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 3 years in a row by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine - Rice Business 

Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator Class 2 - 2022

2022 Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator Energy Companies

Meet the 17 Ventures Accelerating the Energy Transition in Class 2

The Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator helps energy ventures from around the world raise funds, launch pilots, win adoption into the marketplace and expand their reach through a robust curriculum, customized mentor relationships and targeted corporate and investor introductions. The second annual class will put a spotlight on 17 early- to mid-stage ventures that collectively have already raised more than $54.5 million. From seven states and four countries, these companies are driving innovation in advanced materials, digital technology for energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, geothermal energy, hydrogen, waste heat to power, wave energy and wind energy.



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