Come join us to launch the inaugural Deans' Health and Life Sciences Challenge! Dr. Richard Lee of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School will speak on the promise of entrepreneurship in the health and life sciences field. Students from across the University will be here to share ideas and find potential team mates. Food and refreshments will be served.
The Deans' Health and Life Sciences Challenge seeks to encourage students from across the university to find entrepreneurial solutions to the task of delivering affordable health to the global population. To make progress, we will need to work across boundaries, bringing together people, ideas, disciplines and perspectives from across the globe. We can think of no better place than Harvard to assemble teams that will rise to this challenge!
The four focus areas are redesign of health delivery; changing behavior; computation and data analysis in therapy discovery, personalized medicine and public health; and stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Up to eight finalist teams will receive $5,000, expert mentorship and working space at the i-lab to help nurture and grow their ideas. A grand prize of $75,000 in prize money and summer residency at the i-lab will be distributed among a winning team and runners-up.
The i-lab will play an active role as host to the teams as they develop and refine their ideas, assisting students by hosting workshops, providing guidance, and giving them access to our resources and facility throughout the Challenge.
To learn more, visit the Challenge website.
Note: The i-lab provides transportation services between the i-lab and the Harvard Square and Longwood campuses (trackable via the Shuttle Tracker system) to ensure easy access for undergraduate and graduate students. MBTA bus and subway service also provides access to the facility, and the use of Zipcars and bikes will be encouraged to help contribute to the sustainability of the environment.
Metered parking is available for $1.25 per hour in the i-lab parking lot (entrance on Western Ave to the west of the i-lab) and by the day in the Harvard Business School parking lot. Free parking is also available on Western Ave.
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Harvard Innovation Labs
The Harvard Innovation Labs consist of a vibrant, cross-disciplinary ecosystem for the Harvard community to explore innovation and entrepreneurship while building deeper connections. It is an excellent example of the One Harvard vision and a leading catalyst for the Allston Science and Enterprise District. The Innovation Labs fosters unprecedented collaboration among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston communities.
The Harvard i-lab is the central component of the Harvard Innovation Labs. It is an educational collaborative for all current Harvard students from any Harvard school to explore innovation and entrepreneurship at any stage. It provides open co-working space, a vibrant community of peer and mentor support, experiential programming, and a 12-week Venture Incubation Program, helping student teams take their ideas further, faster.
The Launch Lab is a critical extension of the growing Harvard Innovation Labs. It provides eligible Harvard alumni leading high-potential early-stage startups with a curated community including collaborative co-working space, business building programming, and access to i-lab advisors and mentors. It fosters continued connection between alumni, current students, and the Harvard community as a whole.
The Harvard Life Lab is a curated community, providing eligible Harvard alumni, faculty and students leading high-potential early-stage life sciences startups with a fully equipped wet lab, collaborative co-working space, business building programming, and access to the entire Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem.