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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Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Rice University

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 ...

Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Rice University

Great job to all of our teams competing in the 2021 NRLC! We are honored to announce our winners from the championships last night: In 1st place, receiving $27,500 -- rutd: resources united. technology driven. In 2nd place, receiving $20,000 -- Green Room In 3rd place, and also the recipient of the Norman Dresden Leebron ...

Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Rice University

Alumni Watch: Jonathan L. Hua Jonathan is an early stage venture capitalist at Scrum Ventures in Silicon Valley who recently published an article in The Spoon which talks about the potential application of vertical farming technologies to food production on Mars. Cool, right?! He also answers questions all about space-farming and the feasibility of producing food on ...

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