Innovation Labs announce Spring Venture Program cohort

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Harvard Innovation Labs

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The Harvard Innovation Labs recently announced that more than 420 ventures are joining the 2021 Spring Venture Program.

“Last spring, soon after welcoming hundreds of students to the Harvard Innovation Labs at our in-person Venture Program orientation, we transitioned to entirely virtual programming,” said Matt Segneri, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Executive Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs. “Since then, our team has worked tirelessly on enhancing both the quantity and quality of the virtual resources we provide to innovators and entrepreneurs.”

“As we enter our third virtual Venture Program cohort, we look forward to offering the Harvard-founded teams a wide range of opportunities to interact and learn from industry experts from around the world, Harvard Innovation Labs staff advisors, and each other,” he added. “Their time in the Venture Program will serve to guide and engage them as they work on turning their ideas into products and services with real world impact.”

The Harvard Innovation Labs has designed two tracks for the 2021 Spring Venture Program: The Build It track, designed for students at more advanced stages of building an organization around their products and services, and the Start It track, focused on helping students develop ideas at their earliest stages.

Of the 427 ventures accepted into the Harvard Innovation Labs Spring Venture Program, 121 were chosen as semi-finalists for the President’s Innovation Challenge, a call to action for students and select alumni pursuing ventures that push the boundaries of their fields. Throughout the spring, they’re challenged not only to better understand individual and community needs, but to become better leaders, colleagues, and human beings. In May, finalists compete for $510,000 in prizes, funded entirely by a generous gift from the Bertarelli Foundation.

Read the list of 121 President’s Innovation Challenge semi-finalists, and learn more about all of the 427 ventures in the Harvard Innovation Labs Venture Program, here.