With access to mentors, real-world experience and investment opportunities, the Rice Business Plan Competition helps student founders stay on target and realize their potential. Apply today to set yourself apart from other student-led ventures, get in-depth mentoring to prepare you for the event and pitch to investors who are looking for their next early-stage deal.

Sometimes just taking the first step is the hardest part, but applying for the RBPC is simple—especially when you’ve got a big idea to show us. Applications for RBPC 2023 are now open and close February 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM CST. 


Check out our eligibility page to see if you are able to compete at the 2023 competition. You can also learn more about each of our sectors: energy, cleantech and sustainability; hard tech; life sciences and healthcare solutions; digital enterprise; and consumer product and services.


Make sure to mark your calendars with the important competition dates, like application deadlines, when we will announce competitors and when you will need to be in Houston.


Interested in what makes a top competitors? You can rewatch the finals and elevator pitches for our past competitions, and check out the prizes!