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Startup Showdown 2008

FSB teamed up with Rice University in a contest to find the best student business plans in the nation.

And the winner is: Death to scalpers
Their software stops the middleman from jacking up the price of your concert tickets. (more)
Second place: Hot ski jackets
This teamís idea was a real gas: inflatable outdoor-wear to keep the cold out. (more)
Third place: How to live forever
In this bank you donít save your pennies. They save your healthy cells for a rainy day. (more)
The entire playing field
Here's how all 36 teams stacked up against each other. (more)

Gone in 60 seconds

Each team was given one minute to describe its business plan. Watch the top pitches below.

The winner: Scalpers beware Qcue's Barry Kahn delivers his team's winning sell. (morevideo
Second place: Gassing up Klymit's Nate Alder with the pitch that landed his team the number two spot. (morevideo
Third place: Save your cells NeuroBank's Ray Sekula sells saving cells for the number three slot. (morevideo
Think you have a stellar business plan? Take this quiz to find out if your plan could wow the judges. (more)
Find out more about the Rice Business Plan Competition and the deadlines for next year. (more)
Which of the top seven companies has the best idea?
  • qcue
  • Klymit
  • NeuroBank
  • MicroTransponder
  • Enexra
  • HeartSounds
  • Etoh Pharmaceuticals

QMy dream is to launch my own business someday. Now that it's time to choose a major, I'm debating if I should major in entrepreneurial studies or major in engineering to acquire a set of skills first. Is majoring in entrepreneurship a good choice? More
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- Spate, Orange, Calif.

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