Martin Lindenberg, a Newport Board Group partner, will be a judge of the completion, to be held next month on the 12th to 14th of April. The competition started in 2001. Martin is one of only about 20 individuals who have been invited to judge the competition every single year since its inception.
The Rice University Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level business plan competition. It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University’s flagship initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. This is the 12th year for the competition. In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.3 million in cash and prizes.
The Competition’s judges are, like Martin, entrepreneurs, as well as venture capitalists, investors and related professionals.
The competition is designed to give collegiate entrepreneurs a real-world experience to fine tune their business plans and elevator pitches to generate funding to successfully commercialize their product. Judges will evaluate the teams as real-world entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early stage investors and venture capital firms. The event attracts angel and VC investors and has an entrepreneurial spirit that brings together different parts of the business community–in Houston and well beyond.
For more information about the Competition, see: http://rbpc.rice.edu/About_RBPC/