Behind the scenes at the annual contest for budding entrepreneurs.
By David A. Kaplan and Anne VanderMey
FORTUNE -- It may not have the ubiquity of Facebook or the scale of Wal-Mart, but NuMat Technologies someday could change the world just a little bit. At least that's what the audacious student entrepreneurs behind it believe. NuMat is a university spinout that aims to revolutionize clean tech by making natural-gas vehicles more MOREMay 17, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Google's Gautam Gandhi took home the top prize at the Rice University Business Plan Competition in 2004. He talks to Fortune about the startup climate in the U.S., the value of business plan competitions, and what aspiring entrepreneurs ought to know. Interview by Anne VanderMeyApr 13, 2012 2:54 PM ET
Finding great job candidates is both time-consuming and competitive, especially for startups. Some companies and B-schools are getting creative.
By Ethan Rouen, contributor
FORTUNE -- Just hearing the words "cash flow" can send a startup CEO into a panic, and for good reason. Entrepreneurs are frequently lectured on the importance of managing cash as their businesses grow, and hot companies can implode when they run out of money to support their expansion.
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Most new grads have no money and little, if any, real-world experience. Even so, launching a startup may be less crazy than it sounds. By Anne FisherMay 26, 2011 2:12 PM ET
From an answer to trash buildup in India to building a better, cheaper light bulb, here's a look at the 42 winning ideas that will compete for top prize at Rice's upcoming business plan competition.
FORTUNE -- What do an upscale men's barbershop chain and a vaccine to combat the pesky horn fly have in common? Both are among the 42 business ideas selected to compete in the prestigious Rice University MOREApr 1, 2011 1:54 PM ET
The dizzying pace of a startup company frequently leads to legal mistakes that could shake a budding company to its core. Entrepreneurs, take note: Here are a few things to keep in mind.
By Benjamin K. Riley, contributor
Startup or emerging growth companies have to act decisively, efficiently and quickly. But the frenetic pace and other challenges these companies face often lead to serious legal mistakes. All too often, these companies MOREFeb 17, 2011 10:38 AM ET
When it comes to launching a successful startup, drinking your own Kool-Aid can be the enemy of sound decisions. Here are three signs that you might be doing it.
By Anthony Lee, contributor
In my twenty years of working in and with startups, I've continually tried to figure out what makes some work and others not. There are myriad factors of brilliance, determination, luck and timing that go into the success equation.
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