At the Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC), collegiate entrepreneurs get real-world experience in how to pitch their startups to investors, integrate with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, enhance their startup strategy, connect with mentors, and learn what it takes to launch a successful business.
Rice University is guaranteed one berth in this competition. We determine that team through an internal competition, The Qualifier (formerly the Owl Open), in February. This pre-RBPC event has the top Rice teams present their startups to a panel of judges to determine who advances to the RBPC to represent Rice University! Winners of The Qualifier win $5000 cash in prizes!
To be eligible to apply and participate, teams must have at least two students: one must be a currently-enrolled Rice University student and one must be a graduate-level student. If one person fills both requirements, you must find another student to join your team. Other students (undergrad or grad) or non-students can fill out the team.
Teams compete in a wide range of sectors: Energy/Clean Tech, Life Science/Biotech, Internet Technology/IoT/Digital, and Other Innovations.
Complete details, with rules, eligibility, guidelines, prizes, competition format and schedule are on the RBPC website: rpbc.rice.edu.
Apply on the Rice University-specific application website: https://tinyurl.com/RBPC-Qualifier
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 713-348-3190 or the Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship for more details. See you at the races!