justin Iwasaki) and the runner-up was Ecosquid (team members: Nikhil Raman, HBS; Saurabh Dey, HBS; Kevin O'Boyle, HBS).
On Monday, April 27, 2009 Harvard Business School held the Business Plan Contest Finals. The winner of the Traditional Track was: CloudFlare (team members: Michelle Zatlyn, HBS; Matt Prince, HBS) and the runners-up were Novophage Therapeutics (team members: Ann DeWitt, HBS; Michael Koeris, BU; Tanguy Chau, MIT; Tim Lu, MIT), Vox Insurance (team members: Michael Newton, HBS; Jon Altman, HBS) and YouTea! (team members: Alex Herzlinger, HBS; Tina Wu, HBS; Nimmi Roche, HBS; Ashkan Kamali, MIT).
The winner of the Social Enterprise Track was EGG-Tech (team members: Emmanuel Cassimatis, HBS; Alla Jezmir, HBS; Benjamin Lambert, HBS; Jukka Valimaki, MIT; Blandine Antoine, MIT; Jamie Yang) and the runner-up was Doodh Bhandar (team members: Siddarth Tata, HBS; Shalaka Joshi).
On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 Harvard Business School held the Business Plan Contest Finals. The winner of the Traditional Track was: EyeViewDigital.com (team members: Tal Riesenfeld, HBS; Yaniv Fain, MIT; Oren Harnevo, EyeView; Yaniv Nitzan, EyeView; Gal Barnea, EyeView) and the runners-up were Good Start Genetics (team member: Paris Wallace, HBS), MyHappyPlanet.com (team members: Karen Ong, HBS; Steve Davis, HBS; Ethan Laub, HBS; Todd Pinkerton, MyHappyPlanet.com; Francois Gagnon, MyHappyPlanet.com), Physica Solutions (team members: Carlos Jaramillo, HBS; Jeremy Friese, HBS) and Supply Solutions (team members: Kevin Sousa, HBS; Jun Wang, HBS).
The winner of the Social Enterprise Track was Diagnostics For All (team members: Hayat Sindi, Harvard; Roozbeh Ghaffari, MIT; Carol Waghorne, Partners; Kyra Bobinet, HSPH, Jon Puz, HBS; Gilbert Tang, HBS; Krishna Yeshwant, HBS) and the runner-up was Ghonsla (team members: Emmanuel Arnaud, Ghonsla; Zehra Ali, Ghonsla; Monica Hau Le, Ghonsla; Mubarik Imam, Ghonsla).
On Monday, April 23, 2007 the Harvard Business School held the Business Plan Contest Finals, where presentations were made and the winners chosen. The winner of the Traditional Track was Judicial Intelligence (team members: Sandra Nudelman, HBS; Michele Nudelman, Washington University at St. Louis School of Law) and the runners-up were C3 BioEnergy (team members: Tracy Mathews, HBS; Curt Fischer, MIT; Andrew Peterson, MIT), Clear Suppliers (team members: Alex Zhang, HBS; Paul Morgenthaler, HBS) and Katherine Kwei (team members: Elenor Mak, HBS; Ying Soong, HBS).
The winner of the Social Enterprise Track was Unite for Health! (team members: Onil Bhattacharyya, HSPH; Lingling Zhang, HSPH; Anna Chodos, HSPH) and the runner-up was Charitable Donations Group (team members: Matt Scherrer, HBS; Paris Wallace, HBS).
On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 Harvard Business School held the Business Plan Contest Finals. The winner of the Traditional Track was 8baorice and the runners-up were Acillix, Elective Medical Lending, Hepa Wash and ONTV.
The winners of the Social Enterprise Track were Yashmere ('Concept' phase) and Mountains for Miracles ('Pilot' phase) and the runner-up was SoukTel ('Concept' phase).
On Monday, May 2, 2005 Harvard Business School held the Business Plan Contest Finals. The winner of the Traditional Track was Uplift and the runners-up were HeroesNow, Owl, Sikara & Co., and Travelguru.com. The winner of the Social Enterprise Track was India Info Village and the runner-up was Liberty Health - the SmartBroker.
On Monday, April 26, 2004 the Harvard Business School held the Contest Finals, where presentations were made and the winners chosen. The winner of the Social Enterprise Track was SunEdison and the runner-up was Poli-Clinicus. The winner of the Traditional Track was Extend Fertility and the runners-up were Fortify Systems, Lean Forward Media and Sapphire.
