MBA Experience

New Venture Competition: Social Enterprise Track


The social enterprise track of the New Venture Competition 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.

The social enterprise track of the student New Venture Competition offers a number of resources and benefits:

  • A series of workshops and office hours covering topics such as how to develop a social enterprise Business Plan, identifying the market for social ventures, financial modeling, pitching and presenting, and perspectives from practitioners and entrepreneurs; and mixers to facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration and team-building.
  • The catalyst to develop a Business Plan and Executive Summary synopsis, and for semi-finalists and finalist teams the opportunity to present.
  • Feedback from expert judges at multiple stages in the process to help you strengthen and develop your ideas within the competition and beyond. Past judges have come from leading social sector organizations such as ACCION International, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Echoing Green, Invested Development, and The Bridgespan Group.
  • Reimbursement of start-up expenses up to $1,000.
  • Fast-tracking and in-kind awards for winners and runners-up, in addition to financial awards totaling $75,000.

Learn more about the New Venture Competition.