For students and entrepreneurs, the i-lab provides foundational learning as the educational entry point for exploring entrepreneurship and innovation.
Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
We are pleased to announce today the third annual President's Challenge for entrepreneurship. Hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab, the Challenge draws on the creativity, diversity, and talents of our community, supporting thinkers and inventors throughout the University.
Each year, we encourage students and postdoctoral fellows from across Harvard's Schools to apply fresh ideas to some of the intractable problems of our time. This year's Challenge invites work in five categories: affordable health, education innovation, efficient governing, economic development and sustainable employment, and energy and the environment.
A Challenge kick-off event—featuring a keynote by Professor Harry Lewis—will be held in the i-lab lobby on October 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. During the fall, the i-lab will host workshops and networking events for budding entrepreneurs. In the spring, ten finalist teams will be awarded space in the i-lab and $5,000 of seed money, as well as the opportunity to participate in tailored programs and mentoring. From those ten teams, the judging panel, co-chaired by Provost Alan Garber and Professor Bill Sahlman, will select a winner and up to three runners-up who will be awarded a share of the $100,000 grand prize at a Demo Day in May.
We are also pleased to share with you additional opportunities to pursue innovative work by participating in the Deans' Challenges in Cultural Entrepreneurship and in Health & Life Sciences. You can learn more about these challenges on the i-lab's website.
Harvard is about possibilities. Here, it is possible to meet—and to become—the change-makers who are applying knowledge and solving the world's greatest problems. We see this happening every day at each of our Schools, and we can't wait to see what you will achieve this year through Harvard's growing array of Challenges.