Final round of Rice Competition starting now. Six Teams have 15 minutes to present; 10 minutes for questions. Finalists include three medical companies, two from the microchip industries, and one with optical technology: BiologicsMD, Ambiq Micro, GlucaGo, Rebellion Photonics, Reveal Design Automation, OrthoIntrinsics --Jessica Shambora
First up: BiologicsMD
Developing OsteoFlor, a new prescription medication for treatment for Osteoporosis.
"You're not looking at a hip fracture, you're looking at a death sentence." --Jerry MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Apr 17, 2010 1:42 PM ET
Rice is ranked No.5 among graduate entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. by Princeton Review. Wonder if it has anything to do with these fancy lockers? What do they keep in there? --Jessica ShamboraJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Apr 17, 2010 12:21 PM ET
by Jessica Shambora
During the first round of competition at Rice on Friday, one audience saw business plans ranging from a Netflix for maternity wear, to a better tool for identifying bugs in semiconductor chips. The assembled judges, including investors, attorneys and past winners, asked questions and offered feedback. Here are some key lessons that emerged:
1. Action speaks louder than words: Even if it's very basic, do an alpha test to MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Apr 17, 2010 12:24 AM ET
by Jessica Shambora
The Rice Business Plan Competition kicked off in Houston Thursday night with an elevator pitch contest. All 43 teams had one minute to pitch their plans. Each asked for a specific dollar amount; some suggested a valuation and exit strategy; a few even promised 40x returns!
While there were designated judges for the competition (including VCs and high school students), audience members with the event's iPhone app got to MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Apr 16, 2010 5:24 PM ET
Fortune's Jessica Shambora and others are Tweeting about the Rice Business Plan Competition on Twitter, under the hashtag #RBPC. Click to follow the updates coming out of the competition.Paul Smalera - Apr 16, 2010 12:01 PM ET
What's the Big Idea? Judge for Yourself
By Josh Hyatt, contributor
Call it April Madness. In just a few days, 42 teams of student entrepreneurs will compete in a grinding competition to win a record-busting $1 million in cash and prizes.
Meet the 42 teams who have been chosen – out of 420 entries – to face off in Rice University's Tenth Annual Rice Business Plan Competition, the country's largest and wealthiest graduate-level MOREDaniel Roth - Apr 14, 2010 10:36 AM ET
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