Date: Mar 07, 2023Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Save the Date – HBS Alumni New Venture Competition New York / Northeast U.S. Region Final Pitch Event (in person)

Tue, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Alumni OnlyAlumni Startups


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.



AJ Plotkin (MBA 2004)

Partner, ffVC

Prior to ffVC, Adam spent several years in business development, advisory and operational roles with several startups in New York and Los Angeles. Adam was the first hire at Lake Baldwin Management, a Princeton, New Jersey opportunistic hedge fund, where he was a generalist investor, managing an array of public and private market investments. Adam began his career at Goldman Sachs in the Leveraged Finance Group, and in the Risk Markets Group.

He grew up in New Jersey, where he operated a Commodore-64 based BBS before Middle School.

Adam holds a M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School. He also holds Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Applied Sciences, and Bachelor of Science in Economics degrees at the University of Pennsylvania.


Ana Kertesz (MBA 2002)

N.Y. / Northeast U.S. aNVC '23 Team Lead

Ana Kertesz has 25 years of combined experience as an investor, executive, entrepreneur and board member with a successful track record in business launch & growth, funding, mergers & acquisitions, private equity & venture capital, partnerships, cross border transactions, content & community and building high performance teams, in her tenure at Goldman Sachs, biotechnology company Amyris, family office Peninsula, and her startup HOWto.LIVEit. A strong diversity and ESG advocate, Ana has close experience in a multitude of industries, including beauty, wellness, food, biotechnology, education, ed tech, media, retail and clean energy. Ana is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ana lives in the greater NY area with her family.

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Date: Mar 07, 2023Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM


  • Free / General Public
  • Free / Free for Alumni