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The HBS New Venture Competition provides a unique opportunity for students to put entrepreneurship principles into practice with an integrative learning experience. Students may participate in either the Business Track (for ventures whose economic returns drive substantial market impact) or in the Social Enterprise Track (for ventures that drive social change using nonprofit, for-profit or hybrid models).

Key deadline:

  • Wed, Feb 27, noon: Final Registration Deadline & (for SE Track) Executive Summaries Due; (for Business Track) pitch decks due

See more info on deadlines.

Support your entrepreneurship journey with these events!

Developing an Effective Social Enterprise Pitch Deck
Mon, Feb 11, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Harvard i-lab
Excited about launching a social venture but not quite sure how to create your pitch deck? This workshop, led by the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, will provide an introduction of key elements of a social enterprise plan and approaches on how to build your venture. Sponsored by the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative to support the HBS New Venture Competition, and open to all students with an interest in creating social ventures. Register to attend.

Testing Your Social Venture: Iterating Based on Market Feedback
Monday, Feb 25, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Harvard i-lab
How do you test and iterate your idea? Social entrepreneurs will discuss how to understand social needs and the demands of the impact economy, as well as how to skillfully and resiliently adapt their models as their understanding of these needs changes. Sponsored by the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative to support the HBS New Venture Competition, and open to all students with an interest in creating social ventures. Register to attend.