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The Rice Business Plan Competition

February 28, 2023

Applications are open for the 2023 RBPC!

The RBPC showcases the best university startups from across the U.S. and around the world, while providing student entrepreneurs the unparalleled experience of pitching their startups to investors and learning what it takes to build and launch a successful business.

How good is it? Past RBPC alumni have gone on to raise more than $4.6 billion in funding. Check out our impressive success stories—and read a recap of our 2022 event!

What can student startups do at the RBPC?

Find investors and compete for $1+ MILLION in prizes

Win cash, investment and in-kind prizes (all competing startups win a minimum cash prize)

Gain real-world experience

Receive mentorship, feedback and guidance from investors and entrepreneurs

Join top-ranked emerging graduate student-led startups

Learn from, network with and connect to colleagues and peers

We will be looking for startups that:

are student-driven, student-created and/or student-managed

are from a college or university anywhere in the world

have at least two current student founders or management team members (and at least one of those students must be a current graduate degree-seeking student (MA, PhD, MBA, JD, etc.)

fall into one of our 5 sectors: Energy, Cleantech & Sustainability, Life Science & Healthcare Solutions, Hard Tech, Digital Enterprise, or Consumer Products & Services

are seeking funding or capital (or will be in the next 12 months)

are potentially viable investment opportunities

Applications are open until February 28, 2023.

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The Rice Business Plan Competition
Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
Rice University, Houston, Texas