Our 2021 One Harvard New Venture Competition is on February 24, 2021 - Save the Date!

We welcome all Northern CA Harvard alumni founders, co-founders or full-time managers of early stage startups, with less than $2M in funding raised to date, to participate in our 2021 One Harvard New Venture Competition (1HNVC). This competition is open to both for-profit and not-for-profit companies. The 1HNVC regional winners receive a significant cash award, and the top scoring HBS startup will represent Northern California in the HBS global finals.

The New Venture Competition (NVC) is sponsored by the Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Alumni Clubs & Associations. HBS winners receive an invitation to the student and alumni New Venture Competition Finale to be held on March 30th, 2021.

In the Bay Area, we have opened up our competition to include startups from all of Harvard - not just HBS (hence, 1HNVC). At the regional level, the competition is a level playing field for all Harvard alumni participants. Only the top scoring HBS startup that has also completed the HBS global application, however, can proceed to the HBS global competition.

Check out our video to learn about last year's competition.

APPLY by December 15th, 9:0am PT for a chance to receive invaluable feedback, gain access to one of the world’s most powerful networks, and win prizes! To apply, please click on the 1HNVC registration button below. HBS startups interested in proceeding to the global competition must also complete the HBS global application by January 11.

  • Qualified applicants are required to have a Harvard alumnus (of any school) as a founder and a full-time member of the management team.
  • The company must have raised less than $2.5 million in capital and have lifetime revenues of less than $2 million.
  • Startups that have participated before are eligible to compete again unless they have previously won.



REGIONAL Winner Prizes for:

  • HBS 1HNVC North California : Winner (based on judge scores)
  • HBS 1HNVC North California : Crowd Favorite (based on popular votes through our app)

All finalists will also have access to cash prizes and in-kind benefits which we'll publish soon

HBS GLOBAL NVC Winner Prizes & Benefits:

  • 1st Place Prize: $75,000
  • 2nd Place Prize: $25,000
  • Crowd Favorite: $5,000
  • In-kind services
  • Access to potential investors


Oct 19, 2020: Application opens on the HBS Alumni NVC website

Nov 10, 2020: Information Night

Dec 15, 2020: Early* Submission Deadline
*Early applicants get at least one mentoring session and get a chance to network early with VCs & Angels

Jan 11, 2021: Final Deadline; Applications Close

Feb 24, 2021: Regional Competition takes place
1HNVC Regional winners will be chosen and the top scoring HBS Startup will proceed to the Global Finals.

March 1, 2021: Global finalists are invited to pitch at the NVC live event on the HBS campus.

March 30, 2021: NVC Finale - Regional winners attend the Finale
Eight (8) global finalists pitch to prominent VCs Grand Prize, Runner-Up and Crowd Favorite winners announced

If you have any questions, then please email us at
Primary Contacts: Maya Krish & Pankaj Mahajan