Featured Alumni

Give virtual high fives to some of the startups that have participated in the Rice Business Plan Competition as they reached exciting milestones in 2020! If you are an RBPC alumni and want to celebrate your success, please reach out!

Owlet Light Up sign with Founder

Owlet goes public trading at more $640 million in market value.

2013 RBPC


Lilac CEO

Lilac Solutions announced the close of a $150M funding round.

2017 RBPC


Candice Headshot

Candice Blacknall MD, MBA, Founder of GABA wins $75K from the $1M Black Ambition Fund sponsored by Pharrell Williams.

2021 RBPC


Hyliion team at 2015 RBPC with Shell Ventures check

Hyliion goes public on NYSE at market valuation above $2B and raises $600M in funding.

2015 RBPC

Third Place Winner

infinite Cooling 2018

Infinite Cooling awarded a Phase II NSF SBIR Cooperative Agreement for nearly $1M after raising $4M in November 2019 led by Material Impact.

2018 RBPC

Grand Prize Winner

BioAesthetics prize winner Women's Health 2016 RBPC

BioAesthetics announced a $5M Series A to Commercialize NACgraft, a Regenerative Nipple Graft for Breast Cancer Survivors.



2016 RBPC


OpenLoop Headshots

OpenLoop (formerly Apollo) raises $3 million seed round.

2020 RBPC



QV Bioelectronics announced the closing of a >$1M seed investment deal.

2020 RBPC


production action shot for membrion

Membrion raises $3M for wastewater treatment tech and plans to double size of Seattle facility.

2016 RBPC


Mito Materials lab holding solution

Mito Materials closed their oversubscribed $1M Series Seed funding round and founders were 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 honorees.

2017 RBPC


Aeroshield hand holding window material technology

Aeroshield was awarded a MassCEC’s Catalyst Program grant of $65K and completed the fall cohort of the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), which includes up to $250K.

2019 RBPC


Pumani machine infantair breathing doll

Pumani (formerly InfantAir) joined the Global Innovation Exchange’s Million Lives Club by impacting the lives of 1 million babies.

2010 RBPC


Medical Informatics team group at TMC

Medical Informatics led by Emma Fauss, CEO (PhD and RICE MBA '13), announced a partnership with Intel for the Scale to Serve Program to rapidly expand remote ICUs to 100 US hospitals.

2013 RBPC


BIOMILQ team 2020 RBPC two women

BIOMILQ raised their $3.5M Series A funding through Breakthrough Energy Ventures and the co-founder was recognized as a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree. 

2020 RBPC


Rhaeos FlowSense device on neck

Rhaeos is the MedTech Innovator 2020 Global Competition Winner and fulfilled their RBPC prize by participating in the TMCx 2020 Spring cohort. 

2019 RBPC


Capitalizing Ideas Sign - Vertical - Rice Alliance

269 RBPC Alumni Have Exited or Are Still in Business Today