Date: Dec 18, 2020Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Info Session / Happy Hour for Entrepreneurs – Learn About the Application Process – Alumni New Venture Competition (Virtual)

Fri, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Zoom Meeting (Information to be sent to Registrants)
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Are you an innovator or early stage entrepreneur? We know how busy you are. Take a break to learn about the NVC application process.

Hear from our local NVC Leadership Team about key dates, strategy and more during an informal zoom happy hour on December 18.

What is NVC?

The Northeast U.S./New York Region invites you to participate in this year’s New Venture Competition Alumni Track (aNVC). The New Venture Competition Alumni Track serves as a launch pad for innovative new ventures from HBS alumni, providing access and exposure to potential investors, mentors, and advisors. The annual event is sponsored by the Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Alumni Clubs & Associations. The competition is open to alumni with early-stage ventures, and winners receive an invitation to the Global Finals Round and NVC Finale.

The Harvard Business School Club of New York Alumni Startups NVC Committee will provide experienced HBS Alumni Mentors to all applicants and will select the top applications to pitch their ventures to our panel of judges at the New Venture Regional Finals.

Benefits of participating:

  • Opportunity to claim the 2021 HBS Northeast U.S./New York Region NVC title
  • Receive valuable feedback on your business plan from HBS alumni advisers
  • Meet and present to qualified investors
  • Meet other Northeast U.S./New York Region entrepreneurs & potential HBS mentors
  • Chance to move onto the Global Competition and win $75,000 for 1st prize, $25,000 for runner up or $5,000 “Crowd Favorite”




Charlie Andersen '14

CEO, Burro

Featured Alum Speaker Charlie Andersen ’14 went through the NVC process two times, first in 2017, and second in 2019.

In 2017 he was working full time, trying to figure out how to build a robotics business, and failed miserably while learning immensely from an incredible group. The second time his team tried, they faired far better. Since and in part as a result of the competition, his company, Augean Robotics, has raised nearly $4M in venture funding from several VCs including S2G, FFVC, Radicle, Xplorer, SVG Ventures/Thrive, The Fund, and Asimov, and scaled their team to 13 people.

Their launch product, Burro, is a computer-vision-based collaborative robot that is used to help people work more productively in some of the most labor-intensive crops, including things like table grapes and berries. This year was their first year of commercial use – a huge hurdle for an autonomy company.

Today, their autonomous Burro robots have traveled 8000+ autonomous miles in commercial use, generally 6 days a week running dawn to dusk, and they are now taking orders on their newest generation 7 robots. The team believes that people-scale robots akin to Wall-E will soon be reality, and that they begin as our collaborative Burro robots today, helping people work more productively now, while constantly learning and laying the base for progressively more expansive autonomy.

If you’d like to learn more about us, visit, or join the session to meet Charlie!


Date Time

Date: Dec 18, 2020Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Zoom Meeting (Information to be sent to Registrants)1460 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
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Ziyad Aljarboua, Charles Andersen, Devon Branch-Elliman, John Carrier, John Carrier, Jessica Cohen, Stephen Dreskin, Mehak Dua, Richard Eisert, Pierre Estey, Marissa Fetter Hochster, Steven Gee, Stylianos Hatzakis, Marissa Hochster, Daven Johnson, Vini Kaul, Karim Kobeissi, Alexander Kogan, Sheng-Dong Liu, Avery Mela, Kathleen Murray, Anand Pathuri, Jason Patton, Arthur Petrou, Erin Russell, Arash Shadpour, Margaret Shiverick, Deb Singer, Boris Tsimerinov, Jannine Versi, Nina Wanerman, Andrea Zapatka, fernanda chaves, george couto, Michael de la Force, mark goldman

Zoom Meeting (Information to be sent to Registrants)

1460 Broadway, New York, NY, 10036