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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Are you looking for a partner? Do you want to debate your business idea with like-minded people? Are you looking for your next opportunity? Do you feel like entrepreneurship is your way?
You want to change the world. If only you had:
someone to partner with
someone to obsess over the details with
someone to work out the snags with
someone to share a dream with
someone to inspire you to work all night
Come to our Founder Finder, and find your team.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Silicon Valley has been the epicenter of technology startup formation since the days of Fairchild Semiconductor (1957). Today, as “software eats the world” and tech becomes a predominant driver—and disruptor—of new jobs, communities need to become vibrant tech centers to thrive in tomorrow’s techdriven economy. Can a city replicate Silicon Valley’s success? We look at what made Silicon Valley fruitful
in the first place, look at some early wins in other geographies including Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, and try to formulate a recipe for how to build a vibrant technology ecosystem.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
There is a myth in Silicon Valley that product-market fit comes from inspiration that strikes a magical person who then designs something wonderful, releases it to the public, and it takes off. This isn’t true for the vast majority of products. Finding product-market fit takes time and diligent work. It consists of constant testing, feedback and learning, and it’s crucial for future growth. Most importantly, it requires entrepreneurs to restrain their desire to sell and instead to focus on objective exploration.
Work with Diana to learn how to find your market fit and ask the right questions.
Diana is the founder of Monarq Incubator, powers exceptional women-led startups by provides them with all the resources, mentorship and introductions they need to raise your next round. She spent a decade in tech investment banking working on mergers and acquisitions and institutional commodities sales company led to a desire to improve the lives of women. After building and launching the first women-only iPhone app for new friends and networking, I became compelled to solve the difficulties women founders faced rather than build only one company and solve only one type of problem. I grew my network in Nw York and Houston through high impact events including #SheHacks hackathons, #MonarqMoguls Investor + Founder events and the #MentHERnyc summit bringing together the most promising women-led companies with the most active investors/advisors in the NYC area.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Have a technology or a business idea and want to find team members and co-founder? Don’t have a business idea but want to work on a startup idea? Join us for a two part event that will bring together the Rice community to form interdisciplinary teams to start new ventures. We are bringing together engineers, artists, MBAs, scientists, designers, PhDs, writers, et al. for an evening of sharing and team formation.
This event is a follow-on from the Founder Finder on October 2nd.
The Liu Idea Lab is now
open to the Rice Community.
Please visit the space for
creating, co-working, meeting, and making!
Visit the Lab