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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Principal, Neo

Claire Shorall advocates for women having equal opportunity in the tech and investment space. After graduating Rice in 2010, she worked in Oakland for 7 years where she developed STEM education for the Oakland Unified School District. Two thirds of the students in the programs were females! Now at NEO, a community of tech talent and a venture fund, she is continuing to help build technical talent and elevate females in STEM.

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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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Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Rice University

Another podium finish for the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) team! Impressively, they pushed through all the Texas winter storm chaos and competed despite electricity black outs and water supply issues – and they took 2nd place! Lilie would like to give a huge shout out to this year’s VCIC team and to all the people ...

Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Rice University

"Wouldn’t it be great to know potential partners’ appetite for risk, how they deal with deadlines, their proactivity or reactivity to issues before you meet them? Or how they respond to pressure?" What we see on paper is only a piece of the puzzle. People are complex, and they are also a business' biggest asset. Learn the power and ...

Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Rice University

Who runs the world? Girls! Did you know that in 2020, 40% of businesses in the United States were owned by women and generated more than $1.8 TRILLION? To hear about how the presence of women in entrepreneurship and investing is only going up, tune into our lunchtime chat about it on Wednesday, February 17th at 12pm. ...

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