An educational programme mirroring real-world experience through a multi-day event for student start-ups from across the world is now open to applications.
The Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) is an international graduate level start-up competition. It is designed to give collegiate entrepreneurs a real-world experience to pitch their start-ups to investors, receive mentoring, network with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, enhance their start-up strategy, and learn what it takes to launch a successful business.
There will be over US $1 million in prizes, and all 42 teams competing at Rice University are guaranteed to win cash prizes. Currently, the minimum cash prize is US $500, and the grand prize winner receives a US $350,000 investment (typically in the form of a convertible debt note).
Alumni from the RBPC have raised more than US $3.1 billion in funding and have generated more than 32 successful exits, valued at nearly a billion dollars.
Teams comprised of students from more than one school may take part. Student start-up teams from universities across the world can apply.
Start-ups should fall into one of five categories or sectors:
- Life Sciences & Healthcare Solutions
- Consumer Products & Services
- Hard Tech
- Digital Enterprise
The 2022 Rice University Business Plan Competition takes place 7-9 April 2022. It will operate in-person in Houston, Texas, USA.
The deadline for applications is Monday 31 January 2022 (23:59 CST).
How To Apply
Applications must be completed by Monday 31 January 2022 (23:59 CST).
Applications can be submitted via the Rice Business Plan Competition Website.
Teams invited to compete will be notified via a live video event, email and phone on Thursday 17 February 2022.
Interested parties with questions about any aspect of the competition are advised to contact Catherine Santamaria, RBPC Director, at [email protected]
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For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
Email: [email protected]