Check back here in August 2021 for an updated list of events for the 2021 fall semester!
Events Held in Academic Year 2020 - 2021
Thursday, 04/29/2021, 3~4:30pm EST: e-Festival of Ideas
How can a smartphone app increase trust between law enforcement and private citizens? What about an online database that enables environmental activism? How can we solve complex issues through business? Learn the answers to these questions and more at our e-Festival of Ideas on Thursday, April 29th from 3-4:30 PM ET! From reducing waste through a reusable Amazon packaging system to addressing healthier religious and political discourse, you won’t want to miss the creative solutions these students have to offer. This virtual festival will be a conglomeration of both our LPCE100 students’ final projects as well as our Project Support Program students’ social impact ventures. These students have all put incredible effort into their projects and ventures, so we hope to see you there at this celebration of their work! Please RSVP here, and the Zoom link will be shared with you after you register.
Please see the e-Festival of Ideas event agenda here.
Thursday, 03/25/2021, 3~3:45pm EST: ART+ Climate
Join us for an interdisciplinary conversation that will explore climate change through art, science, and entrepreneurship. The conversation will be moderated by creative producer Nicholas Medvescek and will feature three panelists: artist Allison Maria Rodriguez, scientist Grace Young, and student entrepreneur Rowen VonPlagenhoef. This fireside chat style event will explore topics such as how art can be used to inspire change, some innovations that exist in the climate sector, and how we can enact change ourselves. To learn more about our guests, please visit the ArtLab website. Please RSVP here, and the link will be shared with you after you register.
ART+ is a series that explores how interdisciplinary thinking that prioritizes art and creativity inspires experimental and innovative approaches to tackling complex challenges. ART+ is co-organized by ArtLab and the Lemann Program on Creativity and Entrepreneurship (LPCE) at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.
Please see the event video here.
Thursday, 03/04/2021, from 6-7:00pm EST: LPCE Trivia and Networking Night
You asked for a community night and we are here to deliver. Come one, come all to the LPCE Trivia and Networking Night! Test your knowledge of everything from hit TV shows to classic rock songs to popular novels in this fun-filled evening of indiscriminate information! We’ll be putting everyone into random teams to facilitate networking amongst the LPCE community. There will be two 20 minute rounds of trivia with one 20 minute networking session in between. Please RSVP here, and the link will be sent to you.
[External] Tuesday, 03/02/21, all day: HBS Tech Fellows
As technical and societal challenges become increasingly complex and cross traditional boundaries, leaders who tackle such problems require more than technical skill – they require training in innovation and problem-solving techniques, and the ability to work on interdisciplinary teams.
Made possible by a generous gift from the Roberts Family Foundation, the Fellows program enables a group of 10-15 outstanding Harvard College sophomores and juniors (from any College concentration) to build knowledge, skills, and a community, putting them on a path to launch and lead innovative endeavors – whether this be creating technology startups or leading innovation teams in governmental or non-profit/social organizations. Selected students are known as the Undergraduate Technology Innovation Fellows. Sign up for the info session here
[External] Saturday, 02/27/21, all day: IDEA CON 2021 hosted by Boston University
IDEA CON 2021 is a free, day-long virtual student conference, and we want to extend a warm invitation to you and your students to join us. The target audience is undergraduate and graduate students studying any and everything from tech to business, communications to life sciences, art and design to computer science - anyone who is looking to be inspired by innovative ideas, networking and skills building. Together, we are coaching students to give their 5-Minute IGNITE talks about their businesses and integrating arts infusions into the day through video, interviews and an artist in residence. Registration is open, and, in the first week, close to 400 students signed up from Boston and all over North America. Sign up now on their website!
