Come Participate in The HBAP Ideation Journey!

Every entrepreneur has a unique story about why they decided to start a business. Some people have known for a while that they’ve wanted to work for themselves, some may discover an unmet need while working at their companies, and others may serendipitously encounter a novel idea through their conversations with friends, classmates, mentors and colleagues.

The HBAP startup ideation and networking activity is designed to provide HBAP immersion participants a novel opportunity to begin the startup ideation journey, by honing in on your knowledge, experiences, and business analytics skills to brainstorm innovative ideas that business analytics tools or applications can help address.

The activity consists of five phases:

  1. Short individual idea brainstorming activity (Due January 12, at 5pm ET), completed via Qualtrics
  2. HBAP ideation journey activity at the January immersion (January 13 from 12-1:30pm ET): this activity will provide you with the opportunity to share and exchange ideas with other HBAPers, solicit feedback and network contacts to help you articulate your ideas, while getting to know other fantastic students from both immersions. 
  3. Post-ideation activity Zoom meet-ups (Dates/Times TBD): after the activity, we will provide you with different opportunities to meet with other HBAPers who share similar interests and activities during informal meet-up sessions. The first will be held at the immersion happy hour on Jan 13 at 7:15-8:15PM. 
  4. Idea submissions to Ideation Platform (Due February 7, at 11:55pm ET): all participants in the HBAP ideation journey will be invited to submit their ideas to the ideation platform as individuals or with other HBAP teammates (see here for September 2020’s submissions). 
  5. HBAP community crowdvoting (Opens week of February 15): Lastly, all ideas will be voted upon by the over 1,000 HBAPers in our community to select the top ideas to help these teams pursue and take their ideas forward! 

The top ideas and teams will have the chance to participate in 1-on-1 coaching/mentoring sessions with HBS faculty, as well as leading entrepreneurs and VCs in innovation, AI and tech.

Mentors/coaches include:

  • Your HBS Profs Karim Lakhani, Jeff Polzer and Ayelet Israeli
  • Doug Levin: Founder of Black Duck Software and Ayeah Games
  • Rob May: General Partner at PJC and former CEO and co-founder of Talla
  • JP Milciunas: Entrepreneur-in-residence at Accelerator Ventures and former four-time CEO
  • John Winsor: CEO and founder of Open Assembly, and Founder of Radar Communications
  • Vladimir Jacimovic: CEO and founder of Continuum Capital Partners