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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
You’ve crafted, practiced and perfected your message. But do your gestures, posture, expressions, tones and movements match what you are trying to say? Your success at pitching is strongly influenced by non-verbal communication. Make sure your non-verbal communication isn’t sinking your pitch.
Perfect your pitch with Beth.
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.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Join us on Thursday, January 24th for an open, intimate conversation with two of Houston’s most successful serial entrepreneurs. They will share their 'why', their stories, challenges, successes, tips and answer your questions.
Hosted by Jamie Jones, Executive Director of Lilie
Come a little early to grab complimentary dinner and hot chocolate.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us for a lecture from Laura Spanjian, the senior public policy director for Airbnb for the US West. She will be speaking on Airbnb's responsibilities as a global citizen.
Laura Spanjian is the senior public policy director for Airbnb for the US West. Spanjian works with cities and states to craft new policies that create smart regulations for the emerging short term rental and online travel business. Spanjian joined Airbnb from the City of Houston Mayor’s Office, where she was the Chief Sustainability Officer for six years. Laura previously lived and worked in San Francisco for 15 years where she held senior policy positions with the SF Board of Supervisors, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) and the SF Public Utilities Commission.
We invite you all to apply to the third annual H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge Startup Competition. Rice-affiliated startups will receive extensive mentoring and coaching and ultimately compete for $60,000+ in cash prizes. We cannot wait to see what our Rice teams have been working on!
For more information, please visit our webpage.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Working for a startup provides more opportunities to contribute meaningfully and make an immediate, direct impact on the business. You’ll work in an awesome atmosphere, have access to top management, and quickly learn a range of valuable skills.
Whether you’re looking for an internship or a full-time career, Startup Career Fair connects you with Texas-based startup jobs in the energy, life science, and digital technology industries. The event is open to students, alumni and experienced professionals from all backgrounds and experience levels.
Learn more at www.startupcareerfairhtx.com.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
We've all heard the grim statistics on startup failure rates. Make sure you've found the "right it" by testing your hypothesis before investing countless dollars and hours pursuing your idea. Pretotyping and prototyping offer many ways to test a product or service with minimal build-out, use of resources, or emotional attachment.
Work with Kara to ensure that you are addressing the problem with the best solution possible.
Kara Palamountain is a professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the president of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation. She has managed over 50 Kellogg field research teams conducting market entry analysis for medical technologies in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Prior to her work at the Northwestern Global Health Foundation and at Kellogg, Kara worked as a management consultant in Deloitte's Healthcare practice for over six years.
8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
7:00 AM - 9:45 PM
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 email@example.com!
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Please join us for the H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge Startup Competition. Rice affiliated teams – students and recent alumni - are competing for $60,000 and other prizes.
The guest emcee for the evening will be Rassul Zarinfar, founder of Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., will be joined by a judging panel.
2019 judges include:
Yan-David Erlich, Partner, Coatue Management
Dan Watkins, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Mercury Fund
Claire Shorall, Principal, NEO
More coming soon!
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company will be providing refreshments and we will be sharing giveaways. This event is open to the Houston community. See you there!
You can find more information at http://bit.ly/NRLC2019
Brought to you by:
- Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie)
- Rice Business
- Rice Entrepreneurs Organization
Special thanks to our sponsors:
- Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
- David Leebron and Y Ping Sun
- OwlSpark, Rice University Startup Accelerator
- Jon R. Marinelli, Alum
- Rachel and Bruce Deskin, Alumni