Genius Bar @ Lilie

Get Help with Entrepreneurship and Innovation


The Genius Bar provides mentorship and coaching to Rice University students. Successful Houston-based entrepreneurs as well as faculty mentors are available to meet throughout the academic year both in person and remotely. 

Need advice? Schedule time with a community expert or a faculty mentor.  Each mentor brings a unique set of experiences and expertise.  

 

Houston-based Experts

 

Roberto Moctezuma

Founder and CEO, Fractal River

Best for support related to:

Reserve time with Roberto Moctezuma

 

Michael Sklar

Acceleration Committee Chair, Houston Exponential

Best for support related to:

Reserve time with Michael Sklar

 

John S. Reale, Jr.

Director and General Partner, Station Houston Ventures

Best for support related to:

Reserve time with John Reale

Rice University Faculty & Staff Mentors

 

Jamie Jones, Ph. D.

Executive Director, Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Best for support related to: Finding an idea, developing a roadmap for exploring an idea, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, emerging market ventures, career paths

Schedule office Hours with Jamie Jones

 

Hesam Panahi, Ph. D.

Lecturer, Jones Graduate School of Business

Best for support related to: Finding an idea, developing a roadmap for exploring an idea, technology entrepreneurship, career paths

Schedule office Hours with Hesam Panahi

 

Kerri Smith

Managing Director, OwlSpark Accelerator

Best for support related to: Startup acceleration, ecosystem building, technology transfer, Lean Launchpad methodology, OwlSpark Accelerator, NSF I-Corps and the Rice Alliance

Schedule Office Hours with Kerri Smith

 

Al Danto

Lecturer in Management - Entrepreneurship & IT

Best for support related to: New enterprises, enterprise acquisition and divestiture, entrepreneurial financing, E-Labs, valuations and due diligence representation

Schedule Office Hours with Al Danto

 

Abby Larson

Director, Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice Business

Best for support related to: Social and human context of entrepreneurship and innovation; systems

Schedule Office Hours with Abby Larson