2018 South Regional Finals
Houston, TX
February 9, 2018
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The Liu Idea Lab is in the new Cambridge Building, which is behind the Allen Center and across from Lovett College. We suggest you enter Rice University through entrance #3 off of Main Street, onto Cambridge. The building is the first building on your right. Take a right at the first stop sign (as soon as you turn into campus), and follow the road around to the parking garage. The garage is paperless, so you will not get a ticket. You will need to insert your credit card upon entry, $11/day.  (building #78 on this map).
Recommended  hotels: Hotel Zaza or Hilton in the Medical Center


Previous years this region: 2017, 2016, 2015






  • 5:00 p.m.    Local time of event. Teams receive business plans by email.


  • 8:00 a.m.    Team, Judge, and Startup Check-in and Refreshments
  • 8:30 a.m.    Instructions for all (Teams, Judges, and Startups)
  • 9:00 a.m.    Startup pitches
  • 10:00 a.m.  Due diligence sessions (15 minutes each)
  • 11:30 a.m.   Lunch and team work session
  • 1:00 p.m.    Written deliverables due by email  (use filename “Teamname_Startupname.doc/pdf” template)
  • 1:30 p.m.    Partner meetings (15 minutes each)
  • 3:30 p.m.   Judges vote for top two teams
  • 3:45 p.m.    Negotiations (top two teams only, 10 minutes each)
  • 4:30 p.m.    Awards ceremony + networking with judges
  • 6:00 p.m.    Networking event at local venue