2019 Ingenuity Awards


The world needs new ideas. So, for the first time in the history of the President’s Innovation Challenge, we are giving out $10,000 in Ingenuity Awards just for bold, original ideas that impress our panel of judges with their audacity and creativity.

This is a brand-new opportunity for students and a new way to get involved with the Harvard Innovation Labs.

The application deadline is April 18, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.


Ingenuity Award winners will be announced at the President’s Innovation Challenge Showcase & Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2019. Winners MUST be in attendance to win the award. Please register to attend the event and add it to your calendar.

$5,000 Ingenuity Award | Grand Prize
$2,500 Ingenuity Award | Runner Up Prizes (two total)

All President’s Innovation Challenge awards are made possible by the generosity of the Bertarelli Foundation, Ernesto Bertarelli (MBA 1993).


The Ingenuity Awards are open to all full-time, degree-seeking Harvard students (including Harvard Extension School students and post-docs). Current Venture Incubation Program participants are not eligible, as they are in the running for other President’s Innovation Challenge awards.


Contact i-lab@harvard.edu or drop by 125 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02163.



March 18, 2019 | Applications Open

April 18, 2019 | Applications Deadline

May 1, 2019 | Awards Ceremony