Students participating in the Harvard College Innovation (I3) Challenge this year generated dozens of promising ideas to improve the quality of daily life. For some teams, that objective meant tackling education, health care, poverty, or crime — for others, the more mundane challenge of finding a shoe that fits. Drawn by the call to “imagine — invent — impact,” a record number of students participated in the yearlong I3 program, forming 78 teams with students from 34 concentrations. Over the course of the year, the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) and Harvard Student Agencies coached the teams through the process of developing business plans and provided the students with mentors for legal advice and other needs. The semifinalists, 25 teams in all, gathered on March 29 to share their final projects at a showcase and awards reception. “The student startups were really impressive this year,” said Paul Bottino, executive director...
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