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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Venture Incubation Program?

What is the President’s Innovation Challenge?

What is the difference between the Venture Incubation Program and the President's Innovation Challenge?

What are the application criteria? Who is eligible to apply to the Venture Incubation Program and the Challenge?

What kinds of ventures are a good fit for the Venture Incubation Program and the Challenge?

I have a venture that is already a growing or thriving business. Can we apply to the Venture Incubation Program, or is it just for brand-new ventures?

How is the President’s Innovation Challenge judged?

What are the prizes for the President's Innovation Challenge?

If my team is already in the Venture Incubation Program (or if we have been in the past), do we need to reapply this semester to be considered for the President's Innovation Challenge?

I have a great idea for a venture, but I haven’t started working on it yet. Should I apply?

I have an idea, but I don’t have a team. Can I apply as just one person?

I’ve already entered this idea in another contest or challenge, can I still enter the President’s Innovation Challenge?

Does Harvard own the intellectual property (IP) associated with my proposal?

I’m not a Harvard student. Can I find a Harvard student to join my team so that we would be eligible?

Can I meet with staff at the i-lab to discuss my application?

Can we submit supplemental materials such as our pitch deck or written business plan?

What are some common reasons that Venture Incubation Program applications are NOT accepted?

What are some common reasons that Renewal Venture Incubation Program applicants are not accepted?

How is the Summer Venture Incubation Program different from the Fall or Spring Venture Incubation Program?