The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship kicked off its Call for Entries for the 2011 Rice Business Plan Competition today by announcing the new $100,000 Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB) Prize for CleanTech Innovation. The KPCB prize is intended to encourage business and technology solutions for cleaner power, transportation and water.
The event will take place from April 14th to 16th, 2011, in Houston, Texas. KPCB Partner John Doerr will be in attendance on April 15 for the Finalists’ Reception at the Jones Graduate School of Business.
Winners of the competition will be announced on April 16 in front of more than 650 including a judging panel of more than 250 venture capitalists, investors and business executives at the InterContinental Houston Hotel.
Teams from 42 of the world’s top graduate schools will participate this year in the overall business plan competition, which has a total prize pool of more than $1 million in prizes.
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship (Rice Alliance) is Rice University’s nationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies.
Teams can apply to compete until February 18, 2011.