Friday, 02/26/2021, from 12-1:00pm EST: LPCE’s “The Pitch” workshop as a part of OCS Startup Week
‘Last semester alone, the Lemann Program on Creativity and Entrepreneurship (LPCE) awarded $42,500 to 50 early-stage startups, and we will continue to fund social impact ventures in the coming years. Our mission is to empower and prepare Harvard students to take the lead in solving global challenges by fostering entrepreneurial thinking within liberal arts education. Through studio labs and mentoring, our students develop the entrepreneurial skills and industry connections to move from ideation to solid concept to actionable proposal. As such, the aim of this workshop is to give you inside knowledge about what investors look for in a pitch and a hands-on workshop where you can get our feedback on your 20-second elevator pitch. Register for the workshop on the OCS website.
[External] Thursday, 02/18/21, 11am EST: Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund Virtual Open House
The Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund awards grants to Harvard students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and academic personnel to pursue ideas that seek to strengthen Harvard’s capacity to advance a culture of belonging. Proposals should aim to focus on having a direct connection to the Harvard community and influence the University's trajectory towards sustainable inclusive excellence. Proposals should aim to address critical challenges around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging by identifying innovative and creative solutions that have the potential to catalyze a culture shift at Harvard. For the 2020-21 funding cycle the HCLIF is offering application tracks aligned with various issues of great importance. Applications may be submitted for ideas addressing racial justice, mental health, and rebuilding community. There is also the option to submit an application addressing an area of interest of your choice. Attend the Virtual Open House on February 18th at 11am (EST) to learn more about HCLIF and the exciting funding opportunities. Register here!
[External] Thursday, 02/11/21, 6:30-8pm EST: Social Entrepreneurship 101 with Moses Sam Paul
Join the first session of the new Social Entrepreneurship Workshop Series at Harvard GSAS Business Club, which offers insight into the role of social entrepreneurship in business and society. Think social impact is restricted to the charity sector? Think again! Business-for-good is booming and improving society can go hand in hand with a profitable, scalable business model. This interactive discussion with businessman-turned-social entrepreneur Moses Sam Paul will introduce you to the power of social business and how it can give more meaning to your life and career. Join the Harvard GSAS Business Club on February 11 at 6.30 PM ET to be inspired and have your questions about social innovation answered! Register here!
Friday, 01/22/2021, 9:30-10:30am (ET): ART+ Co-design
Join us for an event featuring Saad Rajan and Vivek Hv, Harvard Masters in Design Engineering graduates who co-founded Naya as their thesis. Naya is a platform for companies and individuals to bring custom furniture design ideas to life. They aspire to change the way we design, create, and consume across products. Through their unique process, creator network, and software suite, they have completed hundreds of projects and have signed customers, including Google, Wayfair, and Herman Miller. The first portion of the event will be devoted to our guest speakers, and the last portion will be a hands-on ideation session with attendees. This event is open to everyone and the Zoom link will be shared after you register. For more information, please visit https://artlab.harvard.edu/event/art-co-design
We also encourage you to spend Wintersession 2021 with the ArtLab, learning how to design and fabricate on a laser cutter. This workshop will be taught remotely and is limited to Harvard College undergraduates. For more information, please visit: https://artlab.harvard.edu/event/wintersession-cutting-edge-cutting-0
ART+ features conversations with artists and innovators who are working on today’s biggest challenges. Each session concludes with an ideation session designed to prepare Harvard students to take the lead in solving global challenges by fostering art and entrepreneurial thinking.
Please see the event video here.
Tuesday, 01/19/2021, 11 - 11:30AM ET: LPCE100 Shopping Week Info Session
Attend this info session if you are interested in joining our spring undergraduate course LPCE100. We highly recommend this class for undergraduate students who are currently working on early stage ventures or who are interested in founding a startup company. Please see E-Ship Studio Lab for a course description and teaser trailer. This info session is only open for Harvard undergraduates and students can find the session Zoom link on the LPCE 100 Course Canvas site (HarvardKey Access required).
Thursday, 12/17/2020, 12-12:30pm (ET): LPCE Accelerator Launch Fund Winners Announced
Join us for our last event of the year: a virtual showcase of the ventures that applied for the LPCE Accelerator Launch Funds! The winners of the $10,000 Launch Funds prize will be announced during the event. (Have finals and have to miss it? Winners will also be announced via email following the event!) This event is open to everyone and the Zoom link will be shared after you register.
