The Social Enterprise Track provides an opportunity for eligible graduate students across Harvard University to explore social entrepreneurship and test ideas for social innovation in a rigorous and supportive environment. Social Enterprise Track entries may include nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid model business plans.

 

How to Register

 
  1. Review Information for Participating Teams. Review eligibility requirements and download the Details for Participating Teams document (available soon for 2015).
  2. Build Your Team. Whether you have an idea or have skills to bring to an idea, visit the teams section of our website to connect with others.
  3. Enter the Competition. Register online through the Competition website. Fill out the first 11 questions by February 4, 2015 at noon to be eligible for expense reimbursement funding. Final entry deadline: March 11, 2015 at noon. Download the Team Member Information Form and Intent to Present Form (available soon for 2015) for the application (also available for download on the Details for Participating Teams document.)
  4. Develop Your Idea. Over the course of the Competition, students have the opportunity to develop their own skills as well as strengthen their venture through workshops, feedback from expert judges on written work and presentations, and multi-disciplinary collaboration. See the SE Tools section for online resources and information and the Calendar for upcoming events.
  5. Attend the Finale. Celebrate the journey and hear the winning pitches. Network with students, alumni, and judges at the Finale celebration.
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Upcoming Events & Deadlines

  • Oct30
    • 30 Oct 2014
    • Social Enterprise Track
    • Event

    SE Track Kick-off and Team Building Mixer

    6:00 - 8:00pm, Harvard i-lab

    Join us for the New Venture Competition Social Enterprise Track Kick-off and Mixer to learn more about social entrepreneurship and meet prospective team members from across the University.

    Fill out one of our surveys for the Team Building Mixer on the Teams page by October 25, 5:00 pm if you're interested in pitching an idea or joining a team. 

  • Feb04
    • 04 Feb 2015
    • Social Enterprise Track
    • Deadline

    Early registration deadline (to be eligible for expense reimbursement)

  • Mar11
    • 11 Mar 2015
    • Social Enterprise Track
    • Deadline

    Intent to Present and Executive Summaries due (final deadline to register)

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the student competition?

For the Social Enterprise Track, teams must meet the two following criteria: 1) include at least one student who meets one of the criteria listed on our eligibility page; 2) be composed of a majority of Harvard University graduate students, and these members must have meaningful roles in the venture and the Competition presentation.

How can I find teammates?

Both tracks hold Team Building Mixers in the fall. Additionally, see: Social Enterprise Track Teams page.

What are the advantages of registering early?

Social Enterprise will run a Workshop/Speaker series which will include "how to" seminars related to various aspects of business plan development, networking opportunities to speak with other entrepreneurs, and forums in which to test early new venture concepts and receive feedback. See the Calendar page for the full schedules. Participants can also visit the Social Enterprise Tools page to see additional track specific resources. Though not required, we also suggest that Social Enterprise Track teams participate in the Pitch for Change at the annual student-led Social Enterprise Conference, for practice and feedback at an important stage of the business plan process.

Who are the judges? What are their backgrounds?

Social Enterprise track judges will be drawn from a variety of backgrounds representing a range of industries, including those from funding organizations (including impact investors, philanthropists, and venture philanthropists), capacity building organizations, and social entrepreneurs.

 
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