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The World’s Largest and Richest Student Startup Competition
The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. EFN co-founded the Mentorship Program in 2013 with Rice that includes a pre- and post competition program.
The purpose of this research is to study what helps entrepreneurial mentoring programs be most effective and to gain insight into mentee-mentee relationship dynamics.
National Entrepreneurial Mentoring Research
Empower Innovation strives to accelerate the journey for cleantech entrepreneurs with easy access to funding and development opportunities and curated connections to investors and early stage technology adopters.
Empower Innovation Network, a global Cleantech Platform
Annually, EFN gives more than 800 entrepreneurs from across the globe training and access to the EFNetwork and fundraising resources.
EFN helps companies engage their staff as mentors, advisors and judges in our entrepreneurial and innovation programs.
What Our Partners and Entrepreneurs Say About EFN
“Since 2013, we have partnered with EFN to deliver a very high quality mentoring program to students worldwide competing in the Rice Business Plan Competition, the World’s largest student startup competition.”
Managing Director, Rice Alliance & Executive Director, Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers
“Mentors are where the magic happens at Techstars. Mentoring is the backbone of our accelerator programs and EFN is the expert at designing mentor programs that make this same magic happen for entrepreneurs and their mentors across the U.S.”
Managing Director, Techstars Mobility, Detroit
“Strong mentoring is a critical factor for entrepreneurial success. EFN and its 500 mentors are extremely valuable to the success of entrepreneurs across the country by helping organizations develop their capacity to deliver quality mentoring.”
Co-Founder, Garage Technology Ventures, Silicon Valley
”EFN’ mentored us when we were students at Stanford in 2006. We’re now enabling over 1 million people to upgrade from kerosene to solar light every month! I feel really privileged to have a chance to work with EFN and their mentors even to this day.”