Through 11/30/2020, 11:59:59pm (ET): Apply to the LPCE Accelerator Launch Funds for a chance to earn $10,000!
Monday, 11/23/2020, 10 - 11am (ET): Office Hour with LPCE Fellows
This drop-in office hour is open to all Harvard students to ask questions about the Launch Fund Application, LPCE and future opportunities, or their venture specifically! If you think you may attend at any point during the hour, please register here, and the Zoom link will be shared after you register.
Monday, 11/23/2020, 12 - 12:30pm (ET): Power of Community
Do you want to brainstorm about your venture with fellow entrepreneurs? Join us for a 30-minute workshop that brings together the LPCE Accelerator Community for an ideation session to help you flesh out the details of your venture. Come with your questions, concerns, and problems and be ready to give and get feedback! This event is ONLY open to those who have been awarded our seed fund money through the LPCE Accelerator. Register here, and the Zoom link will be shared after you register. Please register again if you registered for the original date.
Thursday, 11/19/2020, 3 - 4pm (ET): Art + Health Equity
A virtual conversation and workshop with Dawn Simmons, The Front Porch Arts Collective and Dan Chonde, Massachusetts General Hospital Radiology, moderated by creative producer Nicholas Medvescek. LPCE and the Harvard ArtLab invite you to connect with a community of creative entrepreneurs who are building a better normal by putting an artist mindset to work. Co-organized by ArtLab and Lemann Program on Creativity and Entrepreneurship. This event is open to everyone. Register here, and the Zoom link will be shared after you register.
Tuesday, 11/10/2020, 11 - 12 PM (ET): How to Build a Website on Wix with HGSE IDC
Do you plan on having a website for your venture? Join this event to learn the step-by-step process of how to use Wix to make a website as well as tips and tricks on content and website strategy. This event is hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Innovation Design Club (HGSE IDC). This event is open to everyone, but spots are limited. Register here, and the Zoom link will be shared after you register.
Through 10/30/2020, Apply to the LPCE Accelerator Seed Funds to earn $250!
Tuesday, 10/27/2020, 3 - 4 PM (EDT): The Pitch
Do you need help with presenting your ideas to stakeholders or funding sources? If so, this event is for you. The first 30 minutes will be open to everyone, and will feature an industry expert who will speak on key points in how to best present your venture. The last 30 minutes are reserved for those who have applied for our Accelerator seed funds for them to get specific help on how to better their pitch. Register here, and the Zoom link will be shared after you register.
Thursday, 10/15/2020, 4 - 5 PM (EDT): Mentoring and Networking
Have you ever been told that networking is everything but could use some help on how to do it? Join us for a session with Jeff Bartel '88, Chairman and Managing Director of Hamptons Group as he explains best practices, tips and tricks, and how to find connections in networking. The first 30 minutes will be open to everyone and the last 30 minutes will be reserved for those who have applied for our Accelerator seed funds for a detailed and specific discussion on mentoring and networking. Register here, and the Zoom link will be shared after you register.
Wednesday, 10/07/2020, 3 - 4 PM (EDT): Team Building
Join us for an event on how to create a group-oriented mindset and build a sense of community among teams. The first 30 minutes will be open to everyone and will feature our guest speaker Gwendolyn Lee, who is a dual-degree MD/MPP candidate at UCLA Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School. She is the Co-Founder of Students vs Pandemics and COO at First GrAID. The last 30 minutes will be reserved for those who have applied for our Accelerator seed funds for a discussion and introductions. Register here, and the Zoom link will be shared after you register.
Saturday, 09/26/2020, 11 AM (EDT): Innovate Through Ideation
Guest Judge: Jerald Cooper, a multidisciplinary artist and researcher focusing on black identity and its connection to pop culture.