Frequently Asked Questions

  • The startup must be student-driven, student-created and/or student-managed to compete at the Rice Business Plan Competition. Additionally, the startup must have at least two current student founders or management team members, and at least one of those students is a current graduate degree-seeking student. 

  • Yes. All startups that participate in the Rice Business Plan Competition will be judged based on their potential investablity. To be eligible to compete, you must be seeking funding or capital (in the next 12 months). 

  • As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, yes! The Rice Business Plan Competition is a global competition with startups competing from universities all over the world.  

  • The 2021 Rice Business Plan Competition will be held virtually April 6-9, 2021. 

  • The pitching and presenting startup that competes at the RBPC must contain at least two team members (and up to four team members); all must be current students, and at least one must be a current graduate-level student.

    • At least two student members (and up to four student members) of the startup will be visible (on video/camera) in every pitch (i.e., Round 1, Semi-Final Round, Final Round).
    • The startup may divide speaking time in their pitch presentations however they choose. A minimum of one member must pitch. Up to four members can split pitching duties.
    • The exception is the Elevator Pitch Competition on Tuesday, April 6, where only one member of the startup will give the 60-second presentation.