What does it mean to be more human? We may each have our own answer. But we experience our shared humanity when we pursue work that brings out the best in us, individually and collectively. We experience it when we take action against the problems that plague us and imagine another world beyond our current solutions. As we continue to work on tough, deep challenges and tackle fresh ones, we also strive to become more empathetic and inclusive.
This was particularly evident throughout the 2021 President’s Innovation Challenge, where ideas grew into ventures that are changing our world for the better.
Hope sustains us as we move from uncertainty to action.
The President’s Innovation Challenge (PIC) is a call to action for students and select alumni pursuing ventures that push the boundaries of their fields. Throughout the spring, accepted ventures develop with comprehensive support from the Harvard Innovation Labs Venture Program. Along the way, they’re challenged not only to better understand individual and community needs, but to become better leaders, colleagues, and human beings. Semi-finalist teams enter the track that is most appropriate for their venture for specialized advising. Each track awards $100,000 total in Bertarelli Foundation prize money.
Are you curious to learn more about the 2021 President’s Innovation Challenge finalists and winners?
Great ideas inspire even better ones when we share, collaborate, and cheer each other on. Whether they’re tackling fashion industry waste, the financial burden of higher education, or the limitations of injection-only drugs, our ventures’ stories will inspire you, too! Check out a selection of our initiatives below.
Meet the women innovators behind some of the incredible ventures in the i-lab community. Learn about what they’re building and hear their unique perspectives.
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Discover the founders behind some of the most exciting ventures developing within the i-lab community, and making a difference in the world!
Three early stage teams in the Venture Program Start It cohort were selected to win Ingenuity Awards this year.
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