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.

Key Steps

See the Scoring Rubric that will be used for all the judging rounds of NVC Student Business Track. (Please use your HBS credentials to login and access the rubric.

  1. Optional: Receive Early-Stage Feedback. Get a head start with some feedback on your venture idea from NVC B-Track Judges. To receive Early Stage Feedback, register by the Early Deadline - Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 12 noon EST. Learn More .
  2. Register: Before you register with ReviewR, a third party website, please read ReviewR’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. When using this platform, you are agreeing to ReviewR’s Terms. The final deadline to register to participate in Super Saturday and submit your pitch deck is Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 12 noon EST. Make sure all of your information (such as team name and team members is up to date). We will have 5 Pitch Clinics/Workshops for the NVC applicants on 2/15, 2/16, 2/22, 2/23, 2/23, 2/24. The NVC teams will have until Monday, February 28, 2022 at 12 noon EST to confirm their participation in Super Saturday.
  3. Registration will be open after the NVC Kickoff event on Thursday, October 21.

  4. Register for optional one-on-one virtual pitch sessions: This year, we are going to have optional pitch sessions for final registrants to practice their pitch for Super Saturday and get additional feedback from experts. If you register for this round, then you will be assigned with an expert who can provide you feedback on your pitch virtually. This round is entirely optional and there is no scoring in this round. Final registrants will receive communication from Rock to register for this round after the final deadline.
  5. Super Saturday will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2022. This is the first round of judging for the Student Business Track of the HBS New Venture Competition. All the Student B-track teams will pitch virtually to a panel of judges in this round.
  6. Semi-finalists only: Semi-finalists will be chosen from the Super Saturday Virtual Pitching round. This is a remote judging round (Mar 7-Mar 21), where judges will review the semi-finalists pitch decks/pitch videos to score the teams. Their scores will determine the finalist teams who will pitch at the Final judging round. Revised deck and optional pitch/demo videos are due Sunday, Mar 6, 2022 at 12 noon EST. The teams will be notified of the scores on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
  7. Finalists Only: Finalist teams will present in Klarman Hall to a panel of judges on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
  8. All HBS students: Attend the NVC Finale Show on Thursday, March 31, 2022. A winner and runner-up for each of the three tracks will be announced that afternoon at the Finale.

Tough Tech Prize

The Rock Center in collaboration with the HBS Digital, Health Care, and Business and Environment Initiatives, offers the Tough Technology Prize for HBS New Venture Competition. Through our collective efforts, we want to recognize (co)founders where the venture has challenging proof-points of development typical of tough technology ventures.

Tough Tech ventures are those working on transformative technology that solves the world's most important challenges through the convergence of breakthrough science, engineering, and leadership. It can also be thought of as being a breakthrough idea in which founders and investors are not likely to realize an early profit.

If you believe that your venture is eligible to be considered for the Tough Tech Prize, then you can apply for it while registering for NVC. You will find an option to self-select your venture for this prize in the registration form. Learn more about the prize and application process here.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

  • Oct21
    • 21 Oct 2021
    • Both Tracks
    • Deadline

    2021-22 NVC Application Opens

    • 21 Oct 2021
    • Both Tracks
    • Event

    NVC Kickoff

    Current Harvard MBA students, join us for our New Venture Competition Kick Off on October 21 from 5-7pm ET! Learn about HBS NVC, ask any questions you may have, and hear student pitches. Register to attend and sign up to pitch by October 15
  • Dec02
    • 02 Dec 2021
    • Both Tracks

    Early Application & Early Stage Feedback (for B-Track only) Deadline

    Early application deadline for the SE Track and deadline to apply for Early Stage Feedback for the Business Track. Please note that the SE Track does not offer feedback at this stage.

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