“Innovation is the real business of Harvard Business School,” noted an article in the March 2012 HBS Alumni Bulletin. And, as social entrepreneurship has taken on increasing prominence over the past two decades, HBS alumni have been at the forefront of change—from starting new organizations to imbedding an entrepreneurial spirit within established ones; from funding innovators in the field to creating new forms of social investing.
Innovation Spotlight: New Venture Competition
The social enterprise track of the New Venture Competition provides an opportunity for students to explore social entrepreneurship, test ideas, and develop plans for the launch of a social venture in a rigorous and supportive environment.
“The New Venture Competition was the highlight of my 2nd year at HBS. It helped me build lasting friendships with peers and connections with professors, It gives me tremendous satisfaction that our venture continues to make strides towards global impact.”
Gilbert Tang Co-founder, Diagnostics for All, Winner, NVC Social Enterprise Track 2008MBA 2008
New Venture Competition
The social enterprise track of the New Venture Competition —now entering its 14th year—provides an opportunity for students to explore social entrepreneurship and test ideas for social innovation in a rigorous and supportive environment.
Alumni Entrepreneurs Making an Impact
Misan Rewane co-founder, West African Vocational Education (WAVE), NigeriaMBA 2013
"WAVE was developed and inspired by interactions with HBS peers, faculty, and alumni, as well as the enabling environment and programs run by SEI and the Harvard i-lab....Working on the business plan for most of the year honed my learning experience at HBS and gave me an exciting new lens for processing academic content and interactions with faculty and fellow students"