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


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

Many entrepreneurs seem to struggle with following what they are passionate about, versus creating startups just for the money.
Mohit Aron went with passion, co-founded a company that successfully completed an IPO with a valuation of more than $6 billion today, and has raised more than $400 million for a second venture which has already surpassed the billion dollar valuation.

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Co-Founder and CEO, TopKnot

Claire Shorall advocates for women having equal opportunity in the tech and investment space. Claire is co-founder and CEO at Topknot , the online personal development platform for women. Prior to founding Topknot, she was a principal at Neo, a mentorship community and VC fund. She started her career in education through Teach For America. She has taught high school for a decade and led computer science education at the Oakland Unified School District.

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Co-founder & COO, Decisio Health

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Washington and Lee University, 1996
Master of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), 1998.
Master of Business Administration, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University, 2000.

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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

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 ...

Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Great News! Our NRLC Deadline for the Alumni Application has been extended thru May 28th! Enter your venture idea, startup, or small business for a chance to win a share of $50k in equity-free seed funding. Here are the new key dates: Application deadline – May 28th Finalists announced – June 4th Championships – June 24th ...

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