The Baker Institute’s new McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation conducts policy research to better understand and promote entrepreneurship and innovation. It also provides a forum for stakeholders throughout the entrepreneurial ecosystem to debate ideas, share understanding and effect change. The McNair Center aims to make a real contribution to society and help create an environment that empowers ingenuity and creativity, unleashes the productivity of private enterprise and builds sustainable economic growth. The center is the research-oriented cornerstone of a larger, nationwide consortium of McNair Foundation-funded centers devoted to entrepreneurship education. The Entrepreneurship@Rice Initiative, housed at the business school, is proud to partner with The McNair Center.
Head of Rice Entrepreneurship Initiative
Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship