The Rice University Business Plan Competition (RBPC) 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 and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.
The Rice Alliance is Rice University’s internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship.
The 2019 Rice University Business Plan Competition will be the 19th 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.
How to Enter for the Rice University Business Plan Competition
One member of your startup, the designated leader, should complete the simple online application.
The application consists of a answering a short survey, attaching an Executive Summary (maximum 5 pages), and including an optional Video Elevator Pitch (maximum 2 minutes).
Multiple student startup teams from the same school, institution or university center may apply to compete.
There is no limit on the number of applications per school.
There no fees to apply or to compete.
Once an application is submitted, no changes can be made. Submit your application online from the competition website: www.rbpc.rice.edu
Teams invited to compete in the Rice University Business Plan Competition will be notified via our Facebook Live video event and by email on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
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We provide an intense, immersive experience over the course three days for student startup founders to pitch to investors, receive multiple rounds of feedback and advance their startup.
There will be over $1.5 million in prizes, and all 42 teams who compete at Rice University in Houston are guaranteed to win cash prizes.
Currently, the minimum cash prize is $500 and the grand prize winner receives a $300,000 investment (typically in the form of a convertible debt note, without geographic restrictions.)
Deadline for applying: The application must be completed by Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm CST.
Learn more about the competition by visiting the competition website
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