The President’s Innovation Challenge is a call to action for Harvard students passionate about developing ideas that make a difference. It celebrates what we can accomplish through collaboration, ingenuity, and rigorous exploration. And it’s a challenge to imagine all the ways we can do good, better.
There are two ways to get involved in the President’s Innovation Challenge!
1 Apply to become a President’s Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist
2 Apply to join the 12-week Spring Venture Program and automatically enter the running for an Ingenuity Award.
A total of $510,000 in Bertarelli Foundation Prizes are awarded to grand prize and runner-up winners in each venture track of the President’s Innovation Challenge, including the alumni venture tracks.
|PIC PATH||PROGRAMMING||TRACK CATEGORY||PRIZE BREAKDOWN|
|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 Lab (Alumni)
Launch Lab X (Alumni)
|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|
December 2: PIC Launch Party
And we’re off! Join us for our PIC Launch Party where we’ll break down the application process and show you how the i-lab can help you develop your idea.
December 3: IdeaJam: Amazon Rainforest
Move from interest to action at this collective brainstorm for ideas that can help preserve the Amazon Rainforest!
December 10: From Cause to Idea
Discover how to build an idea based on something you care about, and communicate it effectively to an audience so they care, too!
December 12: Hack the PIC
Build an ironclad application with our Hack the PIC workshop! We’ll do a step-by-step deep dive into the application, helping you build the strongest case for your venture.
President’s Innovation Challenge Application due online.
Mid to late January
Decisions sent to applicants.
Applicants may update their applications to reflect progress on their ventures and ideas.
Five finalists are chosen for each track competing for President’s Innovation Challenge Grand Prizes. All teams not selected as Finalists are still eligible to compete for Ingenuity Awards and continue participating in the Venture Program.
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.
The five finalists in each track — including the alumni tracks — pitch their ventures before a live audience.