2020 President's Innovation Challenge

Curiosity Drives Us Forward

The President’s Innovation Challenge is a call to action for Harvard students and alumni who are passionate about developing ideas that make a difference. It celebrates what we can accomplish through collaboration, ingenuity, and rigorous exploration.

The Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, May 21st 5:00 – 6:00pm EST, join the Harvard Innovation Labs for the 2020 President’s Innovation Challenge Awards Ceremony as we celebrate this year’s finalist teams through an immersive, interactive virtual awards experience focused on the better future that is to come.

Meet venture teams from across Harvard’s 13 schools who are working at the intersections of science, medicine, technology, society, and culture to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. 25 student and alumni teams will showcase their highly-anticipated ventures, and our new Executive Director Matt Segneri will announce who will take home Bertarelli Foundation prizes totaling $510,000.

Change is constant, and the future was always unpredictable. When faced with the opportunities and demands of the future, innovators respond with creativity and resolve. Come see what our teams are building and stay curious with us. Open to all.



A total of $510,000 in Bertarelli Foundation Prizes will be awarded to grand prize and runner-up winners in each venture track of the President’s Innovation Challenge, including the alumni venture tracks.

PIC Semi-Finalist Path An intense program designed to accelerate the progress of your venture in preparation for the PIC Grand Prize competition. Open Track
Life Science
Social Impact
Life Lab (Alumni)
Launch Lab X (Alumni)
Grand: $75,000/track
Runner-Up: $25,000/track
12-week Spring Venture Program Programming to help any serious student get their venture off on the right foot and make progress throughout the spring term. N/A Ingenuity: $10,000

The President’s Innovation Challenge prizes are made possible by a generous gift from the Bertarelli Foundation, Ernesto Bertarelli (MBA 1993).


March 3 – March 18
Ingenuity Awards & Finalist applications open. Applicants may update their applications to reflect progress on their ventures and ideas.

April 14
Five finalists are chosen for each track competing for President’s Innovation Challenge Grand Prizes.

May 6
Student finalists competing for President’s Innovation Challenge Awards pitch their venture live to a panel of experts who will decide Grand Prize and Runner-Up winners.

May 21
The five finalists in each track — including the alumni tracks — pitch their ventures at the 2020 President’s Innovation Challenge Awards Virtual Ceremony.