Rice Business Entrepreneurship Labs (E-Labs) are designed to provide 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.  E-Labs are open to second year MBA students, and students  are required to enroll in an E-Lab in order to complete requirements for the Entrepreneurship concentration.

E-Labs require 15 hours of work per week. Work is expected to be onsite at the organization or committed to working on your own startup or business acquisition, including at least 10 hours a week during regular business hours.  We therefore recommend concentrating classes in the evenings or on two days of the week, so as to leave free days for onsite E-Lab participation if required. In addition to the work with the sponsoring organization or project, at the end of each term students will be required to write a summary report of the experience. Students will receive 3 hours of credit for two terms of participation and a grade of either satisfactory or unsatisfactory for the Venture Capital E-Lab and a letter grade for all other E-Labs. 

Application Process

Applications for Spring 2019 E-Labs are open from November 12 – December 3. Notifications will be sent by December 10. You will find the application below. 

Complete and submit the application for the specific E-Lab of your choice, attach a copy of your resume in a PDF format through the online application system.  For some E-Labs, an interview with a representative from the sponsoring organization or a faculty member will be required.

Applications received after the application deadline will be reviewed at the professor's discretion.  Late acceptances will be added to the course waitlist unless space is available.  You must notify both jgsbregistrar@rice.edu and the professor directly if you submit an application after the deadline has passed.

Contact Al Danto (aldanto@rice.edu) with any questions.

2018 – 2019 E-Lab Offerings