Entrepreneurship Minor

Entrepreneurship Minor

The newly minted Entrepreneurship Minor provides students at Rice University with a pathway to pursue rigorous and interdisciplinary study in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. The minor enables students to understand the theory and frameworks behind different disciplinary aspects of entrepreneurship and how to apply these theories to develop and scale innovative solutions to societal problems. Furthermore, the program helps students develop professional skills that are valuable beyond the confines of entrepreneurship, such as the ability to:

  • Identify critical problems or market opportunities and develop validated solutions to meet these needs
  • Design solutions that are sustainable, inclusive, and equitable
  • Embrace empathy to better understand customers, users, clients, and team members
  • Excel in interdisciplinary teams and in communicating messaging across departments, organizations, and industries

If you have any questions, please reach out to entrepreneurship@rice.edu for support


We recommend you consult the General Announcements (GA) for the most up-to-date requirements.  The GA is the official Rice curriculum. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Students will complete 18 units to successfully complete the minor.  All students must take four core classes. These classes are:

  • BUSI 220, “Lilie Design Thinking,” (3 credit hours)
  • BUSI 369, “New Enterprises,” (3 credit hours)
  • BUSI 223, “Business Modeling for Entrepreneurs,” (3 credit hours)
  • BUSI 463, “Entrepreneurial Strategy,” (3 credit hours)

Students will then select 6.0 credits from the following list of courses:

  • BUSI 461, “Financing the Startup Venture” (3 credit hours)
  • BUSI 221,“New Enterprises: Discovery” (3 credit hours)
  • BUSI 360, “Founders Journey” (1 credit hour)
  • BUSI 224/BIOE 123, “Bias in Medical Device Design” (1 credit hour)
  • BUSI 222, “Tech Product Design & Dev” (3 credit hours)
  • RCEL 450, “Project Management & Leadership (2 credit hours)
    BUSI 361 “Entrepreneurial Communication” (1.0 credit hours)
  • BUSI 469, “Lilie New Venture Challenge,” (3 credit hours)
  • BUSI 465, “Student Venture Fund: Evaluating the Startup Venture” (3 credit hours – prerequisite: BUSI 461)


You can find more information about our courses on our undergraduate course page. Please note that ENGI 525 is not counted towards the Entrepreneurship Minor.

This minor is administered by the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie) and is a joint offering between Rice Business and George R. Brown School of Engineering.