H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge


RSVP here: http://bit.ly/RSVP_NRLC2019 


Please join us for the H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge (NRLC) Startup Competition. Rice affiliated teams – students and recent alumni - are competing for $60,000 and other prizes.

The guest emcee for the evening will be Rassul Zarinfar, founder of Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company will be providing refreshments and we will be sharing giveaways. This event is open to the Houston community. See you there! 

2019 finalists:

  • WellWorth: Wellworth is a SaaS platform, which aims to be an end-to-end valuation solution for finance professionals in the upstream Oil & Gas space. WellWorth simplifies and automates financial modeling, enabling clients to perform in-depth economic analysis of a larger number of projects, thereby optimizing clients' M&A deal flow performance.
  • Luber: Luber is the premier solution for convenient turnkey fleet management and maintenance.  Luber's system increases vehicle up-time while reducing the administrative and financial burden of vehicle maintenance, service, and repairs.
  • Work & Mother: Work & Mother is creating a network of fully equipped lactation facilities, with an associated app, educational programming, and support community that not only supports working mothers but makes it easy for employers to be in compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements. The Work & Mother Suites operate like building gyms, allowing many companies to take advantage of a full-service, shared-space solution that minimizes HR risks, preserves their office space for their core business, and improves recruiting and retention of top female talent.
  • CardStock Exchange: Cardstock Exchange seeks to provide the sports memorabilia industry with an all-encompassing centralized platform. Our proprietary features will revolutionize the industry, helping to emphasize sports memorabilia as a long term investment.
  • UrinControl:  Pediatric neurogenic bladder patients must choose between intermittent catheterization or surgery with sub-optimal success rates. UrinControl is temporary urethral valve that provides children with a non-invasive, safe, and comfortable alternative that gives them and their caregivers independence and control.
  • LilySpec: The LilySpec is a speculum designed with the patient in mind. The design is patient-centric and physician-informed, with a focus on reducing the discomfort and anxiety patients feel during an exam or procedure.
  • CNX Medical​: For surgeons who seek to prevent post-operative ileus (POI) and are dissatisfied with the current lack of adequate solutions, our product is a disposable transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulator that reduces hospital stay and avoids the need for a painful nasogastric tube.  Unlike peri-operative preventative protocols, our product is effective, and easy to administer.
  • Ictero Medical:  Ictero Medical is developing a novel catheter-based device to deliver definitive therapy to high risk patients with gallstone disease. Our device, the CholeSafe System, leverages existing workflows widely utilized by interventional radiologists allowing physicians to offer their patients the benefits of surgery without the risk.
  • Take a Breather:  We are developing an add on device which can be attached to a Bag Valve Mask which can compress the bag. This add on device can act as a substitute in low resource settings where ventilators are expensive.
  • Barolac:  At Barolac, we are developing a medical device to provide early detection of feeding difficulties during the first critical weeks of life. We have validated the need through interviews, have a working prototype, and are working towards starting a pilot study by the end of 2019.


2019 judges include:

  • Claire Shorall, Principal, NEO

  • Dan Watkins, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Mercury Fund

  • Gray Hancock, Founder & COO, Decisio

  • Samantha Lewis, Director, GOOSE Society

  • Yan-David Erlich, Partner, Coatue Management


Brought to you by:

  • Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie)
  • Rice Business
  • Rice Entrepreneurs Organization

A special thank you to our sponsors:

  • Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
  • David Leebron and Y Ping Sun
  • OwlSpark, Rice University Startup Accelerator
  • Jon R. Marinelli, Alum
  • Rachel and Bruce Deskin, Alumni
  • Hunington Properties


**Interested in Sponsoring?**

Are you looking to gain exposure to Houston’s newest and most promising startup ventures, as well as first-class entrepreneurial talent? Or, are you looking to partner with potential long term clients? Maybe you merely want to demonstrate your support of the burgeoning Houston entrepreneurial community by supporting these Rice grown companies? Contact Caitlin Bolanos at caitlin.bolanos@rice.edu to see how you can support this student experience and join us in the transformation of Houston’s innovation ecosystem. 


Want to dip your toe into entrepreneurship and innovation ? Looking for a structured approach to prepare your own idea for launch? 

Whatever it may be, the H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge (NRLC) has you covered. A year-long stream of workshops such as design thinking, customer discovery, pitching, and pretotyping and prototyping.

Important Dates:

Feb 3rd Applications Due for Final Competition

Feb 12th  NRLC Finalists are Announced

18-Feb  Pretotyping and Prototyping Workshop

Mar 28th  Napier Rice Launch Challenge Competition