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New Venture Competition


Sacerdote Grand Prize Winner, Social Enterprise Track, 2024 New Venture Competition


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Sacerdote Runner-Up Prize Winner, Social Enterprise Track, 2024 New Venture Competition


The Social Enterprise Track of the New Venture Competition provides an opportunity for eligible graduate students across Harvard University to explore social entrepreneurship and test ideas for social innovation in a rigorous and supportive environment.

Social Enterprise Track entries may include nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid model business plans.


Student teams participating in 2024 Social Enterprise Track

$75 k.

Grand Prize


Social Enterprise Track teams since 2001

Resources & Benefits


A series of workshops and office hours, covering topics such as how to develop a social enterprise pitch deck, identifying the market for social ventures, financial modeling, legal aspects of starting a social enterprise; and mixers to facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration and team-building.

Executive Summary Development

The catalyst to develop an Executive Summary synopsis, and for semifinalist and finalist teams the opportunity to present a pitch deck.


Feedback from expert judges at multiple stages in the process to help you strengthen and develop your ideas within the competition and beyond. Past judges have come from leading social sector organizations such as ACCION International, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Echoing Green, Invested Development, and The Bridgespan Group.

In-kind Awards

Fast-tracking and in-kind awards for winners and runners-up, in addition to financial awards totaling $75,000.