The Rice University Business Plan 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. This is the 13th year for the competition. 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 judges are asked to rank the presentations based on which company they would most likely invest. 76% of judges surveyed considered investing in a team that presented at the 2012 RBPC or referred a team to a third-party investor.
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The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) supports the ACC Clean Energy Challenge by inviting business plans with commercial potential in the clean energy field, including projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency improvements, and advanced fuels/vehicles. The challenge is open to all ACC schools as well as other universities in southeastern U.S. The winner will receive a $100,000 prize and will have the opportunity to compete in the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Finals.
The U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has announced a major summit where leading thinkers from around the globe will gather to address some of the planets most pressing issues. Some speakers at this event include Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Google/Motorola executive Regina Dugan. The summit will take place March 12-13, 2013, in London, England, and a video contest is offering a chance to be there. The competition asks contestants to create a video that describes the importance of engineering. The deadline for submissions is midnight EST on Feb. 3, 2013.
Registration is officially open for NASA’s 20th annual Great Moonbuggy Race! The race challenges students from in high school, college and universities alike to create fast, lightweight “moonbuggies.” The event all leads up to a two-day racing event at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., on April 26-27. The event, celebrating it’s second decade, was designed by NASA to encourage and spark interest in the STEM fields.
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), General Motors (GM), and Argonne National Laboratory teamed up to create EcoCar: The NeXt Challenge. EcoCar was a competition spread amongst 16 universities in North America; with three-years of advanced engineering, students competed to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles by analyzing the way vehicles are built and starting over again.
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