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 experts in fields ranging from Business, Social Science, and Engineering, and entrepreneurs and innovators from across Houston and beyond.

Experiences and Opportunities

From the internship program to the incubator, Rice provides opportunities for all aspects of entrepreneurship.

The Lab

The Lab hosts events such as the Lilie Lectures, workshops, courses, competitions, and serves as a bridge between Rice and the broader entrepreneurial community in Houston and beyond. 


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.  

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