As you are aware, over the weekend the Rice Business Plan Competition awarded $1 million in prizes. The Houston Chronicle ran a story about the competition on the front page of the Saturday’s Business section. Thanks to Reporter David Kaplan, for quoting me, Brad Burke, and the team from Purdue University, Microfluidic. It was a good piece and it’s good to see the Houston media give the competition the recognition it deserves.
Watching the results throughout the weekend, two teams were virtually neck and neck throughout the competition. Those two teams were: Biologics MD from the University of Arkansas and Rebellion Photonics from Rice University. They split the Elevator Pitch Awards and finished 1-2 respectively in the competition. I hope both teams were very excited about the conference. I would encourage both teams to review the feedback forms that they received from their judges.
I was very impressed with all the teams, the participants and the judges. Many thanks also goes out to Dean William Glick of the Jones School at Rice; Brad Burke, Managing Director of the Rice Alliance and the members of the Rice Alliance staff which includes: Mary Lynn Fernau; Yanette Jimenez; Tom Kraft; Lea Aden Lueck; Quynhmai Nguyen and Kerri Smith. Thank you Rice Alliance!