42 teams from around the world to compete in 2013 Rice Business Plan Competition

Forty-two teams hailing from some of the world’s top universities will vie for more than $1.2 million in prizes April 11-13 at the 13th annual Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) – the world’s richest and largest graduate-level competition of its kind.

Rice full-time faculty, staff and students can attend the on-campus portion of the competition for free if they preregister by 5 p.m. April 8.

The teams for this year’s competition were chosen from nearly 400 entrants based on their executive summaries to compete in five categories: life sciences; information technology; energy and clean technology; green technology, social; and other. The teams will have 15 minutes to present business plans in the competition for a grand prize valued at more than $500,000 and the opportunity to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ OMX this fall. Judges will rank the presentations based on which company they would most likely invest in.

The event in McNair Hall is open to the Rice community and the public with preregistration at http://alliance.rice.edu/Attend.

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business host the competition.

For more information, including a list of teams and the schedule of events, visit http://alliance.rice.edu/rbpc.aspx.

About Amy Hodges

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.