Harvard Business School New Venture Competition Finale 2019 Recap


Harvard Business School’s Klarman Hall was host to the 22nd annual New Venture Competition. Presenting awards at the event were Jodi Gernon, the Director of the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship; Matt Segneri, the Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative; and Mary-Helen Black, the Director of HBS Alumni Clubs & Associations.

The pitches were split up into three separate tracks: Alumni (graduates from HBS taking part in the competition), Social (student-led startups solving problems while making a positive social impact), and Business (startups that are taking on enterprise or specific industry-wide problems). The awards were given out to the standout startup in each of these three categories.

Winners and Slideshow of the Finalists

Below is a list of the winners and slideshow of each of the 12 companies that presented. As you’ll notice, there is a myriad of industries and social problems these students and alumni are looking to disrupt and/or solve, respectively.

Crowd Favorite – $5K

Alumni: Blueland

Social: Hikma Health

Business: MyToolbox

Runner-Up – $25K

Alumni: X-COR Therapeutics

Social: Gramhal

Business: Nom Pot

Grand – $75K

Alumni: Blueland

Social: Hikma Health

Business: MyToolbox