Announcing the 2023 Harvard President's Innovation Challenge Winners
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Announcing the 2023 Harvard President's Innovation Challenge Winners

Matt Segneri on stage at the President's Innovation Challenge

Restoring vision for blind patients, using AI to generate visual assets for creative teams, and providing mentorship and scholarships to minority students pursuing medical degrees, were three of the winning startup initiatives recognized during the Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge Awards Ceremony.

More than 2,000 people watched the President’s Innovation Challenge Awards Ceremony on May 3, which drew attendees at Klarman Hall and a virtual audience from around the globe for a dazzling display of creativity and entrepreneurship. During the event, ventures founded by Harvard students, alumni, and affiliates showcased a broad range of projects, from climate solutions and novel uses of AI to emerging brain therapies and hair-braiding automation. Winning ventures receive a share of $515,000 in Bertarelli Foundation prizes, and six of this year’s winning ventures have founding members from two or more Harvard schools.

Read about the winners in The Harvard Gazette: Celebrating cross-University innovation

Learn more about the President’s Innovation Challenge finalists and winners, and watch a recording of the May 3 awards ceremony at