The Veterans Business Battle began in 2015 as a partnership between EO of Houston and Rice Veterans in Business Association with a goal of inspiring and encouraging our nation’s military heroes to become successful entrepreneurs.
Each year, the two-day event gives military veterans an opportunity to pitch business ideas to investors and lenders for a chance to raise capital. During the competition, finalists attend workshops geared toward businesses in early stages of development, have the opportunity to perfect their pitch and receive feedback from professionals, network with potential investors and learn from other entrepreneurial success stories.
With more than $2.3 million of investment offers extended thus far, it’s the largest veteran business competition in the country.


The mission of the Rice Veterans in Business Association (VIBA) is two-fold. First, we will provide assistance to veterans transitioning from military service to student life at Rice University. Second, we will uphold our commitment to service by partnering with other student organizations, Rice Alumni, and the Houston business community to participate and sponsor in philanthropic events that benefit charitable veteran and military organizations.

  1. Provide transition support, leadership guidance, resume advice, and networking opportunities to all veterans attending Rice University.
  2. Raise money for charitable veteran and military service organizations.
  3. Provide an opportunity for all Rice students to network with veterans in business and to participate in fund raising efforts that support charitable veteran organizations.
  4. Build a strong academic, professional, and personal support network among Rice alumni and the veteran community at Rice University.

Military Scholars Program

The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is proud to announce the launch of the Military Scholars Program. This program is the result of a group of generous community members who wanted to acknowledge, honor, and support those who proudly serve our country.

The Military Scholars Program will provide scholarships to cover tuition, fees, and expected living expenses for selected applicants who wish to pursue their educational dream of obtaining the Rice MBA degree. For more information on applying to the program, visit

We are grateful for those of you who serve in the military and encourage you to consider this opportunity. For more information about Rice MBA students with a background in the military, please visit

If you have questions about the Military Scholars Program, please contact

All veterans and active duty military applying to the Full Time Rice MBA Program by January 4, 2018 will be considered.



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