The Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) is the largest and richest graduate-level student startup competition in the world. Since its inception in 2001, RBPC has grown from 9 competing teams with $10,000 in prize money to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash and investment prizes. In 2005, as a way to support budding entrepreneurs and give back to the Houston community, Jack Gill and 4 other investors decided to form the GOOSE Society and give the grand prize at RBPC. The GOOSE grand prize is now $300,000 with the potential of a much larger investment.
Out of the twelve winners since GOOSE’s inception, there have been 4 successful exits with the most recent being Adhesys Medical (formerly Medical Adhesive Revolution). Another noteworthy exit was Auditude which sold to Adobe. Overall, RBPC winners have returned 2x more capital to the GOOSE Society than invested.
We are pleased to announce that Anthony George, CEO of Nautical Control Solutions, is joining the GOOSE Society of Texas. Anthony has spent twenty-five years in the fields of automation and control systems engineering and marine fuel management systems as an entrepreneur and inventor. Nautical Control Solutions owns the FuelTrax line of Marine Fuel Management products and Anthony holds patents in US, Canada, and Europe. FuelTrax is the first and most advanced, end-to-end, marine fuel measuring, monitoring and reporting system on the market today. Installed on several hundred vessels world-wide, the company is growing rapidly.
Prior to Nautical Control Solutions, Anthony founded Control Dynamics International (CDI) which managed automation engineering practices in the lumber, food, cement and oil and gas industries. During his tenure as President of CDI, Anthony had a few stand-out accomplishments including:
Inventing and patenting, in conjunction with ExxonMobil, the Universal Master Control Station that controls all aspects of sub-sea oil and gas production and greatly enhances the control and flexibility oil companies now enjoy in deep water fields.
Inventing, in conjunction with Frito-Lay, the automation equipment responsible for the Scoop Chip.
CDI was sold to a publicly traded engineering company in 2001.
He is happily married to Michelle George and has two sons, Blake and Grant. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics with Electrical Engineering Concentration and a minor in Computer Science from Lamar University. He completed Rice University’s Corporate Financial Management Executive Education course 1999.
Members of the GOOSE Society of Texas invest a minimum of $350,000 – $500,000 annually and must have a passion for getting deeply involved in startup operations and helping GOOSE portfolio startups and the Houston entrepreneurial ecosystem succeed.
To further the mission to recognize, study, promote, teach, practice, support and celebrate entrepreneurship, GOOSE has moved into a new phase of organization and structure. Samantha Lewis, a Rice MBA, is the newly appointed Director of the GOOSE Society and shares the goal to grow the Houston startup ecosystem (bio below). Jack Gill will remain involved as Chairman, Jay Collins will serve a one-year term as President and Larry Lawson, Ashok Rao, Brian Patterson, and David Klein will serve on the Board of Directors.
Samantha’s passion is entrepreneurship and building the Houston start-up ecosystem. Before attending Rice Business school, she successfully started two ventures, one of which she recently exited. The other company, New Mexico Green Chile Co, generates over $3 million in annual revenue and boasts of customers like Torchy’s Tacos and HEB. Samantha’s position at the GOOSE Society allows her access to high growth, scalable start-ups and the opportunity to help build the Houston start-up ecosystem.
During her time at Rice Business, she helped launch two tech start-ups, worked with a start-up private equity firm, participated in the Rice Alliance accelerator OwlSpark, and interned at Station Houston. Samantha pitched at five business plan competitions including the Rice Business Plan Competition and the Rice Launch Competition where her start-up, Trace Matters, won the $10,000 first place prize. She received the Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship, the National Association of Women MBA’s Scholarship, and the Jones Citizen Award. Her peers elected her as Alumni Class Ambassador for the full-time Class of 2017. Her favorite position at Rice was as President of the Rice Business Wine Club, a position she used to host the inaugural Rice Business Wine Tasting Competition.