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2019 i3 Dates and Events:

  1. Written applications open: January 7, 2019

  2. Written applications close: February 13, 2019

  3. Semifinalists announced: March 1, 2019

  4. Semifinalist pitch to judging panels: March 11, 2019

  5. Finalist showcase and winners announced: April 4, 2019


MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019

At this event, semi-finalist teams had 5 minutes to present their project to a panel of judges, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. 



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Rob May is the CEO and Co-founder of Talla, which builds artificially intelligent, digital workers and created BotChain, a blockchain platform for identity and audit of AI bots and RPA software. He is the author of Inside AI, the most popular AI newsletter online, and an active angel investor in the AI space. Previously, Rob was the CEO and Co-founder of Backupify (acquired by Datto in 2014). Before that, he held engineering, business development and management positions at various startups. Rob has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Kentucky.

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Caitlin Reimers Brumme is Managing Director at the startup accelerator MassChallenge. She oversees MC’s flagship program in Boston which accelerates over 100 start-ups a year. Prior to Mass Challenge, Caitlin led the Impact Collaboratory at HBS, an effort to develop world-class academic leadership, including sustainable, ESG and impact investing. Caitlin also worked at Social Finance US where she led the first state-issued social impact “bond;” in consulting at the Parthenon Group and as an analyst at Strategic Value Capital Management, a value-investing hedge fund. Caitlin has a B.A. from Princeton and an MBA HBS. Caitlin is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for Excel Academy Charter Schools, a charter management organization serving East Boston and Chelsea.

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Stephanie Kaplan is the CEO and Co-founder of Her Campus Media, the #1 media brand for college women and a 360-degree college marketing agency, with chapters at 350+ colleges worldwide. She has been named to Inc.’s 30 Under 30, Businessweek’s 25 Under 25, and EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women. Stephanie has a B.A. in psychology from Harvard with a minor in economics. Her Campus has been bootstrapped and profitable since its launch in 2009, when it was a winner in Harvard's i3 Innovation Challenge.



Jack Klinck is Managing Partner at Hyperplane Venture Capital, a fund manager focused on emerging technologies such as machine learning and IoT. Jack is also an active angel and seed stage fintech investor. Jack previously served as CEO of Ouisa/ShareNett, a marketplace for family offices to share and co-invest. He was also EVP and Head of Global Strategy and New Ventures at State Street, where he served on the management committee and founded two business lines. Before joining State Street, Jack was Vice Chairman and President of the Investment Manager Solutions Group at Mellon Financial Corporation. Before joining Mellon, he held various management positions at American Express. Jack has a B.A. from Middlebury and an MBA from Duke.

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Dr. Natalya Bailey is the CEO and Co-Founder of Accion Systems, a company developing advanced in-space propulsion systems for spacecraft. She previously started another space propulsion company focused on micro-chemical rockets for launch. Natalya is on the board of the youth STEM entrepreneurship organization Youth CITIES and a partner at XFactor Ventures. Natalya has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from San Diego State University, a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Duke, and a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, where she developed the foundation for Accion’s technology.

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Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie is Executive Director of Leadership for a Networked World and an Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University (TECH) within SEAS. Antonio conducts research and teaches at the intersection of leadership, technology, and organizational adaptation, leads the development of multiple summits and executive sessions, and since 2004, has developed and taught in more than sixty Harvard-affiliated executive education programs. Antonio has a B.S. in Management and Ethics from Crown College, an MPA with a Business and Government Policy concentration from Harvard, where he focused his studies on leadership, finance, and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and on strategic management, technology, and innovation at the Harvard Business School, and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University.

Emi Gonzalez


Emi Gonzalez founded CheckMate Diabetes, a digital health platform to provide insights and trends to people with diabetes as well as virtual support groups to improve diabetes management. Emi served as a teaching fellow for Harvard’s premier innovation course, ES95r and is the 2019 Director for the i3 Innovation Challenge. Emi is passionate about health equity, founded a non-profit called Indlela and is co-author in two publications related to cardiovascular regeneration in Circulation Research and Nature Communications. She has a B.S in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University.



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2019 i3 Dates and Events

  1. Written applications open: January 7, 2019. APPLY HERE.

  2. Written applications close: February 13, 2019

  3. Semifinalists announced: March 1, 2019

  4. Semifinalist pitch to judging panels: March 11, 2019

  5. Finalist showcase and winners announced: April 4, 2019