25madison Hosts Harvard Business School Virtual Pitch Competition

4 min readOct 30, 2020

Following a flood of entries, 5 finalists were selected, and a winner awarded $10,000.

By Samantha Eisler

This summer, 25madison teamed up with our cohort of Harvard Business School interns to create the 25madison pitch competition, open to all startups whose founding team includes at least one Harvard graduate student or a recent Harvard graduate. The top five finalists are receiving free pitch coaching sponsored by the Women in Investing Club, in the form of office hours with 25madison leaders, and AWS credits and support. The winner has been awarded a $10k non-dilutive cash prize and is eligible for additional investment or incubation.

After receiving 57 entries from startups, we can attest that the entrepreneurial scene at Harvard is strong. Entries spanned many industries and verticals, from consumer retail, to small business tech platforms, and b2b prop-tech solutions. No easy task, our team narrowed down the entrants to a short-list of five finalists, each of whom were asked to pitch to our panel of judges. After an exciting afternoon of pitches, we awarded the winner with $10k in non-dilutable equity.

We are excited to share our top 5 finalists.

Here they are, starting with our 4 runners-up and concluded with our 2020 pitch competition winner. Congratulations to these great startups!


Candelytics is partnered with a Navy research lab to develop and commercialize a proprietary LIDAR-based 3D scanning process. This process will serve as the “front end” data collection for our product. Our core product will be a software solution that aggregates, analyzes, and manages this 3D data within a repository. This software will incorporate features such as geometric search, 2D-to-3D image recognition, and browser-based visualization that will make 3D data more accessible, insightful, and user-friendly.


Bryan Lee
Army Helicopter Pilot, HBS, Bain & Co, Private Equity & Consulting.

James Parker
Electrical Engineer, DoD/IC Contractor, Harvard Business / Engineering, Entrepreneurship & Tech.


25madison is an NYC-based venture studio, incubating companies from the ground up and investing in early-stage companies. Learn more at 25madison.com.

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