Concepts to Companies.

The Rice Launch Challenge is Rice’s new prestigious entrepreneurship competition, awarding $30,000 in prize money to Rice-affiliated startups. Students and alumni enter their business ideas to compete in one of two categories: High Growth Ventures and Small Business Ideas. (NOTE: This was formerly known as OwlTank).

Join us for the final challenge!

 Wednesday, March 29th
Anderson Family Commons
Drinks and refreshments provided.

Bose headphones being raffled off as door prize!


Nathan Yapp, President, Houston Entrepreneurs Organization
Henry Richardson, Founder, Define Fitness
Lauren-Kristine Pryzant, Senior Analyst, Mercury Fund
Grace Rodriguez, Founder and CXO, Station Houston
Rakesh Agrawal, Founder & CEO, Snapstream Media

2017 Finalists



At least one member of your team must be a current Rice student (undergraduate or graduate), alumni, or professor. The Rice affiliate must be an active contributing member to the team beyond an advisory role.

Applicants will be asked to answer a variety of questions about the business plan, to submit an executive summary or pitch deck, as welll as a one minute video (Youtube or Vimeo) of your team member pitching (informal, mobile phone video!).

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, March 12th. We will announce finalists by Friday, March 17th. Finalists will be required to attend mandatory training session the following week.

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