Rice Business offers an unparalleled combination of core skills training and individualized support from best-in-class faculty.
The program empowers aspiring leaders to pursue innovation, draw inspiration from diverse experiences, and nourish bold ideas that challenge business conventions.
Classes at Rice Business prepare students for a variety of entreprenuerial opportunities. Whether you seek to establish a new startup, develop an entrepreneurial mindset for success within a large corporation, or launch a social venture, the program is designed to support you.
Entrepreneurship Labs (E-Labs) are designed to provide 2nd year MBA students the opportunity to work in real world settings, complemented by classroom learning. In the E-Labs, students can jump start their own venture, acquire a business, and work and network within the Houston entrepreneurial and investment community.
From the internship program to the incubator, Rice Business supports aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs with resources spanning ideation, team formation, funding, and launch.
The Lab hosts events such as the Lilie Lectures, workshops, courses, competitions, and serves as a bridge between Rice and the broader entrepreneurial community in Houston and beyond.
Rice Business faculty and staff are dedicated to supporting Rice’s entrepreneurial community. They are practitioners, researchers, investors, and experienced entrepreneurs who provide guidance along the entrepreneurial path.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
SAVE THE DATE: Join us for a lecture from David Schonthal, the senior portfolio director for IDEO. He will speak about creativity.
David Schonthal is a Clinical Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches courses in new venture creation, design thinking, innovation, and creativity. Outside of Kellogg, David is a Senior Portfolio Director and business designer at IDEO, an award-winning innovation consultancy, where he helps companies design new business models and creative paths for products and services to get to market. David has also developed initiatives such as the IDEO's Startup-in-Residence program, as well as other offers and approaches around venture design and corporate entrepreneurship. David also currently serves as an Operating Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital where he invests in consumer, enterprise and healthcare technology startups.
Prior to his time in Chicago, David spent nearly a decade in the venture capital and start-up world as a partner at Fusion Ventures and Director of Strategy and Venture Development for Tavistock Life Sciences, both based in San Diego, California. He has also held numerous senior operating roles at startups in both the technology and life sciences sectors.
David is a co-founder of MATTER, a 25,000-square-foot innovation center in downtown Chicago focused on catalyzing and supporting healthcare entrepreneurship, and serves as a member of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's technology, innovation and entrepreneurship council, ChicagoNext. He is a contributing writer to Forbes, Inc., and Fortune Magazines, authoring articles on corporate entrepreneurship, innovation, and business design. David has received several awards for his work, including a Kellogg Faculty Impact Award for excellence in teaching and his new venture creation course being named "Best Elective" course by Kellogg EMBA students. David has also been honored on Crain's Chicago Business Magazine's "40 Under 40" list and as part of the "Techweek 100."