The Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie) is the home of experiential learning in entrepreneurship at Rice University.
Lilie focuses on teaching both entrepreneurial skills and the entrepreneurial mindset We prepare our students to be entrepreneurs in whatever walk of society they choose, be it a technology startup, government, civic groups, non-profits or large corporations.
Lilie is comprised of a state-of-the-art on-campus lab space, experiential courses, co-curricular opportunities, and an array of resources to support student learning in entrepreneurship.
Our experiential classes engage faculty in business, social science, engineering, and entrepreneurs and innovators from across Houston and beyond. Many courses are cross-listed as part of the curriculum in schools and programs including engineering, social science, global health, and civic leadership. The classes explore and emphasize a combination of entrepreneurial skills and mindset with critical thinking and analytical reasoning at the core.
From the internship program to the incubator, Rice provides opportunities for all aspects of entrepreneurship.
A flexible and modern space for collaboration and learning, the Liu Idea Lab is Rice’s on-campus hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Here you will find entrepreneurs and experts in residence, mentors, and innovators from fields across campus. The Lab hosts experiential classes and co-curricular events such as the Lilie Lectures, competitions, and workshops.
The Liu Idea Lab team are faculty and staff dedicated to supporting Rice’s entrepreneurial and innovation community. We are practitioners, researchers, investors, and experienced entrepreneurs who provide support to students as they develop and advance ideas.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Join us on Thursday, January 24th for an open, intimate conversation with two of Houston’s most successful serial entrepreneurs. They will share their 'why', their stories, challenges, successes, tips and answer your questions.
Hosted by Jamie Jones, Executive Director of Lilie
Come a little early to grab complimentary dinner and hot chocolate.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
You’ve crafted, practiced and perfected your message. But do your gestures, posture, expressions, tones and movements match what you are trying to say? Your success at pitching is strongly influenced by non-verbal communication. Make sure your non-verbal communication isn’t sinking your pitch.
Perfect your pitch with Beth.
Beth O’Sullivan is a senior lecturer in Management at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business (JGSB). She teaches communication for MBA students, serves on the Action Learning Project Faculty, and teaches in Executive Education. She holds a joint appointment with the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership as a lecturer in Professional and Engineering Communication. She initiated the international immersion program at JGSB and has developed numerous in-class exercises, mini-cases, and on-line/video resources. She also serves as an advisor and pitch coach for several business incubators including TMCx, the business accelerator unit of the Texas Medical Center, and OwlSpark.