Capitalizing Ideas

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.

Capitalizing Ideas

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 

Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator - Apply for Class 3

Clean Energy Accelerator

Apply for Class 3 by April 14th

Open to all global early stage ventures with sustainable and energy transition solutions, the Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator helps energy startups achieve technical and commercial milestones by fast-tracking development and expanding their reach through building their brands, perfecting their pitches, sparking investment opportunities and developing their networks. 29 startups have participated in the clean energy accelerator and raised almost $29.6M in funding. 

Join us at our two virtual info sessions on March 20th and April 3rd to learn more. 


The Owl
Greater Houston Partnership
Houston Angel Network
Norton Rose Fulbright
Wells Fargo


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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.