Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest 2012 - Social Venture Track


Entry forms due



Competition Organizer

Harvard Business School; HBS Social Enterprise Initiative

Local US Event
Boston, MA
Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
Who's Eligible

Open to students enrolled in a full-time graduate degree program at Harvard University. Teams may include non-Harvard students, as long as at least one student attends Harvard and the team is composed of a majority of Harvard graduate students.

Business plans submitted to this competition must be projects that focus on the creation of social value in a significant and sustained manner.

Important Dates

Teams must submit a Contest Entry Form by December 14, 2011. Executive summaries are due on March 22, 2012. A semi-final round of judging will take place on April 12, 2012, after which finalist teams will be selected. Contest finals and awards ceremony will take place on April 24, 2012.

Competition Prizes

Grand prize winner: $25,000 cash, $25,000 in in-kind services

Runner-up: $10,000 cash, $10,000 in in-kind services

Other Info

Students may choose to enter either the Business Venture Track, or the Social Venture Track for enterprises with an explicitly social agenda. Because some of the dates and deadlines differ, we've added the Business Venture Track as a separate competition.