2006 RBPC Grand Prize Winner, ATDynamics, is one of 133 companies who have launched their business after competing in the RBPC. Still in business today, and having raised nearly $400 million in funding, ATDynamics trailer aerodynamics technology is reducing the fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions of leading North American trucking fleets by 12%. The company's TrailerTail® rear-drag aerodynamics technology will deliver over $20 billion in fuel savings to trucking companies and consumers over the next decade by streamlining the airflow at the back of 2 million long-haul semi-trailers pulled on US and international highways. Over the next five years, TrailerTail® technology is projected to reduce fuel consumption by as much as the entire US electric vehicle industry. Watch a video from Andrew Smith, ATDynamics founder and CEO, presented at the 2011 RBPC.

ATDynamics is one example of a business idea capable of making a BIG impact on how we consume energy. If you think YOU have the next big thing, check out our website for more information and to apply. The 2012 Rice Business Plan Competition is open for applications due February 17, 2012 by noon cst. The competition will be held April 12-14, 2012 on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas. 42 Teams will be invited to compete, with up to 12 teams vying for the new $100,000 DOE Clean Energy Prize. Students will present to and have the opportunity to network with the more than 250 judges who are VCs, executives and successful entrepreneurs. Student teams from any school can apply to compete for the RBPC DOE Clean Energy Prize (as well as be eligible for all other RBPC prizes); the winner of the DOE Clean Energy Prize at the RBPC will represent the Western Southwest Region at a National DOE Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. To learn more visit: www.rbpc.rice.edu.