Entrepreneurship Labs

Rice Business Entrepreneurship Labs (E-Labs) are designed to provide students the opportunity to work in real-world settings, complemented by classroom learning.

In the E-Labs, students can work on their own startup opportunity in the New Enterprise E-Lab, explore the process of acquiring a company or starting their own Search Fund in the Enterprise Acquisition E-Lab, work with an early-stage investment organization in the Venture Capital E-Lab or learn the process of early-stage deal evaluation and help select and prepare finalists for Rice investor pitch competitions in the Deal Evaluation E-Lab. E-Labs are open to second-year MBA students, and students are required to enroll in an E-Lab in order to complete requirements for the Entrepreneurship concentration. E-Labs require approximately 10 – 12 hours of time commitment per week

Students will receive 3 hours of credit for two terms of participation and a grade of either satisfactory or unsatisfactory for the Venture Capital E-Lab and a letter grade for all other E-Labs.

NOTE: Students can only take 2 E-Labs classes during a single semester.

Application Process

Applications for Fall 2020 E-Labs are open from April 6 – May 15. Notifications will be sent by May 29. You will find the application links below.

Complete and submit the application for the specific E-Lab of your choice, attach a copy of your resume in a PDF format through the online application system. For some E-Labs, an interview with a representative from the sponsoring organization or a faculty member will be required.

Applications received after the application deadline will be reviewed at the professor’s discretion. Late acceptances will be added to the course waitlist unless space is available. You must notify both jgsbregistrar@rice.edu and the professor directly if you submit an application after the deadline has passed.

Contact Al Danto (aldanto@rice.edu) with any questions.

2019 – 2020 E-Lab Offerings

MGMT 760 E-Lab: Venture Capital

In the Venture Capital E-Lab students are assigned to an early-stage investment organization and are required to commit at least 10 per week during regular business hours. This includes at least one day per week at the sponsoring organization’s facilities. Since this E-Lab requires an onsite presence one day per week, it may not work for Professional and EMBA students working full time.

1.5 – 3.0 credit hours // no pre-requisite required // grading scale: satisfactory or unsatisfactory

Fall Terms 1 & 2 or Spring Terms 1 & 2



MGMT 762 E-Lab: New Enterprise

In the New Enterprise, students work independently or in teams on their own initiative. Students set their own schedules and work with faculty or mentors to set goals and objectives for the E-Lab. Students attend an evening check-in class every other week throughout the semester to receive feedback and guidance from faculty, mentors and students. These E-Labs work well for students from all sections (Full Time, Professional and EMBA) as classes meet every other week in the evening.

3.0 Credit Hours // pre-requisite: MGMT 621/927 New Enterprise // grading scale: letter grade

Fall Terms 1 & 2 or Spring Terms 1 & 2