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

The entire New Venture competition 2020-21 will be conducted virtually.

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 - Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12 noon EST. Learn More .
  2. Register: Registrations are now open! 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 3, 2021 at 12 noon EST. Make sure all of your information (such as team name and team members is up to date).
  3. Apply here!

  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: The Super Saturday round will be divided into two parts
    1. Remote judging round (Feb 4-Feb 23): All the Student B-track registrant pitch decks will be reviewed by the judges in the remote judging round and the scores from that round will determine which teams will proceed to the Virtual Pitching round of Super Saturday.
    2. Virtual pitching round (Mar 6, 2021): Selected teams from the Remote Judging Round 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 9-Mar 23), 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 Monday, Mar 8, 2021 at 12 noon EST.
  7. Finalists Only: Finalist teams will present virtually to a panel of judges on March 30, 2021.
  8. All HBS students: Attend the NVC Finale Show on March 30, 2021. 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.

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