Change Maker Summit

Join Rice University’s Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie), for a five-day virtual Change Maker Summit this August. 

What is the Change Maker Summit (CMS)?

CMS is a five-day virtual summit where you’ll:

  • Meet your entrepreneurial family, make new friends who share your excitement for solving problems, and meet Rice faculty and partners who want to support you.
  • Dive into what it means to solve difficult problems with a human-centered, iterative approach through group-based projects with other incoming students.
  • Work with others to transform needs that you identify into solutions that can become products or services people use.
  • Get connected with resources at Rice in innovation and entrepreneurship, including courses, the entrepreneurship minor, competitions, small grant funding, and workshops to continue your journey.

In addition to the virtual component, there will be an in-person, two hour session during O-Week.

Applications are now closed for 2022.

Who is it for?

All incoming first-year undergraduate Rice University students who are curious about entrepreneurship and innovation are welcomed to apply! It does not matter what your major, interest, or experience is; all that matters is your willingness to learn and be engaged.


August 1st – 5th, 2022 (virtual) + in-person two-hour O-Week session (date TBD)

Required sessions (all times in Central)

August 1: 1 pm – 3 pmAugust 3: 1 pm – 3 pm August 5: 1 pm – 3 pm

Additional “choose your own adventure” sessions will be available in the evenings and on August 2nd and 4th. Schedules for these sessions will be posted in advance of August 1.


All materials and software costs will be paid for by Lilie. You’ll even get free swag!

How Do I Apply?

Applications are now closed for 2022.


Don’t have an idea that you want to explore? Don’t worry about it! You don’t need a new product or business idea to join us. Entrepreneurship is a team sport.

For any questions, please contact Hesam Panahi at