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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 internationally recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. 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 $1.5 million in cash and prizes. This is the 19th year for the competition, and PKF Texas has been a supporter since 2002 and will be the official accountants for the 10th year. 

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 startup 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. 87% of judges surveyed considered investing in a team that presented at the 2018 RBPC or referred a team to a third-party investor.

Agenda:

Thursday, April 4, 2019:

  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Team Registration open
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Team Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. - Panel Discussion “Making the Most of the RBPC” (teams only)
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Judge Registration open
  • 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. - Practice Round for Teams (non-scoring)
  • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Office Hours for Teams (optional)*
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. - Elevator Pitch Competition
  • 7:30 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m. - Networking Reception & Company Showcase

Friday, April 5, 2019:

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast and Registration
  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Review Judge Instructions
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. - First Round Competition
  • 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. - First Round Competition Continued
  • 2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. - Networking Break
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Feedback Session
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. - Houston Reception & Announce Semi-Finalists**

Saturday, April 6, 2019:

  • 7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
  • 7:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. - Semi-Final Round & Challenge Round Competitions
  • 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. - Lunch
  • 11:45 a.m. - Finalists Announced Shell Auditorium)
  • 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Final Round Competition
  • 5:00 p.m. - Team Set-up for Company Showcase***
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception and Company Showcase***
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. - Awards Banquet: Announce Winners***

* held at the Rice Memorial Center (Student Center)
** held at the Glasscock School for Continuing Studies at Rice University
*** held at the Westin Galleria Hotel

Questions? Mary Lynn Fernau | 713-348-5374 | mlfernau@rice.edu

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