Founder Finder

Do you have an idea but need to recruit teammates with complementary skills?

Do you want to join a team and apply your talents to solving a problem?  Are you looking to meet others who want to change the world through business?

Join us for Founder Finder, an event designed to connect students across campus who are interested in solving problems and starting new ventures.  This event series will bring together the Rice community to form interdisciplinary teams to start new ventures. We are bringing together engineers, artists, MBAs, scientists, designers, PhDs, writers, et al. for several evenings of sharing and team formation.


Event Info:

Turning an Idea into the Idea – Exploring the Problem with Your User – 10/5/2019 (Founder Finder #4)

Hosted by Lilie and Rice Ventures

The third and final part of the series will focus on exploring a problem space with potential users. Sign up here.

Turning an Idea into the Idea -Understanding Your User – 9/28/2019 (Founder Finder #3)

Hosted by Lilie and Rice Ventures

Learn how to turn your idea into the next big idea by understanding your users at Lilie from 3PM-5PM. There’ll be interactive activities and networking opportunities with members of Lilie, Rice Ventures, and Design For America. Sign up here.

Turning an Idea into the Idea – Defining Problem Spaces – 9/14/2019 (Founder Finder #2)

Hosted by Lilie and Rice Ventures

This workshop series is designed for any student as the first step towards building a startup. You can either bring an existing venture idea to the table and learn how to advance it, or attend and learn how to formulate new ideas. Either way, this is a great opportunity to learn about the first steps in the startup process, find other founders, and continue to build both your network and the Rice entrepreneurship community.

Come join us and our workshop partner, Rice Ventures, on Saturday, September 14th from 3PM to 5PM at Lilie and take the first step toward building your new venture! Sign up here.

 1st Pitch – 9/4/2019 (Founder Finder #1)

Hosted by Lilie and Rice Alliance/Rice Business Plan Competition

Here’s our pitch; Free Tacos. Beer. Fast Pitch. Fun. What is yours?  

Have a business idea? Looking for the people with the right skills to help you launch? Or are you interested in hearing innovative ideas from the Rice communityIf so, join us for the year’s first entrepreneurship event! There are two way to participate:    

Pitch: Participants can apply to pitch their idea.  Presenters get 60 seconds to share their vision and let the group know what they are looking for (e.g., mentors, cofounders, developers, etc.). We will award the top three pitches with prizes. 

Apply here to pitch

 Attend and Network: We invite the community to come watch the pitches, network with our aspiring entrepreneurs, and learn about the many opportunities to get involved in entrepreneurship on campus. All while enjoying free drinks and tacos. The first 100 attendees will receive a free gift. 

Sign up here to Attend and Network

When: Wednesday, September 4th5:30 – 8:00 PM

Where: Valhalla Graduate Student Pub, Graduate Commons (courtyard) 

Who: Pitching open to all Rice students, faulty, and staff. Attendance open to all.