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i3 INNOVATION CHALLENGE

 harvard's premier Student startup competition


PAST EVENT: FINAL SHOWCASE & AWARD CEREMONY

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018

The 2018 Harvard College i3 Innovation Challenge: Award Ceremony & Startup Showcase celebrated the 11th annual group of student-founders. 

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Networking Reception & Startup Showcase

6:30 pm - 6:45 pm: Keynote Speaker: Pat Petitti, CEO of Catalant Technologies

6:45 pm - 7:15 pm: Winners announced

The Keynote Speaker for the night is Pat Petitti, CEO of Catalant Technologies, the leading technology platform delivering elite business talent.

Based in Boston, Catalant serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 1000 companies like GE, Pfizer and Staples, as well as countless others. Catalant has built a global network of more than 27,000 boutique consulting firms, custom teams, and independent experts, as well as best-in-class software tools for engaging and managing this market. Petitti received his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a Bostonian born and raised.

The 2018 i3 Innovation Challenge is co-hosted by The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard and the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard.

 
 

PAST EVENT: SEMI-FINAL PITCH EVENT

TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2018

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. 

 

MEET THE 2018 SEMI-FINAL JUDGES:

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ROB MAY

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.

Paul Holliman

PAUL HOLLIMAN

Paul Holliman is the Vice President of Sales at the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Paul Holliman joined Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 30 year ago. He has held many positions, including Vice President, Strategic Planning, VP Worldwide Operations, and VP Assistant General Sales Manager.

Paul has played a key role in the introduction of IMAX, Digital 3-D, and Digital Cinema to global motion picture theatres. He serves on the advisory board for Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneer Foundation, is a past VP and board member of Variety: the Children’s Charity of Southern California. He is VP of the Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, and a technology advisor to Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition, which is a network of satellite systems for cinema. Paul is an active angel investor and often speaks on angel investing and portfolio theory.

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STEPHANIE KAPLAN

Stephanie Kaplan is the co-founder & CEO of Her Campus Media, the #1 media brand for college women and 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, EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women, and more. Stephanie is a 2010 graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in psychology and minored in economics.  Her Campus has been completely bootstrapped and profitable since its launch in 2009, when it was a winner in Harvard's i3 Innovation Challenge.

Zachary Quinn

ZACHARY QUINN

Zachary Quinn is the President and co-founder of Love Your Melon, an apparel brand dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the lives of children battling cancer. He founded Love Your Melon in 2012 in a college entrepreneurship class at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Today, Love Your Melon offers an expanded line of merchandise including its flagship product, knit beanies. Love Your Melon products are made in the USA and 50% of profit is given to the company’s nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer. To date, Love Your Melon has given over 125,000 hats to children battling cancer and more than 4.3 million dollars to cancer research initiatives and support programs.

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SAM VAGHAR

Sam Vaghar is the Executive Director and Co-founder of The Millennium Campus Network (MCN), a global student network addressing humanity’s greatest challenges.  Sam’s deeply held belief in youth leadership is informed by MCN’s programs which have engaged students from 300 universities worldwide, and by his own experience as a student leader co-founding MCN in his dorm room a decade ago.  Under Sam’s leadership, the MCN convenes and trains over 1,000 campus leaders annually through its conference, Fellowship, and campaigns.

As MCN’s Executive Director, Sam represents MCN on the global stage, sharing MCN with US PresidentsUS Embassies, the UN, and with CEOs of the world's leading companies and foundations. In 2011, Sam was invited by the State Department as the featured speaker in a tour across Bosnia and Herzegovina. During that summer Sam met with President Barack Obama in the Roosevelt Room at the White House to share perspectives of US youth leaders.  In recognition of his leadership, Sam was selected for the 2012 list of the “Top 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33″ by The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.  Through his talks on youth leadership and social impact, Sam has directly engaged over 25,000 people at over 100 institutions worldwide.

 

 

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2018 i3 Dates and Events

  1. Kickoff event and info session:  February 5, 2018
  2. Written applications close: February 14, 2018
  3. Semifinalists announced: February 28, 2017
  4. Semifinalist pitch to judging panels:  March 27, 2018
  5. Finalist showcase and winners announced:  April 18, 2018