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 Jones Graduate School of Business, the entrepreneurship initiative is home to our faculty and the MBA program which ranks 3rd 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
Owlspark Applications Due
March 3, 2019
Liu Idea Lab,
Open to Rice Community

Applications for OwlSpark Class 7 (Summer 2019) will be open! If you have an innovative technology or business idea, and you’re interested in spending your summer launching your startup, this is a great opportunity. Applications close on Sunday, March 3 at 11:59 p.m.

*About the OwlSpark Accelerator Program*
OwlSpark is a premier accelerated learning experience for promising startup teams to validate and refine business models in preparation for launch. OwlSpark helps build and shape the entrepreneurial capacity of Rice entrepreneurs by providing a robust curriculum, co-working space, and a diverse mentor network over 12 weeks during the summer.

*Eligible Team Composition*
OwlSpark is open to students, staff, and faculty across all schools and all disciplines, as well as alumni within five years, who have an interest in building leadership skills and capacity as innovation-driven entrepreneurs. Eligible startup teams must have two to five founders, and at least one founder must be affiliated with Rice University. International students are eligible, but must secure authorization from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) prior to the start of the program.

*Preparing for the Application Process*
To prepare your startup team for the application process, we have laid out important information surrounding the accelerator program, team composition, and expectations. Be sure to review the information thoroughly.

*Learn more, review the application questions and pitch video criteria, and apply at If you have any questions, please reach out to us at!