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Napier Rice Launch Challenge: Round One

March 28th @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT


The H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge (NRLC) is Rice’s new venture competition, where undergraduate, graduate, and MBA students pitch their business ventures for a chance to win their share of $100,000 in equity-free funding, all while launching their venture on the biggest stage of the year.

How It Works

Venture teams will present a 5 minute pitch on Zoom, followed by a 5-minute of Q&A from a panel of judges from across the Rice startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Ten ventures from Round One will be selected to compete in Round Two, which takes place just two days later.

Requirements to Apply

  • One application per team
  • A maximum of 5 members per team. You may also apply as a solo founder.
  • For students, the venture must be founded and/or lead by a current Rice undergraduate or graduate student
  • For alumni, the venture must be alum(na) founded, with the alum(na) pitching
  • The venture doesn’t have to be fully launched to apply but must be more than an idea


How to Prepare

  • Sample pitch video to give you an idea of what a good pitch sounds like
  • Sign up for our email-based course “How to Deliver a Winning Pitch at NRLC” Starts February 28

Office Hours

We’ll sit with you one-on-one and walk through any hesitations you may have about the “readiness” of your venture. Grab a time slot here >>

Info Sessions

If you have any questions about NRLC or just want to connect with someone at Lilie, we are hosting two info sessions:

  • Undergraduate Info Session (on Zoom): Weds, February 8, 12-12:30PM Register here >>
  • Graduate and MBA Info Session (on Zoom): Thurs, February, 9 6:00-7:00PM Register here >>


March 28th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT


Virtual (Zoom)
United States


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