About Us

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship (Rice Alliance) is Rice University’s nationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies. It was formed as a strategic alliance of three schools: the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business in collaboration with the Vice Provost and the Office of Research.

The Rice Alliance is a catalyst for building successful ventures through education, guidance and connections. Its mission is to support the creation of technology-based companies and the commercialization of new technologies in the Houston community and Southwest.

Since its inception in 2000, the Rice Alliance has assisted in the launch of more than 250 start-ups which have raised more than half a billion dollars in early-stage capital. More than 1000 companies have presented at the 125+ programs hosted by the Rice Alliance. More than 26,000 individuals have attended Rice Alliance events in the past nine years and over 24,000 individuals subscribe to the Rice Alliance Digest newsletter.

The Rice University Business Plan Competition is the World’s Richest and Largest, awarding more than $1.3 million in prizes; Over 133 past competitors are in business today having raised in excess of $394 million.

Recent recognition:

  • 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 Top 10 Best U.S. Graduate Entrepreneurship Program – Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine
  • 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 Top 15 Best U.S. Graduate Entrepreneurship Program – US News & World Report
  • 2014, 2013 #1 Global University Business Incubator (UBI Index)
  • 2013 Top 20 Global Entrepreneurship Programs (BusinessWeek International)
  • 2013 #1 Global EMBA (Financial Times)
  • 2012 #7 Best College for Aspiring Entrepreneurs (Huffington Post and Unigo)
  • 2012, 2009 Marketer of the Year – American Marketing Association 
  • 2011 National Model MBA Entrepreneurship Program – USASBE
  • 2009 Outstanding Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership - GCEC
  • 2009 Outstanding Technology Entrepreneurship Program – USASBE
  • 2008 Houston’s Greatest Economic Development Ally – Greater Houston Partnership
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  • Tympanogen (2016) takes research to new heights aboard the International Space Station 
  • Acquired by Home Depot, Black Locus (2011) serves as the Innovation Hub for the retail giant
  • Making a spectacular exit, Auditude (2005) is sold to Adobe for $110M 
  • Dynamics (2009): designing & manufacturing battery powered, interactive credit cards
  • Adhesys Medical (2014) wins big at the 2016 MassChallenge 
  • From Malta to London & New York to Shanghai, essDOCS' (2004) paperless trading platform powers international shipping
  • A76 (2015), developing anti-corrosion coatings and lubricants, rebrands as Aidant Brands
  • Neopenda (2016): finalist at the 2016 SXSW Startup Showcase  
  • SiNode Systems (2013): collaborating with the Argonne National Laboratory to build better batteries
  • Soko (SasaAfrica, 2012) chats with Forbes about fashion-tech 
  • Allyson Sawyer, a woman succeeding in the energy space with Rebellion Photonics (2010) 
  • Polytorx(2003) Helix Steel reinforces the underground tunnels linking the Long Island Railroad to Grand Central Station
  • Broadway & baseball, Qcue (2008) provides dynamic ticket pricing for events across the continent
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