One of the most important parts of the RBPC is the mentoring component. Startups accepted to competition have the opportunity to engage experts before, during and after the event. Our mentoring program helps founders make their startups stronger, better, more equipped to fund-raise and excel in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The RBPC mentoring program is run in partnership with Entrepreneur Futures Network (EFN),
In the lead-up to and during the competition, startups will have these mentoring and training sessions:
"The RBPC/EFN mentoring program was a great experience and our mentors were incredible.”
- Ramses Alcaide, CEO, Neurable
Additionally, the Rice Alliance partners with Enterprise Futures Network (EFN) (www.enterprisefutures.org) to administer a mentoring program in advance of the RBPC. Each of the 42 competing teams will be matched with, or select on their own, an expert mentor(s) to help prepare them for the competition. Since 2013, approximately 90% of our semi-finalists (top 15 startups) actively participated in the mentoring program.
EFN is global non-profit entrepreneurial organization based in San Francisco founded in 2003 whose mission is to empower and develop young entrepreneurs through mentoring, training and acceleration. EFN’s network is comprised of over 5,000 mentors, entrepreneurs, educators, industry experts and investors. EFN’s more than 500 mentors worldwide coach over 150 university start-ups a year at more than 50 universities.
If you are an experienced entrepreneurial, business and technology expert interested in joining EFN as a mentor, you can apply to become a mentor today. All new mentors are trained.