Dear Rice Business Plan Competition Community,
The 2020 Rice Business Plan Competition has been tentatively rescheduled from March 26-28, 2020 to June 18-20, 2020. All competing startups, academic advisors, judges, volunteers and attendees have been contacted.
On March 9, less than 3 weeks before the competition was to commence, we received word that Rice University, with guidance from the Rice Crisis Management Committee, was prohibiting all on-campus public events and gatherings with more than 100 people to minimize close contact among large groups of people. Individuals’ health and safety takes top priority, and the goal was to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The expectation is that this will help keep everyone on campus safer and reduce the discomfort some may feel being on campus when such an event takes place.
Alternatives for holding the event in another format on the same date in March (off-campus, virtually, etc.) were ultimately deemed not feasible, and would not allow us to put on the high-level of event that you deserve and expect.
While the cancellation of the RBPC in March was done with safety and health in mind, it is nevertheless incredibly disheartening that we will not hold the event as planned. We have successfully run the competition for 19 years, and we were very excited to host and celebrate the 20th edition in March.
Our apologies for any inconvenience this causes in terms of existing plans and travel arrangements.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Please check back here for any news, updates or information on the 2020 RBPC.
Rice Business Plan Competition Director