2021 HBS New Venture Competition (Business Track)
Submission Deadline03/09/2021

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!

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Application Deadline
Apply by the Early Registration Deadline, Wed, Nov 18, 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 3, 2021 at 12 noon EST.

Super Saturday
The Super Saturday round will be divided into two parts

  • Remote judging round (Feb 4-Feb 23): All the Student B-track registrant pitch decks will be reviewed by the judges in the remote judging round and the scores from that round will determine which teams will proceed to the Virtual Pitching round of Super Saturday.
  • Virtual pitching round (Mar 6, 2021): Selected teams from the Remote Judging Round will pitch virtually to a panel of judges in this round.

The selected teams from the virtual round will 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 Mon, Mar 8, 2021 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 – MARCH 30, 2021 
The Final judging round will take place virtually on Zoom on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 followed by a virtual 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 virtual pitch at the Finale show that evening. 


  • 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)
    • ToughTech Prize Winner: $ 10,000
  • 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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