2023 Rice Business Plan Competition for Undergraduate Entrepreneurs ($2m in cash prizes for winners)


Apply now for the 2023 competition hosted by Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship to meet investors, pitch your startup and receive mentoring to take your startup to the next level.

In 2022, they announced $2 million in cash, investment and in-kind prizes—don’t miss your change to take home the grand prize in 2023.

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Eligibility Criteria 

  • 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, 2022
  • has not generated revenue of more than $100,000 in any 12-month period prior to July 1, 2022
  • is seeking funding or capital (or will be in the next 12 months)
  • is a potentially viable investment opportunity

2023 Competition Sectors

> Energy, Cleantech and Sustainability: including but not limited to): Agriculture/Agtech, Batteries & Storage, Decarbonization/Climate Tech, Energy Infrastructure, Oil & Gas Technologies, Renewable/Alternative Energy, Recycling, New and Non-Carbon Fuels, Transportation/Electric Vehicles, Water

> Hard Tech

(including but not limited to): Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, Aerospace/Spacetech, AR & VR (augmented & virtual reality), Autonomous Vehicles, Drones, Machine Learning and AI (Artificial Intelligence), Quantum Computing, Robotics, Smart Sensorsü

> Life Sciences and Healthcare Solutions

(including but not limited to): Aging/Gerontology, Biotech, Diagnostics, Digital Health, Disease Management, Public Health, Medical Devices, Personalized Medicine, Pharma & Therapeutics, Prevention

> Digital Enterprise

(including but not limited to): Big Data, Blockchain, Cyber/IoT Security, Cloud & Edge Computing, Enterprise Software, Fintech, Media & Advertising, SportsTech, Supply Chain/Logistics, Workforce

> Consumer Products and Services

(including but not limited to): Analytics, Consumer Web, Education/EdTech, Food & Drink, Gaming, Mobile, Personal Devices, Social Impact, Subscription Services, Wearables & Clothing


More than $2 million in investments.

Application Deadline – February 28, 2023

Click here to apply