Change Maker Summit

Join Rice University’s Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie), for a 1 Day, in person
Change Maker Summit this Summer! 

What is the Change Maker Summit (CMS)?

CMS is a day-long in person 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.
  • Get connected with resources at Rice in innovation and entrepreneurship, including courses, student clubs, competitions, small grant funding, and personalized mentorship to continue your journey.

The Change Maker Summit will occur in person, at the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship on the Rice campus on Saturday, August 17th. This is the day before Move-In Day for the residential colleges, on the weekend immediately before O-Week.

Who is it for?

All incoming first-year undergraduate Rice University students who are curious about entrepreneurship, innovation, and social impact are welcome to apply! It does not matter what your major, interest, or experience is; all that matters is your willingness to learn, be engaged, and get excited about all you can do during your time on campus


Saturday, August 17th, from 9am-4pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


  • Get to know your peers
  • Introduction to Lilie and Rice Entrepreneurship
  • Panel of student founders and innovators
  • Design challenge
  • Student club panel
  • Keynote speaker
  • Parents mixer

In order to get the most out of the Change Maker Summit, all attendees must be able to attend the full day of programming and events on Saturday, August 17th. This is the day before move-in day to the residential colleges, so hopefully it is easy enough for you to arrive in town and be present at the Liu Idea Lab when the morning begins at 9am.


There is no cost to participate in the Change Maker Summit, but travel into town, and accommodation on Saturday night are up to you and your family.

How Do I Apply?

Applications are now open and close July 7th!

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.