A flexible, modern learning and workspace, the Liu Idea Lab is Rice’s new on-campus hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Here you will find entrepreneurs and experts in residence, mentors, and innovators from fields across campus. It is a bridge between Rice and the broader innovation and entrepreneurship community in Houston and beyond.
The Lab hosts experiential classes and co-curricular events such as the Lilie Lectures, competitions, and workshops.
Open for learning, innovating, studying, and co-working, from morning to night. Join us!
Access & Use
The Liu Idea Lab is open to current Rice students, faculty, and staff for co-working. Rice affiliates interested in using the space will need to agree to the Lab guidelines and successfully complete a quiz summarizing usage guidelines.
In addition to co-working, Lilie hosts special events open to the public. All events hosted in the Lab require registration. All participants in Lab activities are expected to uphold the standards articulated in the Lab guidelines as well as Rice University.
Space Use Requests
Main Lilie Space
Use of the Liu Idea Lab for events is considered on a one-by-one basis. If you would like your request considered, please complete this form. Please note: events must be related to innovation or entrepreneurship.
Should your request to use the Liu Idea Lab be approved, please review the Policies & Procedures documents in advance of your event.
Conference Room 130A
Lilie also has one conference room available for student use. Usage must be related to entrepreneurship, including but not limited to: customer discovery interviews, mentor meetings, conference calls with potential clients or business partners, et cetera. (Not allowed requests: group study room, job interviews, video games, etc. If you are caught reserving the room for these reasons or any other reasons not related to entrepreneurship or for more than one hour increments each day, we reserve the right to revoke Lilie access.)
Reservations can be made for 130A after 5pm and are only available for one hour increments (maximum: one hour per day per student/student group unless directed by Lilie Staff). To reserve the conference room, please see Caitlin or Emily or the Front Desk Staff.
The Lab is located on the ground floor of the new Cambridge Office Building at the corner of Cambridge Street and Main Street on campus.
Parking is available in the building garage.
12-6 PM regular hours access.
6-Midnight after hours access.
Open 7 days a week.