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 with 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. After formulating your initial ideas, participants will have the opportunity to share and iterate on these ideas with other HBAPers in small group feedback and networking sessions. During these sessions, you’ll be developing your ideas while getting to know other students from both immersions 1 and 2.

The activity will culminate in having participants submit their promising ideas to the HBAP ideation platform (opens on Sept. 11). After the submission window closes, ideas will be evaluated via HBAP community voting and we will be giving away enticing seed prizes to the top ideas to help these teams pursue and propel the ideas forward!

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

Prof. Karim Lakhani 

Prof. Jeff Polzer

Prof. Ayelet Israeli

Vladimir Jacimovic: Founder of Continuum Capital Partners

Doug Levin: Founder and First CEO of Black Duck Software

Rob May: General Partner at PJC

John Paul Milciunas: Entrepreneur-in-residence at Accelerator Ventures

Rudina Seseri: Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures and Venture Partner at the Rock Center, HBS

John Winsor: Founder and CEO of Open Assembly