2020 HBS New Venture Competition (Business Track)
Submission Deadline03/31/2020

The Flagship Event for Entrepreneurship at HBS
Open to HBS students, faculty, staff and the broader entrepreneurship community.
LIVE Pitches by the NVC Finalists of three separate tracks (student business, student social enterprise, and alumni).
Award Ceremony - A total of $315,000 in cash prizes are awarded across 3 tracks: $75K for the grand, $25k for runner up, and $5k for crowd favorite... that's right, YOU get to vote!
Limited seating available. Reserve your tickets now! Doors will open at 5:30 pm.
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Application Deadline
Apply by the Early Registration Deadline, Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 12 noon EST, to receive Early Stage Feedback from our panel of experts. You can use this feedback to work on your final pitch deck that is due on the Final Registration deadline, Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 12 noon EST.

Super Saturday
Super Saturday is the first round of judging for the Business Track of the HBS New Venture Competition. All students who register for the business track and meet the deadlines will have the opportunity to pitch twice, to two different panel of judges that includes successful entrepreneurs, experts and investors on Super Saturday. Click here to learn more. The selected teams from this round then proceed to the next round as Semi-Finalists.

NVC B-track Semi-Finals
This is a remote judging round and the semi-finalists can upload their updated pitch deck in Reviewr by Tues, Mar 31, 2020 at 12 noon EST. Semi-Finalists also have an option to upload their pitch video in ReviewR by this deadline for the Semi-Final judges to review along-with their pitch decks. 8 teams will be selected to proceed to the next round as finalists.

NVC Final Judging and Finale Show – APRIL 16, 2020 (HBS Campus)
The Final judging round will take place on the HBS campus on Thursday, April 16, 2020 followed by the Finale show. 8 final teams will pitch live to a panel of investors and founders, of which 4 teams will be selected to present a 90-second pitch at the Finale show that evening. The final 4 stage finalist teams will be announced after the Final judging that day at 5pm in a special reception for judges and teams. We will also send a text message and email to the teams to announce the final four, who will present live to the audience that evening at 6:00-7:00pm at Klarman Auditorium.


  • Cash Prizes
    • Grand Prize Winner: $75,000
    • Runner-up Winner: $25,000
    • Crowd Favorite Winner: $5,000 (chosen via a live poll at the finale)
  • In-kind Prizes from the following sponsors
    • Airtable
    • Amazon Web Services
    • Baker for Business
    • Foley Hoag
    • Google Cloud for Startups
    • HupSpot for Startups
    • MassChallenge
    • Sketch


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