Student Competitions

Missouri S&T Elevator Pitch

The Missouri S&T Elevator Pitch competition is designed to teach students how to provide an overview for a product, service, or business in the time span of an elevator ride. Participants select a topic for which they must provide a complete overview in less than 30 seconds. The top contestants receive cash prizes and the winner gets the chance to compete in the national elevator pitch competition. The competition is hosted by the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED) and the Technological Innovators and Entrepreneurs Society (TIES) at Missouri S&T.  For more information, contact Eric Anderson by phone at 573-341-4551 or by e-mail at

Idea to Product ®

Idea-to-Product (I2P) is a global competition designed to educate, develop, and inspire the next generation of technology entrepreneurs. The competition is particularly interested in matching university developed technologies with potential markets. The competition originated at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 and has since expanded into Europe and Asia. For more details, click here.

Rice University Business Plan Competition

The Rice University Business Plan Competition (RBPC) is a three-day event intended to simulate the real-world process of raising start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms.  The competition is hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Forty-two teams from top MBA programs compete at Rice University in Houston, Texas for more than $800,000 in prizes. The investment opportunities includes $125,000 for the grand prize winner; $100,000 investment for best Life Science Technology company; $100,000 investment for the best Energy/IT/Nano/Aerospace company; $150,000 in cash distributed among all 42 teams; and the opportunity to advance to the international finals of the MOOT CORP® competition. 

Teams competing in the RBPC have the opportunity to meet and network with over 170 experienced venture capital principals, early stage investors, successful entrepreneurs and/or senior business leaders who serve as judges for the competition and function as venture capital investors deciding on which business venture they would most likely fund.  They are hand picked by the Rice Alliance and participate by invitation only. In the 2008 RBPC, approximately 76% of judges surveyed considered investing in a team that presented or referred a team to a third-party investor. For more information, visit

For more information concerning student competitions, please contact Keith Strassner at (573) 341-6725 or e-mail us.