It’s that time again! Russ co-hosts the opening of the Elevator Pitch competition with Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship. The Elevator Pitch competition is now in its 14th year, with 42 teams from around the world competing for cash and prizes totaling more than $1.6 million. The Rice Alliance, founded in 2000, is a nationally-recognized initiative that supports the launch of startup technology companies. Its Business Plan Competition is the world’s largest and richest of its kind.