Change Maker Summit

Update as of 3/19/2020 – 2020 Dates and Format will be announced shortly. Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, we are rethinking what this opportunity looks like and how Lilie can add value to our incoming class during this time. We are using our entrepreneurial skill set to re-imagine this experience for you. Stay tuned!

Before beginning your journey at Rice University, we invite you to join us for the four-day Lilie Change Maker Summit at the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie).  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 throughout your Rice journey.  Dive into the excitement of entrepreneurship, innovation, and human-centered design.

At the Lilie Change Maker Summit, you will hear from alumni change makers; learn about the entrepreneurship and innovation courses, resources, and activities available to you at Rice; and find your community of peers.  The four days will be jam-packed with learning, team activities, and fun Houston outings. The summit will culminate in a student pitch competition – think Shark Tank – where teams will be competing for seed grants to advance their ideas. Also, please don’t worry… you do not need to conceive a new product or business idea to join us. Entrepreneurship is a team sport.  Other students will need help building their ideas, or you may come up with one during our brainstorming sessions!

During the Summit, you and your peers will be attending our events and workshops together, eating together, and staying on campus together. You will hear from current students who are actively working on startups. You will learn from recent Rice graduates who have used Rice resources to start successful ventures that are positively impacting society.  In addition to panels and workshop at Lilie, we will learn about prototyping resources on campus and about the projects designed in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, and we will visit other organizations supporting startups, such as Owlspark (Rice University Startup Accelerator) and the Texas Medical Center Innovation Studio (TMCx).


All food and lodging costs will be paid for by Lilie.  A limited number of scholarships are available if the travel costs are prohibitive to your participation.

Travel Logistics:

Please plan to arrive at Rice University by 1:00 PM on Monday, June 8th and depart Rice Campus by 11:00 AM on Friday, June 12th.


Reach out to Caitlin Bolanos.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, June 8th

1:00 pm: Lunch and Housing Check-in
2:30 pm: Kick-off programming
5:30 pm: Dinner
6:00 pm: Mixer

Tuesday, June 9th

9:00am: Breakfast
10:00am: Scavenger Hunt
12:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm: Seminar
3:00pm: Workshop
5:00pm: Houston Outing & Dinner

Wednesday, June 10th

9:00am: Breakfast
10:00am: Makers Space Project
12:30pm: Lunch + Site Visit
3:00pm: Mentor Session
5:00pm: Working Groups + Dinner

Thursday, June 11th

9:00 am: Breakfast + Pitching Game
12:00 pm: Networking Lunch
1:00 pm: Pitch Practice
4:00 pm: Final Pitch + Ice Cream Social
5:30 pm: Lilie New Entrepreneurs Grant Winner Announcement
6:00 pm: Celebration Dinner

Friday, June 12th

8:00 am: Farewell Breakfast
10:00 am: Housing Check-out
11:00 am*: Departure from Rice Campus (*Dependent on when you clear housing check-out)