Calendar of Events
Napier Rice Launch Challege Workshop
Customer Discovery Workshop
Oct. 11, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Liu Idea Lab, Main Room
Open to all Rice students

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.

Competition
DisrupTexas - Undergraduate Pitch Competition
Oct. 27, 2018
Pitch Day
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Austin, Texas
Open to all Undergraduate Students

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.

Cash Prizes:
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.

Campus Wide Events
President's Lecture Series Ft. John Doerr
Dec. 4, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Stude Concert Hall
Open to all Rice students and alumni

The Rice University President’s Lecture Series presents: Measuring, Finding and Developing Successful Tech Innovations to Change the World 

Featuring John Doerr ’73, engineer and acclaimed venture capitalist

For more than 37 years, John Doerr ’73 has served entrepreneurs with ingenuity and optimism — bringing ideas worth spreading to disruptive leaders and teams. In 2018, Doerr authored the New York Times bestseller “Measure What Matters,” a handbook for setting and achieving audacious goals. Through his book and platform, whatmatters.com, he shares valuable stories and lessons from innovators.

Paid parking is available in the Central Campus Garage and West Lot 2.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please register.

The President’s Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Office of the President and supported by the J. Newton Rayzor Lecture Fund, was created to enrich the intellectual life of the Houston community by bringing to the Rice campus “celebrities of substance,” speakers of both high intellectual distinction and broad public appeal. If you would like to nominate future speakers for this series, please submit your nomination here. To learn more about the President’s Lecture Series and view past events, click here.

Campus Wide Events
Owlspark Applications Due
March 3, 2019
11:59pm
Liu Idea Lab,
Open to Rice Community

Applications for OwlSpark Class 7 (Summer 2019) will be open! If you have an innovative technology or business idea, and you’re interested in spending your summer launching your startup, this is a great opportunity. Applications close on Sunday, March 3 at 11:59 p.m.

*About the OwlSpark Accelerator Program*
OwlSpark is a premier accelerated learning experience for promising startup teams to validate and refine business models in preparation for launch. OwlSpark helps build and shape the entrepreneurial capacity of Rice entrepreneurs by providing a robust curriculum, co-working space, and a diverse mentor network over 12 weeks during the summer.

*Eligible Team Composition*
OwlSpark is open to students, staff, and faculty across all schools and all disciplines, as well as alumni within five years, who have an interest in building leadership skills and capacity as innovation-driven entrepreneurs. Eligible startup teams must have two to five founders, and at least one founder must be affiliated with Rice University. International students are eligible, but must secure authorization from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) prior to the start of the program.

*Preparing for the Application Process*
To prepare your startup team for the application process, we have laid out important information surrounding the accelerator program, team composition, and expectations. Be sure to review the information thoroughly.

*Learn more, review the application questions and pitch video criteria, and apply at www.owlspark.com/apply. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at team@owlspark.com!