9-11 OCTOBER 2017

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas, USA


SPE, in partnership with the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University, is hosting a fast-paced competition showcasing emerging energy technology companies.

In the morning, eligible companies will compete for potential partnerships and prize money in the first Energy Startup Competition at ATCE. In the afternoon, all participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and hear advice from investors, industry representatives, and veteran entrepreneurs about building startups.


Application For Emerging Technology Companies

Finalist companies selected to present on 10 October will have the opportunity to participate in a mentoring session on 9 October. Finalist companies will receive complimentary admission to ATCE, and be eligible to receive a portion of USD 75,000 or more in cash prizes.

To apply, companies should submit an Executive Summary by 1 August 2017. There is no fee to apply or compete. Registration for Startup Village is complimentary with your ATCE Registration.


Thank you to the sponsors of the ATCE Startup Village


About the Event

The event is hosted by SPE in partnership with the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, based at Rice University. The Rice Alliance has successfully conducted more than 50 similar events over the past 17 years, with presenting companies going on to raise USD 3.7 billion+ in startup and follow-on funding.

The Energy Startup Competition at ATCE is a fast-paced event that will showcase promising emerging technology companies in the energy sector. Each company will have 5-8 minutes to provide a pitch about their company to a group of venture capitalists, angel investors, and industry leaders. Competitors will receive visibility among leaders in the upstream energy industry, recognition as technology leaders, opportunity for cash prizes, networking with leading energy investors, and mentoring.

ATCE Startup Village Application Button

Admittance to ATCE Startup Village is included with your ATCE registration.

Date: Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Time: The Energy Startup Competition is from 0830–1155 
Location: Henry B Gonzalez Conference Center (River Level) Room 006 A-C

How to Apply

Startup companies interested in applying should submit an Executive Summary by 1 August 2017. There is no fee to apply or compete. 



0830–1155: Energy Startup Competition
1330–1430: Table Discussions
1430–1445: Networking Break
1445–1600: Expert Presentations
1600–1630: Energy Startup Competition Awards


If you have questions about ATCE Startup Village or being a sponsor for the event, please contact Melissa Schultea. For questions regarding the Energy Startup Competition, please contact: Sam Mason, Rice Alliance Program Manager. 

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit organization. Income from this event will be invested back into SPE to support many other Society programs. When you attend an SPE event, you help provide even more opportunities for industry professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence. Scholarships, certification, the Distinguished Lecturer program, and SPE's energy education program Energy4me are just a few examples of programs that are supported by SPE.


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