Based on the great success of the initial pilot of the Harvard Business Analytics Program (HBAP) Pitch competition concept in past immersions, the program will launch a new and improved version of the pitch competition. Our goal is to provide a more supportive experience for all students in HBAP who are interested in the startup space and creating new ventures. This year-long program is designed to guide student-entrepreneurs on their journey with workshops, mentoring, and other resources, as they develop their ideas and prepare them for entry into the HBAP Pitch Competition in Spring 2022. All HBAP students, currently enrolled or alumni, are eligible to participate.

Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, and Harvard Business School Executive Fellow, will lead this effort. Dr. el Kaliouby brings her expertise in starting an AI-based business, bringing AI products to market, business models, and, most importantly, developing and deploying AI with a commitment to ethics, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

View the About page for more information about the process.
View the Leadership page for more information about our team and how to sign up for office hours.
Keep an eye on this space for the latest events, workshops, and opportunities in this journey.

Sign up for the ideation workshop taking place on Friday, June 4, 2021, 12-1:30 p.m. ET. This activity will begin with a short presentation on how diverse interactions can foster innovative solutions – followed by breakouts in small group discussions, organized by people’s interests. HBAP student mentors who have strategized, executed, and delivered on their start-up ideas will facilitate discussions, share their experience, and provide advice.

We are currently in Phase 1 (May-October 2021), where we’ll provide workshops, networking, and guidance as you:

  • Identify a problem/need
  • Develop an idea that solves that need
  • Build your founding team
  • Research your problem space and market fit
  • Determine value creation and measurement
  • Begin prototyping your solution
  • Draft your initial pitch deck