Connecting startups to capital, networks and success
A catalyst for entrepreneurship at Rice University and beyond
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. Our mission is to support the creation and success of startups and the commercialization of new technologies in the Houston community and beyond.
20+ Years of Startup Support
Companies have participated in our programs
In funding raised by participating companies
Graduate Entrepreneurship Program 4 years in a row by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine - Rice Business
Register for Energy Venture Day
Rice Alliance Energy Venture Day: March 7, 2023
The Rice Alliance Energy Venture Day will feature pitches from nearly 40 energy ventures. This fast-paced event, is an opportunity for energy tech companies to connect with venture capitalists, corporate innovation groups, industry leaders, academics and service providers!
- Venture Programs
- Accelerators and Workshops
- Rice Business Plan Competition
The Rice Alliance hosts both large-scale and more intimate events to bring together investors, corporations, startups and technology ventures for deal-flow, networking and discussions. These programs incorporate company pitches, private investor dinners and personalized one-on-one investor/startup office hours. Our goal is to be a facilitator to quickly accelerate the growth and adoption of promising tech ventures. Since launch, our energy venture programs have included ventures raising $7.8 billion in funding—and our life science programs saw companies that raised more than $8.9 billion in funding, including 387 successful companies with 67 exits.
Accelerators and Workshops
Through top-tier curriculum and intentional mentorship, the Rice Alliance hosts multiple programs to quickly accelerate startups, from idea-stage to later-stage companies. IdeaLaunch is a learn-by-doing startup bootcamp designed for thinkers and doers to solve problems and turn ideas into potential businesses. OwlSpark is Rice University's tech startup accelerator founded in 2012 and provides hands-on startup experiences and a roadmap from innovation to commercialization for tech startups. The newest accelerator, BlueLaunch is Rice University small business accelerator and delivers hands-on training and mentoring designed to help scale small ventures. The Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator, founded in 2021, increases the likelihood of success for early-stage global startups advancing solutions for a cleaner, more efficient and sustainable future.
Rice Business Plan Competition
The world's largest and richest intercollegiate student startup competition, the Rice Business Plan Competition offers an educational program mirroring real-world experience through this multi-day event for student startups from across the world. Student founders pitch to investors, receive feedback and advance their startup. More than 826 teams have competed since 2001 and raised $4.6 billion in funding.
A membership to the Rice Alliance secures your ability to have access to exciting new businesses and technologies in the areas of life science, energy and clean technology, and information technology. This is an opportunity to show your support of our community of entrepreneurs and network with investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and leading researchers.
Based on professors’ tech, it aims to commercialize decarbonization of hydrogen production and chemical manufacturing. Syzygy Plasmonics, a Houston-based startup fueled by technology developed at Rice University, has announced $76 million in Series C financing led by Carbon Direct Capital — one of the largest rounds of funding for a venture spun out of a Rice lab.
HOUSTON – (Nov. 14, 2022) – Clean energy startups that are ready for investments and pilot programs will showcase their work during The Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator’s Nov. 17 Demo Day.
The event hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship will present quick pitches from 17 companies as well as networking opportunities. Startups will showcase work in areas including advanced materials, energy storage, energy efficiency, hydrogen, wind, wave and geothermal energy. Anyone interested in attending should register here.
HOUSTON – (Sept. 9, 2022) – The founding partners of the National Science Foundation Southwest I-Corps Node, co-established by Rice University, have been awarded a $15 million grant to form a hub that will expand the partnership to five additional universities.