Innovation begins when we recognize a problem. How do we prevent the next pandemic? Protect forests from wildfires? Design a healthcare system that prioritizes quality of life? Create anti-racist AI? How do we approach inevitable new problems from a place of humility and compassion? While our challenges are daunting, they are also opportunities to draw from our shared hope to come together for a future beyond what we can imagine.
The 2021 President’s Innovation Challenge has now concluded! We welcome you to discover the winners and watch highlights from the celebration.
As we share our ideas,
we begin to share our future.
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. Along the way, they’re not only challenged to better understand individual and community needs, but they 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.
What inspires our community members? Get to know the people at the i-lab as they say “hello!” to you and each other.
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.
On May 5, 2021, from 5-6 pm EST, gather with us to celebrate the progress our Finalist ventures have made as they make more human futures possible. At this fully virtual, interactive event, we’ll discover which teams have won a share of $510,000 in prizes from the Bertarelli Foundation!