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.
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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.
Are You Ready to DisrupTexas?
This competition is all about changing the game, never settling, pushing boundaries and testing out innovative ideas. We’re looking for big ideas and the passionate students behind them.
Who Should Apply?
Undergraduate entrepreneurs from any 4-year university throughout Texas are welcome to apply! The participating team must contain and be represented by at least one full-time or part-time undergraduate student currently enrolled.
Entrepreneurship is for everyone – diverse teams and innovative products across any industry are welcome. Top industries represented in previous years include: social good, oil and gas, entertainment, retail, business operations, education tech and healthcare tech.
Important: ONLY undergraduates will be invited to pitch at the finals.
Pitch at DisrupTexas among the best of the Lone Star State’s college students and catalyze your startup. Visit the Reviewr Application site to get started!
What Can You Win?
Beyond a full day of feedback from top Austin entrepreneurs and investors, you’ll be eligible for a chance at more than $50K in prizes, including free service offerings and perks from our sponsors.
1st place: $20K
2nd place: $10K
3rd place: $5K
4th place: $3K
5th place: $2K
Plus amazing in-kind prizes!
$50K + in Prizes
Applications due September 14th
Pitches on October 27th.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Save the Date for a workshop designed to help you evaluate your market and craft a winning financing strategy.
Roberto Moctezuma is an entrepreneur, board member, advisor and angel investor with over 20 years of senior executive experience in the tech industry. Roberto is the CEO of Fractal River, an advisory firm that helps organizations thrive through the application of creativity, broad expertise, best practices and advanced technology. Currently, he is focused on driving innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as leveraging machine learning and data science technologies to significantly transform all kinds of processes.
Roberto is very active in the startup community where he is working with community leaders, mentors, accelerators, angel investor networks & universities to grow the Houston entrepreneurial ecosystem. He has been a speaker and coach for the past few years at SXSW, lectures at the Entrepreneurship MBA at Rice and leads Ventures & Innovation for Good Works Houston, a startup accelerator focused on social entrepreneurship.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Want to pitch your idea well? Give a compelling elevator pitch? How would you communicate your idea with someone at a party who you aren’t sure of their level of interest? Come to Beth O’Sullivan’s workshop on messaging and strategy and you’ll be ready to knock any pitch out of the park.
Beth O’Sullivan is a senior lecturer in Management at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business (JGSB). She teaches communication for MBA students, serves on the Action Learning Project Faculty, and teaches in Executive Education. She holds a joint appointment with the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership as a lecturer in Professional and Engineering Communication. She initiated the international immersion program at JGSB and has developed numerous in-class exercises, mini-cases, and on-line/video resources. She also serves as an advisor and pitch coach for several business incubators including TMCx, the business accelerator unit of the Texas Medical Center, and OwlSpark.
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