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

  • Airtable
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Baker for Business
  • CASE Smart Impact Capital
  • Foley Hoag
  • Google Cloud for Startups
  • HupSpot for Startups
  • MassChallenge
  • Sketch

Advisors

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:

  • Hayley Barna
    Rock Center VCP
  • Katia Beauchamp
    Rock Center EiR
  • Marty Blue
    Rock Center EiR
  • David Cancel
    Rock Center EiR
  • Jerry Chen
    Rock Center VCP
  • Arjun Chopra
    Rock Center VCP
  • Tom Clay
    Rock Center EiR
  • Kerry Cooper
    Rock Center EiR
  • Jim Dougherty
    Rock Center EiR
  • Anne Dwane
    Rock Center VCP
  • Sarah Endline
    Rock Center EiR
  • Effie Epstein
    Rock Center VCP
  • David Frankel
    Rock Center VCP
  • Scott Friend
    Rock Center VCP
  • Rob Gierkink
    Rock Center EiR
  • Rob Go
    Rock Center VCP
  • Dayna Grayson
    Rock Center VCP
  • Chip Hazard
    Rock Center VCP
  • Mar Hershenson
    Rock Center VCP
  • Maia Heymann
    Rock Center VCP
  • Lara Hodgson
    Rock Center EiR
  • David Hornik
    Rock Center VCP
  • Aditya Julka
    Rock Center EiR
  • Steve Kraus
    Rock Center VCP
  • Donna Levin
    Rock Center EiR
  • Jennifer Lum
    Rock Center EiR
  • Don Mathis
    Rock Center EiR
  • Dan Nova
    Rock Center VCP
  • Ali Rahimtula
    Rock Center VCP
  • Matias Recchia
    Rock Center EiR
  • Matt Salzberg
    Rock Center EiR
  • Javier Segovia
    Rock Center EiR
  • Rudina Seseri
    Rock Center VCP
  • Jim Sharpe
    Rock Center EiR
  • Shereen Shermak
    Rock Center EiR
  • Michael Skok
    Rock Center VCP
  • John Sloss
    Rock Center EiR
  • Satish Tadikonda
    Rock Center EiR
  • Alex Taussig
    Rock Center VCP
  • David Tisch
    Rock Center VCP
  • Christina Wallace
    Rock Center EiR
  • Michael Weintraub
    Rock Center EiR
  • Ellie Wheeler
    Rock Center VCP
  • Russ Wilcox
    Rock Center VCP
 

Judges

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 and alumni 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.