Many people are aware of HBS entrepreneurial successes such as Tom Stemberg (HBS '73) of Staples and Michael Bloomberg (HBS '66). The following represent a sampling of the past participants of the contest who executed their business plans upon graduation.
Description: @hoc enables e-business to significantly strengthen the critical relationship between the business and its customers. @hoc's Persistent Communications™ technology creates a continuous Channel of communication between a company and its customers.
Description: Bluesolid (now Appear Networks) has created a software company focusing on WLAN and Bluetooth networks (the so-called WLAN hotspots). The company has gained 15 large corporate customers during its first year of activity, and garnered numerous awards since the HBS Business Plan Contest.
Description: CloudFlare enables websites to intelligently protect themselves from online attacks and to help clean up malicious botnets while receiving faster, more reliable and more robust network services.
Chih T. Cheung
Description: Experience is the leading developer and publisher of content, application software, and web-based solutions for the exploding online college recruiting market. Launched on January 1, 2000, Experience is the result of a strategic merger between two companies with extensive backgrounds in this industry: Crimson Solutions, Inc. and Ivy Productions, Inc.
Description: Finale is a full service, upscale dinning restaurant concept serving desserts and beverages (coffee, tea, wine and spirits). The business also includes a retail store featuring take-out desserts and signature ingredients. It closed its first round of financing for $750,000 opening a prototype location last July 1998 in Boston's theater district and receiving great press reviews in: Newsweek Magazine, Robb Report Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix, & Boston Magazine, Food Network TV show entitled, "The Best of Dessert", and Phantom Gourmet TV show & Radio show.
Description: Good Start Genetics is developing a low-cost, sequencing based, pre-pregnancy test for multiple genetic disorders that will replace one-disorder-only tests currently on the market.
Juan Pablo del Valle
Gerardo Ruiz Maza
Description: Modulo is an enterprise developed to address the severe housing shortage in Mexico. Using an easy-to-use modular architecture, the organization's mission is "building houses for the poor". Modulo started operations in Mexico City on July 2, 2001. Flexibility, patience, and tolerance have been the key to their startup success. To date, the team has had two major accomplishments. They have built a model home in a parking lot and two houses in a small county called Rayon. The parking lot owner is the most important federal housing institution in the country, and it is the first time that they have allowed a developer to build a house in their backyard. The two houses in Rayon are the model homes for a 100-house development that started in January 2002.
Description: New Leaders for New Schools is a national, non-profit organization devoted to improving education for all children by attracting and preparing the next generation of outstanding leaders for urban public schools. NLNS aggressively recruits extremely talented people to become urban school principals. The organization provides rigorous, hands-on training (including coursework and a year-long internship with an exceptional mentor principal), helps place our graduates in urban public schools, and provides them with ongoing support, networking, and a community of peers after graduation. Our organization is devoted to making possible the American dream for every child. New Leaders for New Schools is dedicated to leaders with dreams of creating and leading schools that can prepare all of our students for the 21st century.
Description: RelayRides is the world's first person-to-person carsharing service.
Description: Rent the Runway rents in-style, in-season designer clothing at a fraction of retails price (i.e. $50 for a $500 dress) delivering fashionistas and fashionista want-to-bes a quick-fix of designer fashion.
Description: Take the Interview is an automated web-based video interviewing SaaS platform for employers and job seekers. The Company adds an informative step into the hiring process between the resume review and the in-person interview.
Description: ThreadUP - a refresh button for your closet. ThredUP is the easy and inexpensive way to refresh your closet by exchanging great clothes you don't wear anymore for great new clothes you probably will.
Description: (founded as Chemdex Corporation)
Chemdex Corporation is the leading provider of electronic commerce solutions in the laboratory supply market, uniting buyers and suppliers in a single Web marketplace. With contracts to offer more than 400,000 products from over 160 leading suppliers, Chemdex provides the single product source for scientists and purchasing agents. In addition, the company's custom procurement solutions support purchase order approval and contract pricing for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities and government research labs. Chemdex actively promotes and contributes to the development of e-commerce standards such as OBI, XML and XML/EDI to enable efficient purchasing solutions for all customer and supplier segments.