Business plan challenges and case competitions offer an engaging way to collaborate with students from within HBS and from other schools to develop presentation/pitch skills, work with faculty, and potentially commercialize a health care innovation.

Roche Diabetes Care Innovation Challenge

For people living with diabetes, how might we better monitor the severity and progression of associated complications and comorbidities, and actively manage and intervene in order to slow, stop, or reverse the progression of these risks and promote a better quality of life? Semi-finalists and finalists will receive mentoring from selected Roche Diabetes Care leaders, MATTER staff and stakeholders from across the healthcare community. Three to five finalists will receive a $5,000 cash award to further develop their solutions. The winning finalist will receive a monetary prize of $20,000 from Roche Diabetes Care, to be used for further development of the finalist’s entry and associated solution(s) and a free 1-year membership at MATTER.

BAHM Competition

Sponsored top MBA programs, competitions are held each year at a different BAHM school, and each member school selects students to represent it. Students submit a written paper and deliver a formal presentation which are then judged by BAHM member industry leaders. Students have the unique opportunity to meet other graduate students from across the country, and win prizes up to $10,000.

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. The Student Prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy: healthcare, transportation and mobility, food/water and agriculture, and consumer devices.

New Venture Competition

The New Venture Competition is an annual student competition sponsored by Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Initiative.

Business Track: Participating teams require at least one Harvard Business School MBA student who plays a primary role in the business. The HBS student should be a part of the founding team and a significant equity holder, if equity has been distributed. There is a $1,500,000 limit in seed capital raised and a $2,000,000 limit in revenue generated. Please view the eligibility page for more information. 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.

Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize (SHIP)

The Sloan Healthcare Innovations Prize (SHIP) is a pitch competition, open to entrepreneurs innovating in the health care space. The mission of SHIP is to support early stage health care start-ups by providing feedback from experienced industry professionals, workshops on pitch instruction, and a chance to compete for more than $30,000 in prize money. The finals are open to the public and admission is free.

MIT $100K

One competition - three independent contests - from October through May. Now in its 30th year, the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition has brought together students and researchers from across MIT and Greater Boston to launch their talent, ideas, and technology into leading companies. More than $300K in non-dilutive funding is awarded to accelerate these new ventures.

Humana-Mays Healthcare Analytics

Full-time and part-time master's students from accredited Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Information Systems, Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration program, or other similar master’s programs that educate students in business, healthcare, or analytics at an educational institution based in the United States are invited to join in groups of two to four students—from the same school—to tackle a real-world case.