Student Competitions

Below are several competitions that TTED either hosts, is affiliated with, or encourages students to pursue.  TTED provides coaching support to students that are interested in pursuing external entrepreneurship and innovation competitions.  For more information about student competitions, please contact TTED at (573) 341-4690 or e-mail us.


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 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


VentureWell BMEidea Competition

The BMEidea competition is a national competition conducted by VentureWell.  It challenges students to pioneer a health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need.  The competition offers collegiate entrepreneurs the opportunity to win up to $10,000 and receive assistance with critical early-stage validation of their biomedical ideas.  For more information, visit

VentureWell DEBUT Competition

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell collaborate to offer the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge, a project that recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation.  DEBUT challenges teams of students in undergraduate biomedical education to solve real world problems in healthcare. Students have the chance to win up to $20,000 to further the development of their concepts.  For more information, visit