The 2018 President’s Innovation Challenge: Awards Ceremony

4:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Harvard Innovation Labs - Lobby

Do you want to discover the next generation of companies working to make the world work better? Don’t miss an exclusive opportunity at the President’s Innovation Challenge Award Ceremony on May 2nd.

This year, 123 student teams from 12 different Harvard schools entered the Challenge program. On May 2, you’ll have the chance to meet the most innovative of the startups being built at Harvard and see 15 finalists showcase their highly-anticipated projects LIVE. Harvard President Drew Faust will then announce this year’s winners who will take home Bertarelli Foundation Prizes totaling $310,000 in award money.

If you’re interested in what’s next, this is a must-attend event.

*Open to anyone in the greater Boston community.

About the President’s Innovation Challenge:
The President’s Innovation Challenge is a call to innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s a challenge to the entire Harvard community of students and postdocs to engage with pressing issues facing the world and to explore turning their ideas into impactful, real-world ventures.

The Challenge is also a competition and an opportunity for these ventures to win funding. Venture proposals are evaluated by a panel of professional judges, with Bertarelli Foundation Prizes of more than $310,000 in seed funding awarded to the winning teams at the May 2 ceremony. $75,000 first prizes and $25,000 runner-up prizes are awarded in each of three tracks: Social Impact or Cultural Enterprise, Health or Life Sciences Enterprise, and Open (for ideas that transcend categories).

A few things to know about this event:
1. Parking is limited, so prepare to come early, come using public transportation, or your favorite co-driving app.
2. For those coming from Longwood, there is a direct shuttle you can take.
Name listed on bus: i-lab shuttle, President’s Innovation Challenge
Pick-up location: Vanderbilt Hall on Louis Pasteur (Longwood campus)
Destination: Harvard i-lab (125 Western Ave)

Trip from Longwood to i-lab: Shuttle leaves for i-lab – 4:00PM

Return trip from i-lab to Longwood: Shuttle leaves i-lab to Longwood – Around 6:30PM


The 2018 President’s Innovation Challenge: Awards Ceremony
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