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RBPC - Student Startup Competition

  • Rice University 1900 Rice Boulevard Houston, TX, 77005 United States (map)

RBPC - World's Richest and Largest Student Startup Competition 

The Rice Business Plan Competition 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, which is Rice University's internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. This is the 16th 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.

In 2015, more than 750 applications were submitted. More than 180 corporate and private sponsors support the business plan competition. Venture capitalists and other investors from around the country volunteer their time to judge the competition, with the majority of the 275+ judges coming from the investment sector. 161 past competitors have gone on to successfully launch their businesses and are still in business today, with another 15 having successful exits. These companies have raised in excess of $1.2 billion in funding.

The competition is designed to give collegiate entrepreneurs a real-world experience to fine tune their business plans and elevator pitches to generate funding to successfully commercialize their product. Judges will evaluate the teams as real-world entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early stage investors and venture capital firms. The judges are asked to rank the presentations based on which company they would most likely invest. 76% of judges surveyed considered investing in a team that presented at the 2015 RBPC or referred a team to a third-party investor.

We provide an unparalleled experience for the participants by designing a diverse program over the course of three-days; with significant time designated for feedback and interaction with the judging panel.

All teams will participate and present on all 3 days

Thursday: Practice Round and Elevator Pitch Competition
Friday: First Round and Feedback Session
Saturday: Semi-Final Round, Challenge Round and Final Round

Highlights of the Competition include:

Real-world opportunities to learn what’s required to successfully launch a new business
Chance to receive mentoring from investors and experienced entrepreneurs
Scheduled opportunities to network with potential venture capitalists and other investors for three days
High caliber of judges, all senior level investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders
Opportunities to receive individual feedback during 3 separate sessions
2015: $1.5 Million + in prize money was awarded with all teams winning at least one cash award

The goal of the RBPC is to provide the best overall educational and entrepreneurial experience of any business plan/new venture competition and we were very gratified by the feedback we have received from past competitors and judges.

For more information about the Rice University Business Plan Competition, please review the website, or email the Competition Director with specific questions not answered on the website.

About the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship (Rice Alliance) is Rice University’s nationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies. It was formed as a strategic alliance of three schools: the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business in collaboration with the Vice Provost and the Office of Research.

Since inception in 2000, more than 1,700 early-stage companies have benefitted by participating in the 175+ programs hosted by the Rice Alliance and have raised in excess of $3.3 billion.

Recent recognition:

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 Top Ten Best U.S. Graduate Entrepreneurship Program – Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 Top 15 Best Graduate Entrepreneurship Program – U.S. News and World Report
2014, 2013 #1 Global University Business Incubator
2013 Top 20 Best Global Entrepreneurship Program – BusinessWeek International
2012 #7 Best college for Aspiring Entrepreneurs – Huffington Post and Unigo
2011 NASDAQ OMX Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award – GCEC
2011 National Model MBA Entrepreneurship Program – USASBE
2011, 2009 Marketer of the Year – American Marketing Association
2009 Outstanding Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership - GCEC
2009 Excellence in Technology Entrepreneurship Award - GCEC
2009 Outstanding Technology Entrepreneurship Program – USASBE
2008 Houston’s Greatest Economic Development Ally – Greater Houston Partnership

For more information about the Rice Alliance, visit

General Registration Prices:

1 Day Pass: $99
3 Day Pass: $199
Rice Alliance members, underwriters, or sponsors:  Free
Full-time Rice faculty, staff, or student: Free / Non-Rice Student: $99

Registration Deadline is 5:00 PM, CDT, Monday April 11, 2016.
All participants must be registered to attend.  Walk-up registration will NOT be available!



BBCCH Board Attendance

This event will not be attended by any BBCCH Board Members