Rice Launch Challenge

Want to dip your toe into aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation and design thinking? Are you looking for a structured approach to preparing your own idea for launch? Maybe you are ready to compete in a business plan competition. Whatever it may be, the RLC has you covered. A year-long stream of workshops, networking events, ideation sessions, and competitions, the RLC offers students an opportunity to spend as much (or as little) time as wished immersed in various aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation. No pre-requisite courses required.

3 Day Startup

OK, so you are ready to spend a fun and intense weekend working with other students to brainstorm, ideate, plan and pitch a business or impact venture. We’ve got the program for you.

Lilie New Entrepreneurs Grant

The Lilie New Entreprenuers Grant is a competitive grant awarded to incoming students who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial potential. Upon matriculation at Rice, the grant winners have access to funding to advance an exceptional idea throughout their time at Rice, with advisement from faculty and mentors. 

Summer Internship Program

Looking to work at a startup company for the summer? We offer opportunities to intern with startups in various entrepreneurial including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Houston for a 10 week paid program. Check out HANDSHAKE for available positions.

Lilie Lectures

Lilie Lectures provide an opportunity for the exchange of questions and ideas between people who are innovating in many different contexts, and as such, often lead to new and shared insights.

Lilie Fellows

A selective undergraduate student innovation collective. The Lilie Fellowship is designed to cultivate meaningful dialogue among students engaged in entrepreneurial, innovative, and experiential project-based learning both within and at the boundaries of different fields of study at Rice. Fellows are selected through a competitive portfolio process.


Rice University’s startup accelerator. OwlSpark provides a best-in-class opportunity for experiencing the innovation and entrepreneurial life cycle of tech-enabled startups.

Mentor Network

Lilie brings together a network of experts with entrepreneurial experience in a range of fields and areas of specialization. The mentors are accessible to students in the development and advancement of their ideas.