HBS Alumni New Venture Competition: Final Four Faceoff
Best HBS Alumni New Ventures Teams go Head to Head in Final Showdown

Date: March 28, 2012
: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
: HBS - Spangler Auditorium, Reception in Williams Room


Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the Final Four HBS alumni teams in the New England New Venture Competition. Thirty-five teams have competed. We are now down to the Final Four.

The Final Four will make their 30 minute pitches to a panel of well-known investor & CEO judges.  It will be an exciting and fun-filled evening as these teams who have already made it through two prior rounds have their last opportunity to impress the judges and the audience.

What’s on the line for these teams?  The winning team gets $10K in cash, entry into the HBS Worldwide Venture Competition, fast track into the Mass Challenge venture competition, exposure to the investor community and ongoing counseling from experts in legal, accounting and other issues critical to start-up ventures.  You can be sure that all of these teams, each of which has at least one HBS alum on its core team, will be putting their best foot forward.

As of this writing, early-stage venture teams have entered from a variety of fields including:
  • software
  • biotechnology
  • social media
  • apparel
  • beverages
  • food
  • e-commerce
  • healthcare

See firsthand how the final four teams deal with critical issues such as:
  • defining the problem they are solving
  • building a strong team
  • finding the money
  • building a defensible strategy
  • reaching a target market
  • scaling the opportunity

Audience members will give direct feedback to the judging panel on who they think is the winning team.

This promises to be a prime networking opportunity for all those who are interested in entrepreneurial activity in the Greater Boston area and throughout New England.  See you on the 28th!!

New Venture Contest Judges
 Joe Caruso
       Jeffrey Glass
     Hambleton Lord
 Akhil Nigam
Gus Weber
Bantam Group
Bain Ventures

Managing Partner
Launchpad Venture Group

Founder and President

Entrepreneur in Residence
Dog Patch Lab


Roberts Wineware, Inc.

Roberts Wineware develops and markets wine glasses and other drinkware which feature its patented Taste Stimulating Technology.


Birchbox for cultural connection and exploration - Participate authentically in your heritage

TrophoMax, LLC

TrophoMax is an agricultural Biotech firm. It is developing patented technology based around a naturally occurring bacteria to improve plant growth and increase yield.

Social Butter

Social Butter allows social network users to aggregate popular social media streams into one place, while at the same time being rewarded for spreading targeted advertising messages through their social network.

Summaries of all 22 business plans are on the HBSAB web site - Click Here.



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      Additional Details
Date: March 28, 2012

4:30 - 5:00 PM Registration
5:00 - 7:30 PM Team Presentations & Judging
7:30 – 8:30 PM Reception with Light Dinner, Wine and Beer

Place: Presentations - Auditorium
Reception - Williams Room
HBS, SPANGLER (Map/Directions)
Parking: Parking is included, HBS Campus Lot. Enter Batten Way or Gorden Road Entrance - see map

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Event Information
Wednesday, Mar 28 2012
4:30pm - 8:30pm [ iCal ]
HBS, SPANGLER (see details in description)
60 Harvard Way
Boston, MA 02163

Look Who's Coming:
Kate Asher
Stuart Berzin
The Sharma Group - Merrill Lynch
Elaine Boltz
Jim Boyer
Bob Bray
Bob Bray
The Bray Group
Marcelo Burbano
Team: UrGift.in
Patricia Carr
Joe Caruso
Bantam Group
John Cavanaugh
Brooke Colella
Sandy Creighton
Michael Cronin
Weston Presidio
Sean Dalton
Highland Capital Partners
Robert DeNoble
Chad Donvito
Michael Fater
Team: Social Butter
Kevin Fisher
Dartmouth Research & Consulting
Theresa Fong
Nipia LLC
Margaret Fox
Randall Fuller
Allen Fullerton
Matt Gannon
Team: Social Butter
Yi Gao
Alexander Gimpelson
Jeffrey Glass
Bain Ventures
Brian Goldstein
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
Jack Henry Grannis-Phoenix
Eric Groft
Team: 425 Cheeses
Matthew Hannon
Team: Social Butter
David Harris
Janda Associates
Dave Hoch
Bart Howe
Team: Ubiquitous Energy
Ajit Jhangiani
Charles Johnson
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
Steve Kahn
Team: TrophoMax
Eric Kaviar
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks PC
Alex Kayyal
Team: TableZest
Christopher Keefe
Nixon Peabody LLP
Brian Kelley
Cambridge Trust
Joel G. Kinney
Fort Point Legal
Andrew Knott
Stephanie Koczela
Rick Krementz
Peter Kroon
Ronald Kutrieb
Lauren Landry
Alexandra Laurita
Theodore Laurita
Christina Licursi
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks PC
Hambleton Lord
Launchpad Venture Group
Robert MacArthur
Team: EcoValuePoints
Jim McQuade
Clockwork Recruiting
Eric Mellin
Team: 425 Cheeses
Karthik Narasimhan
Mugdha Narasimhan
Mugdha Narasimhan
Team: Sanaya
Tony Navarro
Team: TableZest
Janet Nicholas
Paul Nicholas
Akhil Nigam
Judy Pagliuca
Indira Patel
Avni Patel Thompson
Team: Sanaya
Janet Pendelton
Stephen Perry
Christine Phillpotts
Tarlin Ray
Ana Victoria Ricaurte
Team: UrGift.in
Robert Ristagno
Darrol Roberts
Team: Roberts Wineware
Marty Rowland
Jerry Schaufeld
Hillary Sieber
Joe Sieber
Alex Steinbergh
Robert Steingart
Charlie Stolper
Pivotal Strategies LLC
Bob Sullivan
Team: TradeGrouper
Ed Sullivan
Jim Sullivan
Team: TradeGrouper
Matt Svetich
Joe Thompson
Gongleue Trang
Saeko Tsuchihashi
Russ Vanderpool
Fusedata Consulting
Tom Walker
Paris Wallace
Ed Walsh
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks PC
Eric Wanta
Team: EcoValuePoints
Gus Weber
Dog Patch Lab
Lew Weinstein
BSG Team Ventures
Rick Williams
The Equity Company
Shiqiang Xie
Robert Zakon
Zakon Productions
... a total of 95 guests.