Welcome to the 2020 HBS New Venture Competition - Alumni Track! The New Venture Competition (NVC) serves as a launch pad for innovative new ventures from HBS alumni, providing access and exposure to potential investors, mentors, and advisors. The annual event is sponsored by the Harvard Business School's Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Alumni Clubs & Associations. The competition is open to alumni with early-stage ventures, and winners receive an invitation to the student and alumni NVC Finale to be held on April 16, 2020.
Apply by January 27, 2020, 12:00pm ET. You will apply to one of 8 global regions by completing the application herein and hitting the “Submit” button. Applicants can apply to their region of choice based on proximity or launch market. However, the Virtual International Track is only for international applicants who live outside of the Asia-Pacific and Europe Regions. The Virtual International Track will be managed by the HBS Alumni Relations and Rock Center for Entrepreneurship.
Previous Regional Winners are not allowed to re-apply to the alumni New Venture Competition.
IMPORTANT: You can save and modify your application at any point prior to the January 27 deadline, as long as you do not hit the "Submit" button. Once you hit the "Submit" button, you will not be able to modify your application.
REGIONAL COMPETITIONS ROUND
The first round begins at the regional level. Once you've submitted an application, the Regional NVC Leads will review applications and shortlist the teams for their regional competition.
If your team is chosen to pitch at the regional competition, you will be asked to submit a pitch deck (template below in Downloads section for guidance) to your NVC host club. Regional Competition dates vary. After applications close on January 27, 2020, your NVC host club will reach out with next steps and a date for your regional competition. If you win the regional competition, a pitch deck will be required of you by March 20, 2020 to move onto the Global Semi-Finals round.
GLOBAL FINALS ROUND & NVC FINALE - APRIL 16, 2020 (HBS Campus)
The Finals round will take place on the HBS campus on Thursday, April 16, 2020. 8-10 final teams will pitch live to a panel of HBS alumni investors and founders, of which 4 teams will be selected to present a 90-second pitch at the Finale show that evening.
The global finalists will have 7-10 minutes to pitch and 15-20 minutes of Q&A (exact times to be determined) in front of prominent HBS alumni venture capitalists. These judges will select 4 teams to present a 90-second pitch at the NVC Finale show that evening. They will also choose the Grand Prize and Runner-up winners, however, these winners will find out who they are at the Finale show. All 4 teams are eligible to win the Crowd Favorite prize.
- Grand Prize Winner: $75,000
- Runner-up Winner: $25,000
- Crowd Favorite Winner: $5,000 (chosen via a live poll at the finale)