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. Its mission is to support the creation of technology-based companies and the commercialization of new technologies in the Houston community and Southwest. Since its inception in 2000, more than 1700 companies have presented at the 170+ programs hosted by the Rice Alliance. More than 42,000 individuals have attended Rice Alliance events and over 26,000 individuals subscribe to the Rice Alliance Digest newsletter. The Rice University Business Plan Competition is the World’s Richest and Largest, awarding more than $1.35 million in prizes in 2015 and 154 past competitors are in business today having raised in excess of $1.2 billion in capital.
Mary Lynn Fernau
Director of Marketing
Assistant Director for Programs
Director of Technology Ventures Development
Lea Aden Lueck
Director of the Rice Business Plan Competition
Director of Operations and Event Planning
Rice Business Plan 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 flagship initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. This is the 15th 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 million in cash and prizes. 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 2014 RBPC or referred a team to a third-party investor.