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.
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
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.
- Venture Programs
- Accelerators and Workshops
- Rice Business Plan Competition
The Rice Alliance hosts both large-scale and more intimate events to bring together investors, corporations, startups and technology ventures for deal-flow, networking and discussions. These programs incorporate company pitches, private investor dinners and personalized one-on-one investor/startup office hours. Our goal is to be a facilitator to quickly accelerate the growth and adoption of promising tech ventures. Since launch, our energy venture programs have included ventures raising $6.6 billion in funding—and our life science programs saw companies that raised more than $8.1 billion in funding, including 385 successful companies with 62 exits.
Accelerators and Workshops
Through top-tier curriculum and intentional mentorship, the Rice Alliance hosts multiple programs to quickly accelerate startups, from idea-stage to later-stage companies. IdeaLaunch is a learn-by-doing startup bootcamp designed for thinkers and doers to solve problems and turn ideas into potential businesses. OwlSpark is Rice University's startup accelerator founded in 2012 and provides hands-on startup experiences and a roadmap from innovation to commercialization for tech startups. The Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator, founded in 2021, increases the likelihood of success for early-stage global startups advancing solutions for a cleaner, more efficient and sustainable future. The newest accelerator, BlueLaunch is Rice University small business accelerator and delivers hands-on training and mentoring designed to help scale small ventures.
Rice Business Plan Competition
The world's largest and richest intercollegiate student startup competition, the Rice Business Plan Competition offers an educational program mirroring real-world experience through this multi-day event for student startups from across the world. Student founders pitch to investors, receive feedback and advance their startup. More than 730 teams have competed since 2001 and raised $4.6 billion in funding.
A membership to the Rice Alliance secures your ability to have access to exciting new businesses and technologies in the areas of life science, energy and clean technology, and information technology. This is an opportunity to show your support of our community of entrepreneurs and network with investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and leading researchers.
HOUSTON – (Sept. 9, 2022) – The founding partners of the National Science Foundation Southwest I-Corps Node, co-established by Rice University, have been awarded a $15 million grant to form a hub that will expand the partnership to five additional universities.
HOUSTON – (Aug. 4, 2022) – The Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator’s second annual class will put a spotlight on 17 early- to mid-stage startups that collectively have already raised more than $54.5 million.
HOUSTON – (July 27, 2022) – OwlSpark, Rice University’s high-growth tech startup accelerator, is celebrating 10 years of facilitating entrepreneurship and its 10th cohort, along with debuting the inaugural class of the small business accelerator BlueLaunch, which is focused on growing ventures of any industry.