Last Updated Apr 30, 2009 1:20 PM EDT
This year's winners were selected earlier this week. Here's a brief look at the winning entries:
The traditional track winner was CloudFare, developed by the team of second-year Harvard MBA students Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn. CloudFlare is a Web security venture that enables small sites (initially 5,000 or fewer unique visitors per month ) to protect themselves from online attacks. "By building a significant user base from small sites, over time our value to large sites increases," Prince and Zatlyn told the HBS student newspaper The Harbus. "In time, we plan to launch services designed for higher traffic Web sites."
The Social Enterprise track was captured by EGG-Tech, whose goal is to provide a battery charging and swapping subscription service in Tanzania, where 35 million people live without electricity and often turn to kerosene as a dangerous substitute. The EGG-Tech team included Emmanuel Cassimatis, Alla Jezmir, and Benjamin Lambert, all member of the HBS MBA Class of 2009, as well as Jamie Yang, a post-doctoral associate at MIT, and MIT doctoral students Jukka Valimaki and Blandine Antoine. "EGG-Tech bridges the last mile by taking electricity at its source-the grid-and packaging it into small, light rechargeable batteries, each about the size of a brick," the founders told The Harbus.
Here is a list of some previous winners, courtesy the HBS Marketing and Communications office:
- Diagnostic-For-All, a nonprofit enterprise that has developed a low-cost, paper-based "lab-on-a-chip" for diagnosing diseases in poor regions around the globe.
- EyeView, which helps Web sites convert visitors into customers.
- Good Start Genetics, which is developing a low-cost, pre-pregnancy test for multiple genetic disorders.
- Finale, a Boston-area chain of four upscale restaurants specializing in fine desserts.
- New Leaders for New Schools, a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving education for all children by attracting and preparing the next generation of outstanding leaders for urban public schools.