World's Richest and Largest Student Startup Competition - April 5-7, 2018


Enterprise Futures Network (EFN)

Enterprise Futures Network (EFN)

The Rice Alliance has partnered with Enterprise Futures Network (EFN) ( to administer the mentoring program for the competition. Each of the 42 finalist teams will be matched with an expert mentor.

Join other experienced entrepreneurial, business and technology experts by applying to become a mentor today.

EFN's organizer will respond to your application within a week of your submitting it with questions or acceptance into the mentor cohort.

  • The time commitment is about eight to ten hours between approximately March 15, 2017 and April 6, 2017 when the Rice holds the competition in Houston.
  • No travel is required. Mentoring of the teams will be over the phone, email and other means. This competition uses an online Mentoring Platform to make it easier for teams and mentors to connect, share information, and schedule calls.
  • If you are selected as a mentor, you will be matched to team based on your preferences and the teams’ needs.
  • EFN provides training on entrepreneurial mentoring to all mentors and helps mentors connect with each other.
  • Mentors selected for this program are welcome to attend the competition.

Mentors are a powerful and sustaining thread in the program; as a mentor you will have an opportunity to help the young entrepreneurs entering the learn more and be more successful.

Mentors are responsible for commenting on their team’s business plan and highlighting issues that may arise in the pitches during the competition. Mentors give feedback on team pitches and their Power Point Presentations.

EFN is global non-profit entrepreneurial organization founded in 2003 whose mission is to empower and develop young entrepreneurs through mentoring. EFN’s network is comprised of over 3,000 mentors, entrepreneurs, educators, industry experts and investors. EFN’s more than 200 mentors coach over 150 university start-ups a year at more than 50 universities.

The Mentorship Program’s Sponsor is Buckeye Partners, LP.

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“Thank you for allowing us to participate in the mentoring program and EFN’s Post- program. It was a great experience and our mentors were incredible.”

Ramses Alcaide

“We were at a much earlier stage than most of the teams, but still found the experience beneficial. Our EFN mentors were very helpful as a sounding board for a range of challenges we faced will going through the program. In addition, because of EFN's SBIR coaching in the Post-Competition program we are now in a much better position to submit a competitive SBIR application.”

Chris Gazon

“EFN provided us with a great mentor who has experience and expertise in technology sales and was a master at helping us improve our pitch. Additionally, this mentor’s strong connections to our local startup ecosystem (Texas) opened doors for us that otherwise would not have been available. EFN’s Post-Competition program also provided top notch seminars and Silicon Valley investor pitch opportunities.”

Alexander Wesley

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