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.
  3. COMMIT. Submit the Intent to Present form by March 8th, 2017 at 12:00pm.
  4. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & SLIDE DECK DUE to Rock by March 29th, 2017 at 12:00pm. Upload your Executive Summary (max 3 pages), and your pitch deck
  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 25th, 2017 when a winner and runner-up will be selected.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

    • 05 Oct 2016
    • Both Tracks
    • Event

    New Venture Competition Kickoff

    The HBS New Venture Competition includes two student tracks: Business Track for ventures with economic returns that drive substantial market value; and Social Enterprise Track for ventures that drive social change using nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models. Join us for our Kickoff to learn all about the exciting NVC journey and our teambuilding mixer to find teammates to build your team!               

    • 11 Oct 2016
    • Business Track
    • Event

    NVC Clinic: Building a Compelling Value Prop

    One of the most important aspects of a strong pitch is the value proposition. Come hear from Rock Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence Michael Skok as he presents his guide to building a compelling value proposition. This is a tactical session – guaranteed you will take away tips on how to improve your value proposition. Come with questions!

    • 12 Oct 2016
    • Business Track
    • Event

    NVC Legal Series: How to Efficiently Use Your Lawyer

    Working with corporate counsel is a necessity as you look to finance and grow your business and your team.  The efficient use of counsel is not always obvious, but there are a few key things you can do to create a productive relationship that won't cost you an arm and a leg.  In this presentation, local tech attorneys and entrepreneurs from Shoobx will discuss the best way to use counsel and technology to manage your legal needs the smart way.

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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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