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.

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.

Thank you to the sponsors of the ATCE Startup Village

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsor

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


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

Table Discussions (1330–1430)

Take an opportunity to participate in multiple  discussions including: 

  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Effectively Pitching Your Startup
  • Protecting Your IP as an Employee
  • Finding the Right Team Members
  • Raising Capital at All Stages

Expert Presentations (1445–1600)

Chris Neale, President, Fracture ID – Engineer to Entrepreneur
Neale will discuss his path and motivations to get to where he is now, and talk about the many skill sets necessary to start, fund, and grow a successful technology company in the oil and gas industry.  

Brian Fenske, Corporate Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
What do investors look for: The VC Perspective
This presentation will focus on what makes a startup attractive to investors and how to structure your start-up to maximize your chance of obtaining an investment. 


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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