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 

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Call for Energy Tech Ventures: 2023 Energy Tech Venture Forum

Apply to participate in the premier energy tech VC conference to connect energy innovators, investors, corporations and the energy ecosystem: closing July 14, 2023 

For participating energy startups and companies, the Energy Tech Venture Forum is an opportunity to meet energy investors and corporations, showcase your company and network with 600+ angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate innovation groups, industry leaders, academics and service providers. 

BlueLaunch and REDLabs

Class 11 and Class 2 of OwlSpark and BlueLaunch Venture Accelerators

17 ventures are participating in the two summer accelerators for Rice University students, faculty, recent alumni and staff, the largest number of ventures in the 11-year history of these programs.

This year’s startups represent 37 universities from six countries and were chosen from a competitive applicant pool. With a goal of not only competing for cash but also understanding what it takes to secure investment, raise awareness and launch a successful venture, these graduate students will pitch their companies through four rounds and three days of competition in hopes of taking home the grand prize.


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