With a new semester means a new round of funding for a lucky crop of Harvard Business School ventures. The School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship has announced the 10 teams walking away with $5,000 each as part of the renamed Rock Accelerator Award Program.
Formerly known as the “MVP Fund,” the award centers around the lean startup methodology, an idea made popular by HBS Entrepreneur-in-Residence Eric Ries. The program–focused on rapid prototyping–helps students push their ideas forward in the most effective, time efficient way possible.
Eight teams received funding last semester, and were required to meet with a mentor on a monthly basis, as well as attend a monthly gathering of all Rock Accelerator teams.
“This is a great opportunity in the market today for entrepreneurs who have the courage and capability to articulate a compelling vision and to work to experiment and validate their hypotheses,” said Meredith McPherron, director of the Arthur Rock Center, in a press release.
With the School’s New Venture Competition coming up this spring, this is also an opportunity for students to refine their pitch and business model before standing in front of a panel of judges.
For a look at who you could see in the Competition, check out the 10 winning teams below, with descriptions provided by HBS.
Booya Fitness — (Prita Kumar and Savannah Sachs, both HBS ’14) Booya Fitness is an online platform for on-demand fitness videos created by high-end gyms and instructors.
EdFolio — (Eve Lebwohl, HBS ’13, Graham North and Sam Jacoby) EdFolio is an online platform that allows students to discover online courses, consolidate academic achievements, and convey those achievements to schools, employers, and recruiters.
EngagedHealth — (Andrew Kaplan, Justin Oppenheimer and Daniel Stein, all HBS ’13) EngagedHealth is a unique post-hospitalization service that addresses psychosocial issues in underserved patient populations to improve patient outcomes, reduce hospital readmissions, and reduce system costs.
CareSolver — (Shana Hoffman and Arick Morton, both HBS ’14, and Grant Hamm) CareSolver is a healthcare technology startup helping family/informal caregivers provide better, more coordinated care to aging relatives and loved ones living at home.
Hypeli — (Stephanie Frias and Shereen Khanuja, both HBS ’13) Hypeli is an online marketplace that uses video to showcase emerging performance talent to increase their exposure to potential employers.
Lingua — (Michael Monagle and Anna Ying, both HBS ’14) Lingua is a language education solution that reinvigorates language learning by providing students with immersion-based experiences that enable them to build practical and effective conversation skills.
myProxy — (Amy Flaster, Azalea Kim, and Margaret Terry, all HBS ’13) myProxy is a web-based platform that provides a simple and streamlined way for patients to legally and securely designate a health care proxy and document preferences for end-of-life care.
Quickstor — (Rebecca Greene and Todd Rudnianyn, both HBS ’13) Quickstor is a mobile platform for self-storage rental intended to make it easier for customers to obtain storage units by providing a self-service solution.
SURROUND — (Momchil Filev, HBS ’14) SURROUND is an application technology that allows users to sync multiple Android and iPhone devices to play music together, creating a spontaneous surround-sound experience.
TrackMaze — (Andrei Brasoveanu and Teddie Wardi, HBS ’14) TrackMaze is a sensor-based technology solution designed to track customer shopping habits as they move around a store and feed real-time information back to shop owners.