The Black New Venture Competition, held at Harvard Business School, seeks to promote community for early-stage ventures founded by black entrepreneurs (Image credit: HBS AASU)

“Being an entrepreneur is a masochistic love, one that requires relentless passion and devotion to the startup. If you embark on the journey, make sure it’s something you want to do through and through.” This is part of the advice to entrepreneurs from Cheryl Campos, one of the semi-finalist judges of the Black New Venture Competition held at the Harvard Business School on February 28–29, 2020.

A new initiative of the HBS African-American Student Union (AASU), the Black New Venture Competition (BNVC) aims to connect promising early-stage Black entrepreneurs with resources to develop their ventures into dynamic powerhouses. The event…


Please Assist Me offers a personal home assistant at your fingertips. Residents can come home to everything done, freeing them up for what really matters. Partner properties can provide personalized service for modern living. Learn more at https://www.pleaseassistme.com/.

Please Assist Me was a finalist at the Black New Venture Competition. Learn more about the BNVC here.

Stephanie Cummings is Please Assist Me’s co-founder and CEO.

Stephanie Cummins pitching Please Assist Me at the Black New Venture Competition, February 29, 2020 (Image credit: HBS AASU)

HBS Entrepreneurship Club: Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

Stephanie Cummings: No. *laughing* I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was working a 9–5 corporate job but knew that…


Kliit is a digital health platform dedicated to enabling multicultural women to talk to trusted sexual and reproductive health experts about their health, including OBGYN’s, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Sex therapists, and other women’s health clinicians. For more information, visit https://www.kliit.com/.

Kliit recently won the Audience Choice Award at the Black New Venture Competition. Learn more about the BNVC here.

Crystal Euvelocha is the CEO and Co-founder of Kliit.

Crystal Euvelocha pitching Kliit Health at the Black New Venture Competition, February 29, 2020 (Image credit: HBS AASU)

HBS Entrepreneurship Club: Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

Crystal Euvelocha: I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I don’t think I’ve ever really fit into a typical work…


Coverr provides working capital customized for independent contractors of up to $1,500, giving them cover for the unexpected: business expenses, emergencies, work supplies, and more. Applications take ten minutes, and are approved within two hours. Learn more at https://www.getcoverr.com/about.

Coverr recently won the Google for Startups Innovators Award at the Black New Venture Competition. Learn more about the BNVC here.

Kobina Ansah is Coverr’s founder.

Kobina Ansah pitching Coverr at the Black New Venture Competition, February 29, 2020 (Image credit: HBS AASU)

HBS Entrepreneurship Club: Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

Kobina Ansah: I think I always wanted to be a business owner. I don’t know that I knew the term entrepreneur so…


Fleeting connects CDL drivers with on-demand trucking jobs. As a driver, you can make as much money as an owner-operator without owning a truck. Meanwhile, carriers can access qualified CDL drivers when they need them. For more information, visit https://www.fleetingpro.com/.

Fleeting recently won the Grand Prize at the Black New Venture Competition. Learn more about the BNVC here.

Pierre Laguerre is Fleeting’s founder and CEO.

Pierre Laguerre at the Black New Venture Competition, February 29, 2020 (Image credit: HBS AASU)

HBS Entrepreneurship Club: Did you always want to be an entrepreneur?

Pierre Laguerre: No. I wanted to become a doctor.

HE: So what caused that shift?

PL: I was born and raised in Haiti. I…


TracFlo is a predictive financial management platform empowering America’s best contractors. It offers a streamlined centralized process for tracking time, tickets, and change orders, while allowing users to better organize workers, projects and clients all in one place. Learn more at https://tracfloapp.com/.

TracFlo recently won the Grand Prize at the Black New Venture Competition. Learn more about the BNVC here.

Khalid David is TracFlo’s founder and CEO.

Khalid David at the Black New Venture Competition, Feb 29, 2020 (Image credit: HBS AASU)

HBS Entrepreneurship Club: Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

Khalid David: I don’t know if I’d say it was always. College is when I really started to discover and…


Hikma Health is a nonprofit medical technology start-up that was recently awarded the grand prize at Harvard Business School’s 22nd Annual New Ventures Competition. The HBS eClub recently chatted with one of Hikma Health’s earliest members and Chief Research Officer, Jordan Lebovic, to learn more about how Hikma manages its growing team of volunteers, his advice for pitch competitions, and how he manages to pursue his passions while maintaining a demanding workload.

Jordan is an MD/MBA candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School, who conducts Orthopedic Surgery research at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His…


The HBS Entrepreneurship Club is starting the year with a series of articles written by Fellows from Pear VC. They’ll cover a wide range of topics from the US Seed stage venture landscape to predictions for the year and deepdives on building your startup on blockchain and cloud hosting!

This feature is authored by Pear VC Fellow Mei Tao.

Questions or ideas? Reach out to Jad — Pear Fellow and HBS Entrepreneurship club’s leadership team.

You are working through a business plan on a community-based electricity crowdsourcing platform, or brainstorming ideas on how to make election voting more secure and…


The HBS Entrepreneurship Club is starting the year with a series of articles written by Fellows from Pear VC. They’ll cover a wide range of topics from the US Seed stage venture landscape to predictions for the year and deepdives on building your startup on blockchain and cloud hosting!

This feature is authored by Pear VC Fellow John Keck.

Questions or ideas? Reach out to Jad — Pear Fellow and HBS Entrepreneurship club’s leadership team.

If you’ve ever looked in to hosting an application in the cloud you’ve undoubtedly been bombarded by a neverending alphabet soup of acronyms.

AWS, EC2…


The HBS Entrepreneurship Club is starting the year with a series of articles written by Fellows from Pear VC. They’ll cover a wide range of topics from the US Seed stage venture landscape to predictions for the year and deepdives on building your startup on blockchain and cloud hosting!

This feature is authored by Pear VC Fellow Jad Esber.

Questions or ideas? Reach out to Jad — Pear Fellow and HBS Entrepreneurship club’s leadership team.

1. Kim Kardashian to co-invest with Sequoia?

There’s a clear trend toward fewer and larger investments in companies, with US annual funding hitting $99.5B amid falling deal activity. Interestingly, more of these…

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