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E-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 2019 E-Labs are open from April 17 – May 11. Notifications will be sent by December 10. 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

Venture Capital Lab

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 onsite presence one day per week, it may not work for Professional and EMBA students working fulltime.

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

Fall Terms 1 & 2 or Spring Terms 1 & 2

APPLY HERE

 

New Enterprises Lab

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

APPLY HERE

 

Healthcare Entrepreneurship Lab

The Healthcare Entrepreneurship Lab allows students to take on management roles like product development lead, marketing lead, sales strategy lead, strategy lead, ect in a startup spinning out of the hospitals located in the Texas Medical Center or passing through the TMC accelerator programs. Startups participating in the Lab are ventures conceived by the Tech Transfer and Innovation arms of the hospitals or external companies coming through the TMCx,, and are based on technologies or solutions conceived by clinicians to solve real existing problems in clinical care. Opportunity exists for successful participants to continue on with the company at the culmination of the Lab experience. Speakers from different parts of the innovation development cycle will explain their perspectives from local investors to large companies doing M&A.

1.5 – 3.0 Credit Hours

Spring Term 1

APPLY HERE

 

The Enterprise Acquisition Lab

In the Enterprise Acquisition E-Lab, 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 627 Enterprise Acquisition // grading scale: letter grade

Spring Terms 1 & 2

APPLY HERE

 

Deal Evaluation Lab

In the Deal Evaluation E-Lab (formerly Vetbizbattle E-Lab) students attend an every other week evening class and learn the process of evaluating early stage incoming deal flow and apply the lessons to incoming applications for select pitch competitions. This E-Lab meets every other week in the evening and works well for all sections.

3 Credit Hours // no pre-requsite required // grading scale: letter grade

Spring Terms 1 & 2

APPLY HERE