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 250+ of our programs 


In funding raised by participating companies 


Graduate Entrepreneurship Program 2 years in a row by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine 

Lovett Hall View from courtyard

Attend the Energy Tech Venture Forum

The Rice Alliance's 19th Annual Energy Tech Venture Forum is the premier energy tech venture capital conference to connect energy innovators, investors, corporations and the energy ecosystem—both traditional and renewable. 

This event is an opportunity to learn about the latest emerging technologies, meet investors to seek funding, see promising companies, learn about investment opportunities, meet individuals from the energy industry. Attend to network and learn about opportunities for entrepreneurs, researchers, investment professional and business executives.

Upcoming Events


The Owl
Greater Houston Partnership
Houston Angel Network
JP Morgan Chase
Mercury Fund
Norton Rose Fulbright
Texas Halo Fund
Wells Fargo