The New Venture Competition thanks its sponsors and partners for their tremendous support which enables participants to access expert resources, test their ideas, and gain real-world feedback throughout the process.


Sponsors & Partners

  • Bain Capital Ventures
  • CB Insights
  • Cooley
  • Echoing Green
  • Foley Hoag
  • Harvard Center for Public Leadership
  • Harvard Innovation Lab
  • International Business Model Competition
  • MassChallenge
  • Shoobx
  • Stripe
  • TriNet
  • WeWork


Several Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiRs), local law firms, and other experts donated their time and energy to help counsel the student teams. We want to express our thanks to:

  • Ajay Agarwal
    Rock Center EiR
  • David Boghossian
    Commonwealth Impact Partners
  • Steve Bonner
    Rock Center EiR
  • Leslie Burmeister
    HBS Knowledge & Library Services
  • David Cappillo
    Goodwin Procter
  • David Chang
    Rock Center EiR
  • Sam Clemens
    Rock Center EiR
  • Sarah Cooleybeck
    Foley Hoag
  • Shivang Dave
  • Chuck Davis
    Rock Center EiR
  • Stephanie Dodson
    Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
  • David Frankel
    Rock Center EiR
  • Dana Gordon
    Foley Hoag
  • Mary-Laura Greely
    Pierce Atwood
  • Meredith Haviland
    Foley Hoag LLP
  • Janet Kraus
    Rock Center EiR
  • Sharon C. Lincoln
    Foley Hoag LLP
  • Larissa Bifano Park
  • Sharon Peyer
    Rock Center EiR
  • Jules Pieri
    Rock Center EiR
  • Ruben Pinchanski
    Rock Center EiR
  • Katie Rae
    Rock Center EiR
  • Jyoti Ramakrishna
    Barakat Bundle
  • Punam Rogers
    Foley Hoag
  • Duke Rohlen
    Rock Center EiR
  • Rudina Seseri
    Rock Center EiR
  • Jim Sharpe
    Rock Center EiR
  • Martin Sinozich
    Rock Center EiR
  • Michael Skok
    Rock Center EiR
  • Jim Southern
    Rock Center EiR
  • Paul Sweeney
    Foley Hoag
  • Elsa Sze
  • Russ Wilcox
    Rock Center EiR


The New Venture Competition relies upon the commitment of practitioners in the field who review business plans and lend their expertise to provide candid feedback and judge the feasibility of the plans entered within the Competition.

Business track judges come from a variety of backgrounds, including funders, founders, industry experts and executives, lawyers, and other specialists deemed appropriate to understand the commercial viability of a business idea.

Social Enterprise track judges come from a variety of backgrounds representing a range of industries, including those from funding organizations (including impact investors, philanthropists, and venture philanthropists), capacity building organizations, and social entrepreneurs.