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The Rice Business Plan Competition to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell




The Rice Business Plan Competition, the world's richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition, hosted by the Jones Graduate School of Business and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University's internationally-recognized initiative, will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square.

In honor of the occasion, Brad Burke, Managing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and Matt Kesinger, CEO of the 2017 Rice Business Plan Competition, will ring the Closing Bell.


Nasdaq MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio


Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

The Rice Business Plan Competition Contact:

Jeff Falk


Nasdaq MarketSite Media Contact:

Emily Pan

(646) 441-5120

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About The Rice Business Plan Competition

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. Since 2001 more than 200 companies have launched, are in business today or have successfully exited. Past competitors have raised more than $1.7 billion in funding. More than 185 corporations, investors and individuals sponsor the competition, supporting $1.9 million in prizes in 2017.

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship hosts the competition. It is Rice University’s nationally recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education and the launch of technology companies. It was formed as a strategic alliance of three Rice schools: the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Since inception in 1999, more than 2,000 early-stage companies have presented at the 185+ programs hosted by the Rice Alliance and raised more than $4.9 billion in funding.

About Nasdaq:

Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,900 total listings with a market value of approximately $12 trillion. To learn more, visit:


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