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Schedule

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Note: event times are subject to change and contestants should reconfirm the schedule prior to the event.  All times are listed in Central Daylight Time.


Thursday, April 16, 2015
11:00 am – 1:00 pm   Team Registration and Lunch      
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   Past Winners' Panel "How to Win the RBPC"
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm    Practice Round for Teams (non-scoring)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm   Kick-off Reception and Company Showcase
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm   Elevator Pitch Competition
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm    Texas Barbecue Dinner
 
Friday, April 17, 2015
7:30 am – 8:30 am   Breakfast 
8:30 am – 9:00 am   Welcome and Review Judge Instructions (judges required, teams optional)
9:00 am – Noon   First Round Competition
Noon - 1:00 pm   Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm   First Round continued
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm   Networking Break
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm    Feedback Session
4:45 pm – 6:00 pm   Houston Reception and Announcement of Semi-Finalists
     
 
Saturday, April 18, 2015
7:00 am – 8:00 am   Breakfast 
8:00 am – 11:00 am   Semi-Final and Challenge Rounds                                                 
10:30 am - 4:00 pm   Teen Judging Program
11:00 am – Noon   Lunch and Announcement of Finalist Teams
Noon – 4:00 pm   Final Round Competition
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm   Cocktail Reception and Company Showcase 
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm   Awards Banquet 


Thursday, April 16, 2015

11:00 am – 5:30 pm: Team Registration, Past Winners Panel, and Practice Round

Teams will arrive on Rice campus on Thursday afternoon, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, for team registration and lunch. A panel presentation "How to Win the RBPC" with RBPC past winners from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. All teams will participate in a Practice Round beginning at 2:00 pm on Thursday. Teams will present their plan to a small panel of judges and receive feedback prior to the start of Competition on Friday. The Feedback Round on Thursday will not be scored and will NOT count toward the overall competition. This is an opportunity for teams to practice and fine tune their presentation before competition starts on Friday.

Teams should plan to arrive on campus between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to register and obtain their team bags


5:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Company Showcase & Opening Reception, Elevator Pitch Competition, and BBQ Dinner


On Thursday night beginning at 5:30 pm, a Team Showcase and Reception will be held. All teams will be given a portion of a table to display information about their company and the opportunity to meet the judges and other competitors. Teams may bring table top displays that will fit on a 3’ x 2’ table top. Teams can use their laptop for their display, but electric power is not available. Teams may hand out printed materials. (Trade show booths or similar full-sized displays will not be allowed.)
Following the Showcase and Reception, all teams will compete in a 60-second Elevator Pitch Competition highlighting the participants and their companies to all the attendees and officially kicking off the Competition.

Following the Elevator Pitch Competition, teams, judges, and guests will be treated to a Texas Barbecue as the Company Showcase and Reception continues.

Friday, April 17, 2015

7:30 am – 7:00 pm: First Round, Feedback Session, and Announcement of Semi-Finalist

 

A continental breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 am at the Rice Campus. At 8:30 am, a session with judges will be held to explain the rules and selection criteria. Teams are welcome to attend. The First Round presentations will commence at 9:00am on Friday; all teams will orally present their business plans to the judges during the First Round. Teams will be divided into seven flights (of six teams each) based on industry segment. The first and second place winners from each of the seven flights, plus the highest-scoring third place winner will advance to the Semi-Finals. The third through sixth place teams from each of the seven flights will advance to the Challenge Round. The Semi-Finalists and Challenge Round Participants will be announced between 4:45 - 6:00 pm at a Reception at the Baker Institute. Teams must pick up their detailed schedule for Saturday morning, following the announcement.


Teams will not have any required activities on Friday evening (after 6:00 pm).

Saturday, April 18, 2015

7:00 am – 4:00 pm: Semi-Final, Challenge, and Final Rounds

A continental breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 8:00 am at Rice Campus on Saturday morning. The 15 teams in the Semi-Final Round will be divided into three new flights of five teams each. They will begin the competition at 8:00 am.

Teams that don’t advance to the Semi-Final Round will advance to the Challenge Round on Saturday morning. The 27 teams in the Challenge Round will be divided into seven new flights of four teams each (one flight will have three teams). All teams in each of the seven Challenge Round flights will receive cash prizes ranging from $500 to $1,000 per team.

The six finalist teams will be announced at 11:45 am during lunch, and present their business plans in the Final Round on Saturday afternoon staring at Noon and finishing by 4:00 pm.

6:00 pm – 9:45 pm: Awards Banquet, Cocktail Reception, and Team Showcase

The Cocktail Reception and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday night from 6:00 pm to 9:45 pm for all teams, judges and sponsors. We expect more than 600 guests at the Banquet. All winners and prizes will be announced at the Awards Banquet. The Awards Banquet is provided at no cost to the teams.

The Cocktail Reception and Team Showcase will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, just prior to the Awards Banquet. Teams should plan to arrive at 5:00 pm to set up for the Team Showcase. All teams will be given a portion of a table to display information (same guidelines as the Opening Reception Company Showcase on Thursday). Teams will have the opportunity to further discuss their business ideas with judges, sponsors, local business members, and other competitors as well as compete for "Best Company Showcase" award, based on the attendees vote.

Teams may bring table top displays that will fit on a 3’ x 2’ table top. Teams can use their laptop for their display, but electric power is not available. Teams may also hand out printed materials. (Trade show booths or similar full-sized displays will not be allowed.)

Event Locations

Competition Rounds: All Competition events except for the Award’s Banquet on Saturday night will be held at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business in McNair Hall on the Rice University campus in Houston.

Awards Ceremony: The Award’s Banquet will be held at the Omni Houston Hotel, located in the Houston Galleria area. A shuttle will be provided from the Hilton to transport participants to the Westin and back to the hotel after the banquet.