The Business Track of the New Venture Competition provides a unique opportunity for students to put entrepreneurship principles into practice with an integrative learning experience. Whether you are a winner of prizes, go on to implement your proposed new venture idea, or simply take advantage of the learning and apply it later in your career, we guarantee the Competition will be an exciting, challenging, and rewarding experience. We look forward to understanding more about your idea, hearing your pitch, and providing you with some valuable feedback along the way.


Key Steps

  1. Receive Early-Stage Feedback. Get a head start and get feedback on your venture idea.
  2. Register. Submit a Registration Poll to enter in the competition (poll will open in January).
  3. COMMIT. Submit the Intent to Present form by March 9th, 2016 at 12:00pm.
  4. DELIVER YOUR EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & SLIDE DECK to Rock 107 by March 30th, 2016 at 12:00pm. 8 copies of your Executive Summary(max 3 pages), and 1 copy of your pitch deck. Don’t forget your cover sheet!
  5. Pitch your plan. Seize the unique opportunity to gain invaluable feedback, exposure, and experience while having fun. All teams have the chance to present on Super Saturday. Ten semi-finalists will be chosen to compete in the next round.
  6. Attend the finale. Finalists present to a panel of judges on April 26th, 2016when a winner and runner-up will be selected.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

    • 11 Dec 2015
    • Business Track
    • Deadline

    Early-Stage Feedback

    The Rock Center Early-Stage Feedback program is a unique opportunity for current Harvard MBAs working on a new venture to receive thoughtful, early feedback, on a new business idea. Students will be matched with an accomplished funder, founder, or industry expert with relevant experience, who will provide written feedback on your start-up idea!
  • Feb03
    • 03 Feb 2016
    • Business Track
    • Deadline

    Business Track Early Registration

    Register early for the NVC Business Track and be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement for approved expenses from our Experimentation Fund.
  • Mar09
    • 09 Mar 2016
    • Business Track
    • Deadline

    Business Track Intent to Present

    Submit the Intent to Present Poll and be fully committed to competing on Super Saturday. This is a binding contract, and once you have committed, you can no longer withdraw from the competition.

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

How significant of a role does an HBS student have to play in the company?

The HBS student must be a part of the founding team and a significant equity holder, if equity has been distributed.

Are there fast track opportunities?

Yes, if you participate in the New Venture Competition you’ll have access to a number of fast track opportunities including, Mass Challenge, the Business Model Competition, and

If I compete/am a winner in the New Venture Competition, can I also participate in other Rock Programs and Harvard Competitions?

Yes, as long as you are not a winner or runner up in the New Venture Competition. If you are a grand prize or runner-up winner, you may not submit the same idea for a Rock Summer Fellowship or for the Rock Accelerator award. You may compete in other Harvard Competitions.

What types of expenses are eligible through the Rock Center Experimentation Fund?
Stay tuned! More information to come soon.
Are there limitations on the amount of seed capital raised or revenue generated?

Yes, there is a $1,500,000 limit in capital raised and a $2,000,000 limit in revenue.

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