NASA to Award $80,000 in Rice University Business Plan Competition
The three new prizes will be awarded for the best business plans representing an engineering technology that has applications to both the NASA space program and to earth-based activities, according to
The 2009 Rice Business Plan Competition will take place
“Being part of the Rice Alliance gives us the opportunity to encourage innovation with industry and academia,” said
“We are excited about sponsoring three prizes this year. I’m confident that through venues like this, JSC Engineering can cultivate and grow exciting new partnerships and benefit from the diversity of this group in the way we bring engineering solutions to human spaceflight,” added Altemus.
In 2008, the NASA Earth/Space Life Science Innovation Award went to HeartSounds from the
“Our goal is to identify a promising technology that may have an application to improving human health and performance during spaceflight. By participating in this competition, we hope to identify new technologies at an early phase of development that we later fly on the International Space Station or forecast for use during the Constellation program. We can evaluate emerging technologies designed for terrestrial applications that could have applications to human spaceflight. We especially see possibilities with commercial home health development,” said Davis.
The Rice Business Plan Competition is a three-day event intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early stage investors and venture capital firms.
The Competition, hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at
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