The Rice Alliance hosts the Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC), the world’s richest and largest student startup competition, awarding more than $8.4 million in prizes since 2001.
Over 201 past competitors are in business today or successfully exited having raised in excess of $1.6 billion in capital and exit dollars. Find out more information about the RBPC here: (http://www.ricebusinessplancompetition.com/)
Looking to get involved?
Apply: If you are a Rice graduate student looking to compete, you can apply to the RBPC Qualifier here (https://alliance.rice.edu/owlopen).
Volunteer: Volunteers are a key to the success of the event. Utilize this unique opportunity to closely interact with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, enhance your professional development and represent your university!
•Answer any questions regarding rules from judges or teams
•Moderate questions directed at competitors
•Explain schedule and format before every event
•Open and close all sessions
•Signal competitors to indicate remaining time
•Be familiar with assigned competition teams and schedules
•Assist volunteers who are unable to leave the room
•Distribute and collect scoring sheets from Judges
•Monitor rooms during recesses
•Ensure confidentially in scoring
•Total scores and determine winners (to be audited independently)
•Enter calculated scores electronically
•Greet guests and direct them to the appropriate rooms
•Answer questions regarding schedule and room locations
•Assist questioning Judges with microphones
•Remind guests of food and drink policy
For questions about volunteering, please visit (or questions about volunteering, please contact Haley Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.348.3164) or contact Haley Hart at email@example.com or 713.348.3164 http://www.ricebusinessplancompetition.com/volunteer.html
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Date to be determined – February 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
We've all heard the grim statistics on startup failure rates. Make sure you've found the "right it" by testing your hypothesis before investing countless dollars and hours pursuing your idea. Pretotyping and prototyping offer many ways to test a product or service with minimal build-out, use of resources, or emotional attachment.
Work with Kara to ensure that you are addressing the problem with the best solution possible.
Kara Palamountain is a professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the president of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation. She has managed over 50 Kellogg field research teams conducting market entry analysis for medical technologies in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Prior to her work at the Northwestern Global Health Foundation and at Kellogg, Kara worked as a management consultant in Deloitte's Healthcare practice for over six years.