FORTUNE -- Who knows, maybe you have a novel solution to the world's energy challenges, a unique take on empowering entrepreneurs in the developing world, or a fancy-pants way to control a tablet with your eyes. Well, if you are in need of cash to prop up that brilliant business idea of yours, Rice University is interested.
The Rice University Business Plan Competition is arguably the richest and largest of such contests, with over $1 million in cash and prizes on the table. Forty-two teams of budding business titans will go head-to-head this year for a piece of that funding pie in a three-day competition that will run from April 11-13 at Rice University's Houston, Texas campus.
Even if you don't go home with a prize, the competition is worth the trip. Over 250 judges, many of them venture capitalists and seasoned entrepreneurs, will be on hand, offering a prime schmoozing opportunity.
Fortune will be there, reporting back on the entrepreneurial highs and lows at this science-fair-meets-infomercial-meets-debate championship. (Fortune is also a sponsor for this event.) No matter who wins, it'll be a show worth watching. The deadline for entries is February 18, so get going.
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Budding entrepreneurs take note: more than $1 million in cash and prizes will be up for grabs at the upcoming Rice Business Plan Competition.
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