Want to dip your toe into aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation and design thinking? Or are you looking for a structured approach to preparing your own idea for launch?
Whatever it may be, the H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge (RLC) has you covered. A year-long stream of workshops, networking events, ideation sessions, and competitions, the H. Albert Napier RLC offers students exposure to various aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation. No supplementary courses required.
19-Sept Design Thinking Workshop
11-Oct Customer Discovery Workshop
29-Oct Evaluating Market Opportunities Workshop
12-Nov Pitching Part 1 – Messaging and Strategy Workshop
26-Nov Unit Economics Workshop
9-Jan Pretotyping and Prototyping Workshop
23-Jan Pitching Part 2 – Body Language, Hand Gestures Workshop
Feb 12th Finalists announced
Feb 19th Second Round Applications Due
Feb 28th NRLC Finalists Announced
Mar 21th-22nd UG Pitch Script Feedback
Mar 25th-26th MBA Pitch Script Feedback
Mar 28th Napier Rice Launch Challenge Competition. Wil take place Thursday, March 28th from 6:00-9:00pm at Lilie. We are awarding ovr $60,000 in prize money to Rice-affiliated startups. RSVP coming soon!
- Apply by midnight, the evening of February 3rd.
- Only one application per startup team may be submitted. Applicants will be asked to answer a variety of questions about the venture, to submit an executive summary (no more than 1 page), as well as a one minute video (YouTube or Vimeo) of a team member pitching (informal, mobile phone video).
- All startup team applications must be the original work of applicants.
- At least one member of your team must be a current Rice student (undergraduate or graduate), or alumni (less than 5 years out). The Rice affiliate must be an active contributing member to the team beyond an advisory role, and he/she must give the final presentation if selected as a finalist.
- We will announce 1st round finalists by March 12th. Second round finalists will be announced February 28th.
- Competition finalists will be required to attend two mandatory training sessions on pitch scripts and pitch deliverym, as well as a dress rehearsal. It is imperative that all members of your team participate in these training sessions. However, in order to maintain eligibility to present at final competition, at least two members of team must be at pitch script feedback session, and the team member presenting at competition must participate in the pitch delivery feedback session, as well as the dress rehearsal.
- Startup teams must not have accepted any institutional or non-institutional funding in excess of $150,000. Non-institutional funding includes contests, grants, friends and family, bank loans, etc. where there is no equity ownership associated with the funding. The NRLC committee reserves the right to deliberate the eligibility of any team.
- Highlights from 2018: http://news.rice.edu/2018/04/09/noleus-technologies-wins-grand-prize-at-rice-launch-challenge/
If you have any questions regarding the application process or event, please contact Caitlin Bolanos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Date to be determined – February 2019
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We've all heard the grim statistics on startup failure rates. Make sure you've found the "right it" by testing your hypothesis before investing countless dollars and hours pursuing your idea. Pretotyping and prototyping offer many ways to test a product or service with minimal build-out, use of resources, or emotional attachment.
Work with Kara to ensure that you are addressing the problem with the best solution possible.
Kara Palamountain is a professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the president of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation. She has managed over 50 Kellogg field research teams conducting market entry analysis for medical technologies in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Prior to her work at the Northwestern Global Health Foundation and at Kellogg, Kara worked as a management consultant in Deloitte's Healthcare practice for over six years.