The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is 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 the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.
Due to restrictions on on-campus gatherings through July, the Rice Business Plan Competition, in order to hold our event, are moving to a virtual environment! We will still strive to hold the highest quality event and experience while also adhering to current and changing community health guidelines. Registration for the general public will open in early June.
2020 will be the 20th year for the competition! In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes. We provide an unparalleled experience for the participants by designing a diverse program over the course of three-days, with significant time designated for feedback and interaction with the judging panel. Highlights of competing:
The goal of the RBPC is to provide the best overall educational and entrepreneurial experience of any business plan/new venture competition and we were very gratified by the feedback we have received from past competitors and judges.
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The competition is designed to give collegiate entrepreneurs a real-world experience to fine tune their business plans and elevator pitches to generate funding to successfully commercialize their product. Judges will evaluate the teams as real-world entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early stage investors and venture capital firms. The judges are asked to rank the presentations based on which company they would most likely invest. 87% of judges surveyed considered investing in a team that presented at the 2019 RBPC or referred a team to a third-party investor.
All teams will participate and present on all three days:
Wednesday, June 17, 4:00 PM: Elevator Pitch Competition (pre-recorded, open to public)
Thursday, June 18: Round 1 - Semi-Finals (closed session)
Friday, June 19: Round 2 - Finals, 9:00 AM (open to public)
For more information about the Rice University Business Plan Competition, please review the website, or email the competition director at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions not answered on the website.
About the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship (Rice Alliance) is Rice University’s nationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies. It was formed as a strategic alliance of three schools: the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business in collaboration with the Vice Provost and the Office of Research.
Since inception in 2000, more than 2,675 startups have raised more than $9.3 billion in funding. More than 52,000 entrepreneurs, investors, and members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem have attended over 200 programs hosted by the Rice Alliance.
For more information about the Rice Alliance, visit alliance.rice.edu
Set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city, Rice is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow’s thinking. www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.