2020 One Harvard New Venture Competition Recap Video

Jun 24, 2020

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We are pleased to share our 2020 One Harvard New Venture Competition Recap Video from our recent event held on March 4 at UCSF Genentech Hall. 

The event boasted over 250 attendees including twelve finalist startups, a significant number of notable investors, celebrity judges, sponsors, guest speaker, Michelle Zatlyn, Co-founder and COO of Cloudflare, and our broader HBS and Harvard entrepreneurial community.

The evening started with refreshments and networking inside the gorgeous UCSF atrium where our twelve finalist startups, selected from 40 competitors, had opportunities to discuss and demo their products with attendees.  After brief welcomes by Maya Krish, HBSANC Director of Entrepreneurship, and Stephanie Marrus and Laurel Skurko from UCSF, Michelle Zatlyn engrossed the crowd with her talk on the five lessons she learned from starting her company.

Next, the twelve finalist startups pitched their businesses and answered thought provoking questions by celebrity judges Mark Stevens, Sonja Hoel Perkins, and Zack Rinat.  The judges scored startups on the following criteria; customer value proposition, go-to-market strategy, quality of team, and economic model.  Attendees also had the opportunity to cast votes for their favorite startup on our 1HNVC app.  Congratulations to our 2020 1HNVC winner, Goal Five, and our 2020 1HNVC Crowd Favorite, Vincere Health.  These startups received cash prizes in addition to a variety of sponsored in-kind benefits.  They have also been invited to pitch at the next HBS Alumni Angels Quarterly Pitch Event.  Also, congratulations to Investo, our top scoring HBS startup that will proceed on to compete in the Global HBS Alumni NVC Finals in Boston. 

The One Harvard New Venture Competition (1HNVC) serves as a launch pad for innovative new ventures from HBS and Harvard alumni, providing access and exposure to potential investors, mentors, and advisors.  This annual competition was started for HBS alumni over ten years ago by the Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Alumni Clubs & Associations.  Two years ago in the Bay Area, we expanded this competition to include alumni of all Harvard schools.  Competing startups were offered multiple mentoring sessions, introductions to other mentors and investors, and networking opportunities at our 1HNVC networking events in January and February.  Furthermore, they had the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and access over $1 million of sponsored in-kind benefits.

Thank you to Cooley, LLP our Premier Legal Sponsor and UCSF, our Venue Host!  Also thank you to our other generous sponsors for their contribution of significant in-kind benefits and to the many volunteers who helped make this event a huge success!

- Maya Krish, HBSANC Director of Entrepreneurship and 2020 1HNVC Chair

 

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