Rice Launch Challenge

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? Maybe you are ready to compete in a business plan competition. Whatever it may be, the RLC has you covered. A year-long stream of workshops, networking events, ideation sessions, and competitions, the RLC offers students an opportunity to spend as much (or as little) time as they wish immersed in various aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation. No pre-requisite courses required.

3 Day Startup

OK, so you are ready to spend a fun and intense weekend working with other students to brainstorm, ideate, plan and pitch a business or impact venture. We’ve got the program for you.

Venture Capital Investment Competition

Want to represent Rice Business? VCIC is the world’s largest venture capital competition with over 70 universities competing. Students play the role of
VCs who have around $100MM to invest in one of the startups presenting.

Lilie Lectures

Lilie Lectures provide an opportunity for the exchange of questions and ideas between people who are innovating in many different contexts, and as such, often lead to new and shared insights.

Rice Business Plan Competition

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University's internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and Rice Business. This is the 17th year for the competition. In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes.


Rice University’s startup accelerator. OwlSpark provides a best-in-class opportunity for experiencing the innovation and entrepreneurial life cycle of tech-enabled startups.

Mentor Network

Lilie brings together a network of experts with entrepreneurial experience in a range of fields and areas of specialization. The mentors are accessible to students in the development and advancement of their ideas. 

Veterans Business BattleĀ 

The Veterans Business Battle is the largest veteran-focused business competition in the country. It serves as a forum to connect veterans with investors, advisers and resources. A competition goal is to lead as many veteran-owned businesses to success as possible.