Spring 2020 Cohort

Founders’ Dinners

Lilie’s Founders’ Dinners are a recurring Rice student entrepreneur dinner.

Founders Dinners are an opportunity for entrepreneurially-minded Rice University students to build a network of peers and a community of support.  Students will come together once or twice a month over dinner for an honest conversation about the challenges and victories you are experiencing.

The dinner will be facilitated by a professor who brings deep practical experience as well as academic knowledge.  While the dinners will have some structure, this truly is a low-stress opportunity for you to engage with others who share your passion for changing the world through entrepreneurship.

Given the intimate nature of the conversations, admission is by application only. Please reach out to lilie@entrepreneurship.rice.edu to request an application.

Founders’ Dinners Dates*

Tuesday, August 31st – 5:30 to 7 PM CT

Tuesday, September 14th – 5:30 to 7 PM CT

Tuesday, September 28th – 5:30 to 7 PM CT

Tuesday, October 12th – 5:30 to 7 PM CT

Tuesday, October 26th – 5:30 to 7 PM CT

Tuesday, November 9th – 5:30 to 7 PM CT

Tuesday, December 7th – 5:30 to 7 PM CT

*Dates and timing are subject to change based on founders’ availability

A Peak into our 2020 Cohort

Ananda Nandigam

Preventing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

Andrew White


Caroline Yuki Yang

Bold Millionaire

Christine Dobbyn

Christine's Closet

Daniel Peterson

Mameluke Holdings

Darren Corapcioglu


Dee Kimata

Jikoni (Kitchen in Swahili)

Josh McNary

The Thrive Network

Julia Shi


Kunal Rai

Simply Stocks

Qianwen "Coco" Ma

Azuco Jewelry

Samuel Spitz


Stephanie Goldsby

Urban Craftsman

Sukul Mittal

Mentor, Inspire, Develop, Nurture (MIND Foundation)

Tyler Melton

Circinus Medical