Rice University Business Plan Graduate-level Student Startup Competition 2022 ($1.6 million in Cash and Prizes).


Application Deadline: January 31st, 2022

The competition, entering its 22nd year, gives collegiate entrepreneurs real-world experience to pitch their startups, enhance their business strategy and learn what it takes to launch a successful company. 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 Rice Business. Over 20 years it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 54 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.6 million in cash and prizes. For the first time in competition history, the 2021 event showcased 54 student-led startups. 


  • is student-driven, student-created and/or student-managed
  • has at least two current student founders or management team members, and at least one of those students is a current graduate degree-seeking student
  • are from a college or university anywhere in the world
  • has not raised more than $250,000 in equity capital prior to July 1, 2021
  • has not generated revenue of more than $100,000 in any 12-month period prior to July 1, 2021
  • is seeking funding or capital (or will be in the next 12 months)
  • is a potentially viable investment opportunity

Important Dates for #RBPC22

Monday, November 1, 20218:00 AM CST – Applications for #RBPC22 open online 
Monday, January 31, 202211:59 PM CST – Applications close; deadline to submit applications 
Thursday, February 17Noon CST – 42 teams invited to participate via video livestream, social media, emails and phone calls 
Wednesday, February 235:00 PM CST – Invited teams confirm commitment to compete via written confirmation on application and last day to withdraw without penalty 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Rice University Business Plan Graduate-level Student Startup Competition 2022


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