H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge

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. 

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

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! 


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

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


**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

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