Startup Aggieland’s TriFusion Devices will compete in the 2016 Rice Business Plan Competition April 14-16 at Rice University in Houston.
The team will compete with top universities for more than $1 million in prizes in four categories: Life sciences; information technology/web/mobile; energy/clean technology/sustainability and other. The team with the best investment opportunity will win $450,000, including seed funding and the opportunity to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ Marketsite.
Teams will also compete for $5,000 in the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced at the RBPC Awards Banquet on April 16.
TriFusion Devices, cofounded by Blake Teipel and Brandon Sweeney, Ph.D. candidates in Materials Science and Engineering, has developed customizable 3D printed prosthetic leg devices. MBA student Britton Eastburn also joined the team.
Since spring 2015, the team has taken top honors in multiple competitions, winning first place at CNVE’s Raymond Ideas Challenge, the inaugural SEC Pitch Competition in Atlanta and at the Baylor Business Plan Competition in February 2016.
Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open through 1 p.m. April 16 at https://apps.facebook.com/rbpc-polls/form/rbpc2016.