2023 Business Plan Competition for Student Entrepreneurs at Rice University

Rice is a community of curious thinkers, passionate dreamers and energetic doers who believe that improving the world demands more than bold thought and brave action.

In order to give collegiate entrepreneurs real-world experience pitching their startups to investors, receiving mentoring, networking with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, improving their startup strategy, and learning what it takes to launch a successful startup, Rice University has launched the 2023 Business Plan Competition.


Scholarship Summary:

    Host University: Rice University Business for Student Entrepreneurs


    Degree level: Grants

    Scholarship fundingPartially Funded

    Eligible nationality: All

    Host country: Houston, Texas


    Application’s Last Date: 28th February, 2023

    Duration of Program: May 11-13, 2023

Sectors: business plans and companies should fall into one of four categories, or sectors:

  1. Life Science – includes (but not limited to) Medical Devices, Therapeutics, Diagnostics, Health IT, Biotechnology
  2. Energy/Clean Technology – includes (but not limited to) Sustainability, Water, Battery Technologies, Control Systems, Smart Metering, PV Technology, Natural Gas, Transportation/Mobility, Oil & Gas Technologies, Algae, Fuel Cells, Hybrid Vehicles
  3. Technology – Includes (but is not limited to): Mobile Apps, Software, Digital Media, Consumer Web, Bto-B Applications, Enterprise Software, SAAS, Internet, Web, Virtual Reality, Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Hardware, Robotics, Unmanned Vehicles
  4. Other Innovations – Includes (but is not limited to): Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology, Composites, Nanotechnology, Consumer, Other Technology


Value of Award:

  • Rice University will provide an intense, immersive experience over the course three days for student startup founders to pitch to investors, receive multiple rounds of feedback and advance their startup.
  • There will be over $1 million in prizes, and all 42 teams who compete at Rice University in Houston are guaranteed to win cash prizes. The minimum cash prize is $500 and the grand prize winner receives a $300,000 investment (typically in the form of a convertible debt note, without geographic restrictions.)

Method of Application:

Submit your application online at

It is important to go through all application instructions and eligibility requirements before applying.

Visit the Program Webpage for More Details


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