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Startup showdown: The winners More than 30 teams battled it out at the Rice Business Plan Competition for $800,000 in cash and seed money. Meet the 7 teams that dazzled the judges. More
The venture game
Even in tough times, money is available for startups with vision and a foolproof plan. Here's what venture capitalists are looking for right now. more
The fight for startup cash
42 startups duked it out in the world's most lucrative business plan competition. We trailed one team to the bitter end. Here is their story. more
Last year's winners: Where are they now?
Striking deals with the San Francisco Giants and landing millions in venture financing, these top teams from last year's Rice Business Plan Competition have battled the downturn to push their ventures forward. more
6 ideas for changing the world
Do good and make money: That's the goal of these six startups. more

If you were a venture capitalist, which field would you invest in this year?
  • Green energy
  • Consumer products
  • IT
  • Financial services
  • Medical technology and pharmaceuticals
  • Nothing; I'd hoard my cash until the economy improves
Read all about the Rice Business Plan Competition. More