World's Richest and Largest Student Startup Competition - April 5-7, 2018

2016 Prizes

Prize(s) Sponsor(s)
$300,000 Investment Grand Prize Sponsor The GOOSE Society of Texas
OWL Investment Prize Sponsor Owl Investment Group
$100,000, $25,000, $10,000 Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Challenge Prizes Sponsor Cisco
$50,000 TiE RBPC Angel Investment Prize Sponsor TiE Angel Investment Group
$50,000 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Energy Prize Sponsor U.S. Department of Energy
Platinum RBPC Sponsors Mercury Fund
Shell Technology Ventures
$25,000 Rice University, George R. Brown School of Engineering Tech Innovation Prize Sponsor Brown School of Engineering, Rice University
$15,000 Polsinelli Innovation Prize Polsinelli
$10,000 Clean Tech Innovation Prize Sponsor Wells Fargo
DV Tech University of Louisville
Electrospun Nanotechnologies Stony Brook University
$40,000 2nd Place Prize Sponsor Finger Interests, Ltd., Anderson Family Fund, Greater Houston Community Foundation
3rd Place Prize Sponsor Norton Rose Fulbright
4th Place Prize Sponsor EY
5th Place Prize Sponsor Shell Technology Ventures
6th Place Prize Sponsor Chevron Technology Ventures
$25,000 Courageous Women Entrepreneur Prize Sponsor nCourage Entrepreneurs Investment Group
$25,000 Women’s Health and Wellness Innovations Prize Sandi Heysinger and Dick Williams
$45,000 CASIS ISS National Lab Space Flight Prize CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space)
$20,000 NASA Earth/Space Human Health & Performance Innovation Cash Award Sponsor NASA Johnson Space Center
$15,000 Commercial Space Activity Prize Sponsor Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust
$10,000 Edward H. Molter Memorial Prize for Best Presentation Sponsor Miller, Egan, Molter & Nelson LLP
$10,000 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Prize Sponsor Pearland Economic Development Corportaion
$10,000 Shell Technology Ventures Energy Prize Sponsor Shell Technology Ventures
$5,000 People’s Choice Prize Sponsor Comcast Business
$3,000 James Nicolaou Memorial Prize Sponsor Karen Nicolaou, Antropos
Houston Health Ventures Award Sponsor Houston Health Ventures
Elevator Pitch Competition Sponsor Mercury Fund
Station Houston Engine of Innovation Prize Station Houston
High School Judging Prize Sponsors BBVA Compass, Bob Cuyler, Brian Patterson,
James Dumler, Blair Garrou, Rob Turri, Paul Pryzant
John Reale, Susan Hawes
Semi-Final Round Sponsors Baker Botts, LLP
Energy Innovation Capital
Hollinden Marketers + Strategists
Challenge Round Sponsors Duane Morris LLP
FMC Technologies
GE Ventures
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
Website and Hosting Prize Sponsor ContentActive
Best Written Business Plan Prize Sponsor Palo Alto Software
NASDAQ Bell Ringing Ceremony Sponsor NASDAQ
Branding Design and Marketing Communications Prize Sponsors BrandExtract
The Padgett Group
Mentoring Prize Sponsor Enterprise Futures Network
Buckeye Partners, LP
Silver Fox Advisors
Houston Angel Network Presentation Prize Sponsor Houston Angel Network
Thursday Kick-off Sponsor Haynes and Boone, LLP
Thursday BBQ Dinner Sponsor Teakwood Capital
Lunch Sponsors Winstead
Vinson & Elkins
Networking Break Comerica
Semi-Final Announcement Co-Host Jones Partners
Houston - The City With No Limits Reception Sponsors Greater Houston Partnership
Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company
Awards Banquet Company Showcase Sponsor Orrick
Awards Banquet Sponsors EY
Norton Rose Fulbright
Leader Board Sponsor BBVA Compass
T-Shirt Sponsor PKF Texas
Judges’ Gift Sponsor Syren Capital
Backpack Sponsor S3 Ventures
Lanyard Sponsor Spirit of Texas Bank
Official Accountants of the RBPC PKF Texas
Sponsors of the OWL Investment Prize BBVA Compass
Norton Rose Fulbright
PKF Texas
Software Sponsors LivePlan
Palo Alto Software
Funding Platform Sponsor Next Gen Capital
Print Sponsor Minuteman Press
Video Production Sponsor StoryHive
Startup Compete Sponsor Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Media Sponsors Forbes
The BusinessMakers Show
Houston Business Journal
All Asia & All Europe Business Plan Competition Sponsor The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
VIP Reception Sponsor BBVA Compass
Supporting Sponsors

Andrews Kurth
Biotechnology YES Competition, Biotechnology and
Biological Sciences Research Council
Data Foundry
Fannin Innovation Studio
J.P. Morgan Chase
Square 1
Thompson & Knight LLP
Waste Management

Awards Banquet Table Sponsors Jones Partners
Laura and John Arnold
Jones Career Management Center
Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
Houston Angel Network
TiE Global
TiE Houston

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