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.

Apply today here!


Key Steps

  1. Receive Early-Stage Feedback. Get a head start and get feedback on your venture idea.
  2. Register. Early Registration closes on Feb. 1st.  You can still register after Feb. 1st but will not be eligible for expense reimbursement fund.  Submit a Registration Poll to enter in the competition. Final deck is not required until March 29th.
  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 12:00 pm. Upload your final pitch deck via your prior Registration Poll.
  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

    • 04 Oct 2017
    • Both Tracks
    • Event

    NVC Kick-Off

    Join us at the NVC Kick-Off to learn more about the NVC entrepreneurial journey, hear student pitches, and network and socialize with entrepreneurs from across Harvard. Register to attend the kick-off and sign up (by September 29) to pitch.

  • Jan31
    • 31 Jan 2018
    • Both Tracks
    • Deadline

    Early Registration Deadline

    Entry form due to be eligible for expense reimbursement

  • Feb21
    • 21 Feb 2018
    • Both Tracks
    • Deadline

    Final Entry Deadline

    Social Enterprise Track - executive summaries due

Full Calendar


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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