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Undergraduate Courses

Our experiential classes engage faculty in business to social science and engineering, and entrepreneurs and innovators from across Houston and beyond.​

Many courses are cross-listed as part of the curriculum in Schools and Programs including Engineering, Social Science, Global Health, and Civic Leadership. The classes explore and emphasize a combination of entrepreneurial skills and mindset with critical thinking and analytical reasoning at the core.

Fall 2019

BUSI 220

LILIE DESIGN THINKING

Design thinking is a problem-solving process that can be used to reduce risk when launching a new idea and increase your chances of developing an innovative solution that people want. This project-based class pairs you with a start-up to develop a solution to a design challenge. This course offers a real-world opportunity to practice the application of design thinking to the entrepreneurial process—a unique skill you can take with your into any future project or career.

BUSI 223

MODELING FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Learn how to translate a startup business plan into a bottom-up quantitative model of the business. Build a model of cash flows, use that model to track performance, and identify errors in the underlying assumptions and adjust.

BUSI 461

FINANCING THE STARTUP VENTURE

For students interested in developing their own startup company or working for a venture capital or related organization, this course will familiarize you with the financial and organizational challenges typical of start-up companies. This course covers the entire early-stage venture funding continuum and provides exposure to the industry through guest speakers and case studies. The course is a pre-requisite for BUSI ###.

BUSI 469

LILIE NEW VENTURE CHALLENGE

Work on your venture using a set of tools and frameworks that will help you get from idea to launch. This individualized lab course provides the mentorship and guidance you need to build your startup. Open to venture teams with at least one Rice undergraduate student.

SPRING 2020

BUSI/ENGI 221

NEW ENTERPRISES

Work in teams to learn the tools and processes for developing an entrepreneurial venture by taking an idea and trying to build it into a viable, scalable startup.

BUSI 4##

STUDENT VENTURE FUND - EVALUATING THE STARTUP VENTURE

Students in this experiential course will evaluate early-stage startups and make recommendations for venture investment by the $2M student venture fund at Rice. The applied course gives you the opportunity to sit in the shoes of a venture investor and place investment capital into early-stage ventures. Pre-requisite: BUSI 461.

BUSI 463

ENTREPRENEURIAL STRATEGY

Gain a deep understanding of the core strategic challenges facing start up innovators and learn a synthetic framework for choosing and implementing entrepreneurial strategy in dynamic environments to establish competitive advantage.

BUSI 464

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Learn how to apply an entrepreneurial approach to address social challenges through the project-driven course that works on social issue relevant to Houston.