Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Open to undergraduates and graduate students from across the university, Lilie offers experiential courses and a variety of co-curricular opportunities for students in interested in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Rice Business Entrepreneurship
Rice Business

Housed at Rice University’s top-10 business school, the entrepreneurship initiative is home to our faculty and the MBA program which ranks 2nd in the U.S. for graduate entrepreneurship and has been in the top 10 for entrepreneurship since 2009.

The Lab
Rice Innovation & Entrepreneurship's new home

The Lab is Rice’s new on-campus hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. A modern, flexible workspace located at the corner of Main and Cambridge in the new Cambridge Building.

We are open!

Please join us. 



McNair Center
for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy and Research

Housed at Rice’s world-renowned independent think tank, the Baker Institute, the McNair Center serves as the nexus for entrepreneurship and innovation policy-related research and thought leadership at Rice.

Rice Alliance
for Technology and Entrepreneurship

Home to the Rice Business Plan Competition, the largest graduate student business plan competition on the planet--with over $1.5 million in prizes each year--and the Rice Venture Forums.

Rice Entrepreneurs Organization

The Rice EO provides a forum for networking, peer–to-peer roundtables, competitions, development and mentorship to Rice alumni and students at all stages of their entrepreneurial life cycle.

Calendar of events
Campus Wide Events
TunaFEST: Back Tuna Future
June 29, 2018
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University
Open to all Rice Affiliates, the Texas Medical Center and Houston Innovation Community

TunaFEST is one of the best science and tech summer festivals at Rice - with free food, fun and science exhibitions! This year's theme is “Back TunaFuture,” and we’re showcasing the best and brightest future science and tech from the brilliant minds at Rice University.

This event is FREE to all our friends at Rice University, the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Innovation community (e.g. tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, business leaders, Makers, and nerds).

This year also marks the retirement of Prof. Wade Adams, the founder of TunaFest.


About the Rice TunaFEST:

Wade Adams “retired” as Chief Scientist of the Materials Directorate in the Air Force Research Lab, and in January 2002 became head of Rice’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, working for Rick Smalley. Later that year, Wade and his wife, Mert, returned to Houston from fishing – off of the Carolina Outer Banks – with TOO MUCH TUNA. Quite naturally for Wade and Mert, “too much tuna” became “let’s have a cookout,” and TunaFEST was born. The critical elements were hospitality and fun, and the result was a tradition that the entire Rice community looked forward to every year – on the last Friday before the Fourth of July.

By the time we held the most recent TunaFEST (TunaFinity and Beyond!!!) in 2011 – with upwards of 2,300 people – the traditions of the party had grown to include live music from The Blaggards – featuring Rick Smalley’s eldest son; plus a piñata, special T-shirts, beer from St. Arnold’s, and – of course – tuna, burgers, hot dogs, brownies, door prizes... Mainly, an excuse for Rice workers, students, staff and faculty, and friends from the Rice and Med Center community, to get together and celebrate before scattering for Independence Day.

Plus, seemingly by accident, TunaFEST has always been productive. No accident, really, because when you get that many bright people together, good ideas come out.

When Wade retired from the Smalley Institute, TunaFEST retired…until now! We are bringing TunaFEST back – keeping all of the fun, putting it in a better location (more accessible to the Texas Medical Center) and adding new things: art and technology.