Jones Auditorium

Rice Business Plan Competition

Big Ideas. Brilliant Startups | April 6-9, 2021


Grand Prize Winner

The Largest and Richest Student Startup Competition 

The competition, entering its 21st year, gives collegiate entrepreneurs real-world experience to pitch their startups, enhance their business strategy and learn what it takes to launch a successful company. Hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship—which is Rice University's internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship—and Rice Business. Over 20 years it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 54 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.6 million in cash and prizes. For the first time in competition history, the 2021 event showcased 54 student-led startups. 

For the second time, the event was virtual—still bringing with it the mentorship, guidance and, of course, the sought after prizes. 

In 2021 $1.6 Million in cash, investment and in-kind prizes was announced at the Awards Presentation!

Big Ideas Brilliant Startups

Virtual Pitches. Real Impact.

The 2021 Rice Business Plan Competition will be hosted over four days including elevator pitches, initial round, semi-finals round and live final pitches. Prior to the competition, EFN will be providing ongoing mentorship to all teams. This year's event will feature virtual networking for teams and judges—and a practice round for even more face-time with the startups.

Aspects of the competition will be open to the public and we encourage you to tune in and support these student entrepreneurs. 

Funding. Mentorship. Connections.


RBPC Alumni


Billion In funding raised by startups


Still in business or with successful exits 


Jobs created

Featured Sponsors

The Owl
The Artemis Fund
Mercury Fund
Houston Angel Network
Finger Interests, LTD.
Anderson Family Fund, Greg Novak, Tracy Druce
TiE Houston
Baker Botts
Norton Rose Fulbright
Wells Fargo
Greater Houston Partnership