Lilie New Entrepreneurs Grant


Lilie New Entrepreneurs Grant awards $10,000 to incoming student(s) to develop entrepreneurial ideas.


The highlights?


  • The recipient(s) will be awarded up to $10,000 to develop and implement an exceptional idea, innovation, discovery or entrepreneurial undertaking in the course of their undergraduate study at Rice.
  • The recipient(s) will be allowed to withdraw funds (not exceeding $10,000) incrementally to support the design and growth of his/her project.
  • In addition to financial support, the winner(s) of this award will have the support of faculty, mentors, and programs of the broader university and the Lui Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie).
  • Any major or discipline is welcome. The program aims to support students seeking to develop ideas while enhancing their educational experience.



2016 Recipients


Anthony Cho (left) was born in small city in South Korea called Pohang. He was raised in Houston, TX where he has pursued a variety of interests ranging from gardening to breakdancing. His greatest interest, however, has always been in creating. He has developed CAD designs, a satellite calibration program, android applications, websites, circuits, robots, and the like.  He is also passionate about entrepreneurship. In addition to the NEG, he won $1000 from Rice’s Annual Undergraduate Elevator Pitch Competition for his idea. He is involved in the Rice entrepreneurship community and is always looking to participate in events such as the Houston 3 Day Start Up. You can learn more about him and his projects at

Namanh Kapur (right) is a freshman at Duncan College majoring in computer science. An Indian citizen by birth, Namanh has lived in 7 different countries – Indonesia, Angola, Nigeria, Singapore, the United States, Brazil, and France – and speaks 4 languages – English, Hindi, French, and Portuguese. A globally aware individual, he appreciates diversity, has a passion for problem-solving, and seeks to connect the world through sustainable technology. For these reasons, he enjoys participating in ‘hackathons’. In these mystical places, where coders thrive on 24+ hours of no sleep and constant work, he has actively contributed to two Android app projects, a VR simulation, and a hardware device. Namanh enjoys longboarding, performing magic tricks, and watching inspirational, true-story movies. He aspires to one day start his own company.  A list of his projects can be found on his website


Who can Apply?


  • Only incoming freshman are permitted to apply for the grant.
  • Applicant must have been accepted in to Rice University as a first year student beginning Fall 2017.
  • The applicant must have paid their tuition deposit to Rice University by May 1, 2017 (Admissions Office guidelines).


How to Apply?

  • Fill out the following information in the application HERE by July 1st.
  • You will be expected to upload an entrepreneurial highlight from your background, a pitch about a preliminary idea, produce a personal statement and project abstract, and provide two letters of reference.
  • Winner(s) will be announced no later than July 18, 2017.


Apply Here


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