2009 Rice Business Plan Competition

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s largest and richest graduate, intercollegiate business plan competition.  Thirty-six finalist teams from around the world will be selected to compete at Rice University in Houston, Texas for more than $800,000 in funding and prizes in front of more than 170 investors, venture capitalists, private equity, CEO entrepreneurs and other judges. 

More than 65 past start-up companies have raised more than $90 million after competing in the Rice Business Plan Competition. We are seeking the most promising new ventures that are looking for early-stage venture capital and angel funding.

Teams can compete in any industry, including the following: 
 - Energy & Clean Technology
 - Sustainability
 - Social Ventures & Social Entrepreneurship
 - Life Sciences (diagnostics, medical devices, therapeutics, biotech, drug development)
 - Information Technology (including Web 2.0, software, hardware, internet, RFID, etc.)
 - Nanotechnology
 - Advanced Materials (including coatings, sensors, etc.)
 - Consumer Products

Competition: April 16-18, McNair Hall, Rice University
Awards Banquet: April 18, Westin Galleria Hotel       
Deadline to Enter: March 6 at 5 p.m. (CST)
To Enter: E-mail your Executive Summary (5 page max. in PDF format) to rbpc@rice.eduOpen to all graduate students from all universities.  Please read the Official Rules before entering at RBPC Rules.  

For more information, go to www.alliance.rice.edu/rbpc or contact the Rice Alliance at rbpc@rice.edu or call 713-348-3443.

RPSEA is proud to be the Energy Award Sponsor for this event.



Thu, Apr. 16 - Fri, Apr. 17, 2009
noon - 9:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Rice University/McNair Hall
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005