About Lilie

The Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie) is the home of experiential learning and co-curricular activities in entrepreneurship and innovation at Rice University. Our mission is to equip Rice students with both entrepreneurial skills and the entrepreneurial mindset to prepare them to be entrepreneurs and innovators in whatever industry they choose, be it a technology startup, government, civic group, non-profit, small business, or large corporation.

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Our Stats


U.S. Entrepreneurship Program ranking by the Princeton Review, 2020, 2021, & 2022


Undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship-focused course offerings


Faculty members that have started, bought, or run a business


Standalone entrepreneurship skill building, speaker, competition, and networking programs for students


Companies started by Rice grads since 2015

Rice Success Stories


Founder & CEO, Cohesity

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Co-Founder and CEO, TopKnot

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Co-founder & COO, Decisio Health

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Train yourself to think more entrepreneurially. Our classes explore and emphasize a combination of entrepreneurial skills and mindset with critical thinking and analytical reasoning at the core.


Whether you are looking to dip your toes into entrepreneurship or launch a company while at Rice, we have a wide array of opportunities for you to get the experiences and resources you need.

The Lab

Our lab space is open the Rice community for coworking, events, and courses. Please stop by to take a tour and learn more about how you can leverage this resource.


As a global powerhouse in entrepreneurship education, Rice University has a world-class community of alumni that are engaged in entrepreneurial and innovative pursuits. Our alumni have transformed industries through the creation and funding of game-changing startups as well as established first-in-class entrepreneurial ecosystems around the globe.

Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Back to back to back! For three years in a row, ’s graduate entrepreneurship program at has ranked #1 by and !  In 13 years we went from from top 10 to top 3 to #1! “When you combine the experienced entrepreneurs and investors who serve as our faculty and mentors, and the kind of problem-rich ...

Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Announcing: Micaela McGlone Micaela is the new Senior Associate Director at LILIE! We had a chance to ask her a few questions to learn more about her: Favorite travel spot? I am currently on vacation on Chincoteague Island, VA and I think it’s now in the running for my favorite vacation spot. Seattle has also always been ...

Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

We're proud to announce we have 8 teams moving on to the Finalist Round of the 2021 NRLC Alumni Track! Thank you to everyone who applied. We had a record-breaking 48 applications this year and narrowed it down to the top 8! Each team is competing for their chance at up to $25,000 for their start-up. Here's who ...

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