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 

Energy Tech Venture Forum 2023

2023 Energy Tech Venture Forum

The premier energy tech VC conference to connect energy innovators, investors, corporations and the energy ecosystem: September 21, 2023 at Rice University 

In its 20th year, the forum showcases promising energy tech companies that are boldly creating the future of energy, as well as a keynote and panel from industry leaders. Attendees will see pitches from Class 3 of the Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator.

Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator Class 3 2023

Innovating in Energy with Class 3 of the Clean Energy Accelerator

The Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator supports the success of emerging, tech-enabled ventures who are advancing decarbonization solutions and efficiency strategies that accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.

From 4 countries and 7 states, the 15 ventures in Class 3 are driving innovation in advanced materials, biomass energy, carbon management/capture, digital technology for energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, hydrogen, solar energy, wind energy, and water purification.

Now under way: learn more about Class 3 and meet them during Demo Day on September 21, 2023. 


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