The HBS Alumni Angels of South Florida

2021 South Florida Harvard Pitch Competition Capstone Event

Why Startups Fail
Featuring Keynote Speaker

Tom Eisenmann
Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration, Peter O. Crisp Faculty Chair, Harvard Innovation Labs


Join the HBS Alumni Angels of South Florida for an event where friends of entrepreneurship come together to explore, learn and to support the startup ecosystem of South Florida.

Join us to:

  • Hear from experts in entrepreneurship and investing
  • Learn what to look for to spot successful or failed startups early on
  • Celebrate the winners of the 2021 Harvard Alumni Angels Pitch competition
  • Connect with Startups, Investors and influencers of South Florida and beyond

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Nova University
3301 College Ave | Fort Lauderdale

Hybrid event - in person & virtual

Registrations completed though HBS Club of South Florida web page.

5:30pm Registration & Welcome Reception (in person)
6:00pm Opening Zoom for virtual participants
6:30pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
6:45pm Keynote: “Why Startups Fail” By HBS Professor Tom Eisenmann
7:45pm Presentation of the 3 finalist of the Harvard Startup Pitch Competition
7:55pm Award Announcements and Appreciations
8:00pm Networking, Cocktail Hour


In person
HBS Club of South Florida Members: $35
Non-Members: $45 non members
Includes Cocktail and Reception


HBS Club of South Florida Members: No cost
Non-members: $10

Primary Contact :

About our Keynote:
Tom Eisenmann
Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration
Peter O. Crisp Faculty Chair, Harvard Innovation Labs

Thomas R. Eisenmann is the Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, Peter O. Crisp Chair, Harvard Innovation Labs, and Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, the Harvard MS/MBA Program, and the Harvard College Technology Innovation Fellows Program. Eisenmann teaches the MBA elective Entrepreneurial Failure and the MS/MBA core courses Technology Venture Immersion and Launch Lab. In recent years, he has served as Chair of Harvard's MBA Elective Curriculum—the 2nd year of the MBA Program—and as course head of The Entrepreneurial Manager, taught to all 900 1st-year MBAs. With colleagues, he launched the MBA electives Making Markets, which focuses on marketplace design, Scaling Technology Ventures, Entrepreneurial Sales & Marketing, and Product Management 101, in which students specify and supervise development of a software application. Eisenmann also created the January Term Startup Bootcamp for first-year MBAs and the MBA electives Launching Technology Ventures and Managing Networked Business, which surveyed strategies for platform-based businesses that leverage network effects. Learn more here

Location / Parking:
The in person event is right in the middle of South Florida at:
Alan B. Levan NSU Broward Center of Innovation
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

The reception is on the 5th floor, in the same building where the Alvin Sherman Library is. It is recommended that you park in the parking garage nearby, which is 1 minute waking distance.

The easiest is to type in the following into your GPS: 3100 RAY FERRERO JR BLVD, DAVIE FL