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2019 Rice Business Plan Competition

2019 Rice Business Plan Competition

The 2019 Rice Business Plan Competition is on!

Rice University invites aspiring entrepreneurs to its premiere international graduate-level student startup competition to be hosted in its premises in Houston, Texas on April 4-6, 2019. It will comprise of 42 select early-stage companies from around the world pitching their business ventures and vying for $1.5 million in prizes.

In this competition, startups will:

  • Experience 2.5 days of fast-paced competition
  • Pitch to 250+ judges, most of whom are from the investment community and/or are industry leaders
  • Receive feedback, mentoring and networking from investors and experienced entrepreneurs
  • Compete for over $1.5 million in prizes, with all teams winning at least one cash prize
  • Meet other student entrepreneurs
  • Vie for the first prize place of a $300,000 investment in their startup

In order to be eligible to apply, a startup must:

  • Contain at least two current student founders, one of which must be a graduate-degree seeking student
  • Not have passed certain milestones
  • Be student-driven, but can be from multiple universities and across degree programs
  • Fall into one of the following categories: Energy/Clean Tech, Life Sciences, Tech/Digital, Other Innovations (for startups that don’t fit neatly in another category)

Full eligibity requirements and rules can be found here. Additionally, complete information, including application, eligibility requirements, competition rules, and general guidelines can be found here.

Applications are now open! The deadline for submissions is 5:00 PM CST Sunday, February 10, 2019.


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