- 3 Day Startup Events & Deadlines
- Alumni Events (Students Free)
- Campus Wide Events
- Houston Entrepreneurial Community
- Lilie Lectures (4-5pm)
- Liu Distinguished Visitor Series
- MBA Only Events
- Napier Rice Launch Challege Workshop
- Rice Alliance & Community Events
- Rice Angel Network
- Rice Launch Challenge
- Technology Innovation Lecture Series
- Thinking Differently Lectures (4-5pm)
- Past Events
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Startup Teams: Issues and Best Practices. Rice Business Entrepreneurship Club hosts this panel to discuss topics such as finding co-founders, starting a company with a friend or a stranger, and questions about ownership and equity. Open to all Rice and University of Houston students.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Join Rice Entrepreneurship Club for a Lunch Conversation with GroupRaise at the Liu Idea Lab, where we will sit down with Founder and CTO Paul Kwiatkowski (Rice ’11) to learn more about GroupRaise’s journeys and the keys to their success. We'll have Chik-Fil-A!!
GroupRaise provides event organizers a way to partner with restaurants and raise money for causes they care about. Since 2011 they have grown to more than 400 metro areas and partnered with over 8000 restaurants across the United States including Outback Steakhouse, Jason’s Deli, and IHOP!
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Mike Millard, managing director of MassChallenge Texas, is hosting office hours for startups to receive feedback on their companies and learn about the MassChallenge Texas program.
MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry.
RSVP below to register.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
MassChallenge Texas is hosting a lunch for students, faculty, staff, and the local community insterested in entrepreneurship and startups!
Join us to learn more about the world's most startup-friendly accelerator, MassChallenge. MassChallenge recently announced their presence in Texas with the MassChallenge Texas program. Join the team from MCTX to learn about their not-for-profit, no equity programs for startups and how you can compete for up to $500,000 in equity free cash prizes!
We accelerate the highest-impact, highest-potential startups through a selective program. We take no equity from our startups, and through an annual multimillion dollar competition, we give equity-free cash awards to the top startups in each program. Our global network includes accelerators in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Texas, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, supporting entrepreneurs from 81 countries.
This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Startup Career Fair is a one-day event connecting local startups with entrepreneurial-minded students seeking internships and experienced professionals pursuing full-time opportunities. The event helps students and professionals find new, exciting opportunities where they can make an impact, gives startups access to the talent they need, and fosters the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Texas.
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
TunaFEST is one of the best science and tech summer festivals at Rice - with free food, fun and science exhibitions! This year's theme is “Back TunaFuture,” and we’re showcasing the best and brightest future science and tech from the brilliant minds at Rice University.
This event is FREE to all our friends at Rice University, the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Innovation community (e.g. tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, business leaders, Makers, and nerds).
This year also marks the retirement of Prof. Wade Adams, the founder of TunaFest.
About the Rice TunaFEST:
Wade Adams “retired” as Chief Scientist of the Materials Directorate in the Air Force Research Lab, and in January 2002 became head of Rice’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, working for Rick Smalley. Later that year, Wade and his wife, Mert, returned to Houston from fishing – off of the Carolina Outer Banks – with TOO MUCH TUNA. Quite naturally for Wade and Mert, “too much tuna” became “let’s have a cookout,” and TunaFEST was born. The critical elements were hospitality and fun, and the result was a tradition that the entire Rice community looked forward to every year – on the last Friday before the Fourth of July.
By the time we held the most recent TunaFEST (TunaFinity and Beyond!!!) in 2011 – with upwards of 2,300 people – the traditions of the party had grown to include live music from The Blaggards – featuring Rick Smalley’s eldest son; plus a piñata, special T-shirts, beer from St. Arnold’s, and – of course – tuna, burgers, hot dogs, brownies, door prizes... Mainly, an excuse for Rice workers, students, staff and faculty, and friends from the Rice and Med Center community, to get together and celebrate before scattering for Independence Day.
Plus, seemingly by accident, TunaFEST has always been productive. No accident, really, because when you get that many bright people together, good ideas come out.
When Wade retired from the Smalley Institute, TunaFEST retired…until now! We are bringing TunaFEST back – keeping all of the fun, putting it in a better location (more accessible to the Texas Medical Center) and adding new things: art and technology.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Are you looking for a partner? Do you want to debate your business idea with like-minded people? Are you looking for your next opportunity? Do you feel like entrepreneurship is your way?
You want to change the world. If only you had:
someone to partner with
someone to obsess over the details with
someone to work out the snags with
someone to share a dream with
someone to inspire you to work all night
Come to our Founder Finder, and find your team.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Have a technology or a business idea and want to find team members and co-founder? Don’t have a business idea but want to work on a startup idea? Join us for a two part event that will bring together the Rice community to form interdisciplinary teams to start new ventures. We are bringing together engineers, artists, MBAs, scientists, designers, PhDs, writers, et al. for an evening of sharing and team formation.
This event is a follow-on from the Founder Finder on October 2nd.
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Are you an entrepreneurial-minded student, recent alumni, faculty or staff member with an innovative technology or business idea? Are you interested in launching your own tech startup?
Join us for the OwlSpark Information Session to learn more about the Rice University accelerator program and how we help startup teams turn ideas into businesses. Chow down, get intel on the Summer 2019 program and application process, ask questions, and meet OwlSpark alumni.
Even if you don’t have an innovative technology or business idea, or you need help building your team, this is a great opportunity to network with like-minded individuals to share ideas and discuss interests.
Also, we’ll feed you, so come hungry!
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!