HIVE Pitch Competition

Each year, HIVE (Harvard GSE Innovation & Ventures in Education) hosts the HIVE Pitch Competition, inviting teams of students from across Harvard University to present innovative solutions to current problems in education. This event serves as the keystone in an arc of annual HIVE programming intended to generate new ideas, new collaborations, and new ventures.

Through generous support from HILT, we’re able to offer $10,000 in prizes to the competition winners, to help fuel next steps in their entrepreneurial journeys.

Keep in mind that the deadline for applications is February 24, 2018. To learn more about HIVE and stay informed about events leading up to the competition, you can fill out this HIVE Pitch Competition interest form and sign up for the HIVE weekly newsletter at

2018 Pitch Competition Details

Important Dates

  • 1/25 – HIVE Pitch Competition Info Session, 5:30pm @ Launchpad, Gutman Library (3rd floor)
  • 2/7 – Business Plan Review Night, 5pm @Launchpad, Gutman Library (3rd floor)
  • 2/24 – Applications due, 11:59pm
  • Early March, exact dates TBD – Practice Your Pitch (for 10 selected finalists)
  • 3/20 – HIVE Pitch Competition, 6:30pm @ Harvard Innovation Lab

Qualifications for Pitch Competition

  • Have an idea for an innovative solution to a current problem in education
  • Must have secured less than $20,000 in funding
  • At least one team member is affiliated with Harvard

  • Apply here.
  • Applications will be accepted until February 24, 2018 at 11:59pm Eastern.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Finalists will be notified in early March.

2016 Highlights

The Winners of 2016 HIVE Pitch Competition

And lastly, enormous congratulations to the winning teams:

The Winners of 2016 HIVE Pitch Competition

Winners: CubbyCase - Freg Ge, Pei-Yu Yang, Randa Awada, Lara Sun, Catherine Kang
Runners-up: Career Mirror - Emily Showmaker, Maryam Alemi, Sam McCabe, Saksham Uppal
2nd Runners-up: StoryBridge - Sylvie Wong, Quinn Lockwood, Zihan Li
Audience choice: EmPath - Tony Emerson, Des Floyd, Main Marei


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About the Pitch Competition

Each year, HIVE hosts the HIVE Pitch Competition which brings together teams of students and alumni from across Harvard University and beyond to present innovative solutions to current problems in education. Past winners of the competition have included Socrative, a mobile student response system, FuelEd, a training program that equips teachers with the social and emotional competencies necessary to establish high-quality relationships in schools, and Room2learn, a platform and design consultancy that tailors school spaces to learning and teaching needs.