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Startup Masterclass


presented by harvard student agencies

4.29.2017

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Startup Masterclass


presented by harvard student agencies

4.29.2017

 

LEARN FROM THE BEST.

Unlike traditional pitch competitions, the Startup Masterclass was designed with engagement and education in mind.  Promising startups spearheaded by Harvard students will present their ideas to a panel of world class experts with backgrounds in entrepreneurship ranging from venture capital to academia. 

Following the presentation, panelists will engage in an interactive feedback session in front of a live audience for up to 30 minutes with each startup.  The entire process is a valuable learning experience for both startups and observers.

In its inaugural year, the Startup Masterclass will invite four student startups to present to a panel that features guests from Andreessen Horowitz, Volition Capital, and XFund.

 

Why Masterclass


Why Masterclass


MORE THAN JUST A PITCH

Originally conceived by the world-renowned pianist Franz Liszt, the masterclass is a common method of teaching used by the foremost experts in classical music. Students perform selected works in front of a maestro, who in turn offers advice, anecdotes, and demonstrations to help students improve their skills, all in front of an audience. The masterclass seeks to engage students and audiences alike in a compelling format that combines education with entertainment. We at HSA believed this would be the perfect medium to apply to the context of entrepreneurship and, as a result, adapted it in an effort to support the next generation of student startup leaders.

 


QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

In a traditional pitch competition, time constraints often require presentations and feedback to be brief and one-sided.  Audience members never get a chance to fully understand or engage with participating startups.  Startup Masterclass is different.  By limiting our field to four startups and setting aside an ample 30 minutes for each, Startup Masterclass aims to foster constructive and engaging feedback in a back-and-forth manner between startups and panelists.


LEARN FROM THE BEST

Masterclass panelists have filled a variety of roles throughout their careers, ranging from venture capitalists to serial entrepreneurs.  All experts in their fields, their feedback will offer experienced insight from a variety of perspectives into what makes a startup succeed, what investors look for in a growing company, and more.  Their feedback will prove interesting whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, a Shark Tank enthusiast, or anywhere in between!