Alumni Napier Rice Launch Challenge

The H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge (NRLC) is Rice’s new venture competition, where undergraduate, graduate, MBA students and alumni pitch their business ventures to win a share of $65,000 in equity-free funding, all while launching their venture on the biggest stage of the year.

Student and Alumni Track Competitions

To better serve our entrepreneurial community, we’ve designed dedicated student and alumni NRLC competitions. With two tracks, we are able to offer more finalist spots (and $$$) to Rice startups.

Student Track

Application Deadline: March 3

Round One: March 28

Round Two: March 30

Championships: April 19

Alumni Track

Application Opens: March 2024

Application Deadline: May 2024

Finalist Notified: Early June 2024

Championships: Late June 2024


Alumni from all areas of study are encouraged to apply, along with alumni from any graduating year. 

Solo founders and founder teams are welcome to apply. If applying as a team, members or partners do not need to have a Rice background. However, the co-founder pitching is required to be a Rice alum. Additionally, if applying as a team, please submit only one application. You will have an opportunity to list all team members on the application.

Requirements to Apply

  • One application per team
  • A maximum of 5 members per team. You may also apply as a solo founder.
  • You must submit a 5-minute video of your pitch.
  • The venture must be alum founded, with the alum pitching
  • The venture doesn’t have to be fully launched to apply but must be more than an idea


Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors and Supporters!

We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our community. For their sponsorship and support in fostering entrepreneurship at Rice, we’d like to thank:

Dacia and Lanham Napier, in honor of Al Napier

Runsi Sen, MBA 2004

The Liu Family, in honor of Frank Liu, Jr.

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