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 

Wind Turbines and Refinery

Call for Energy Tech Ventures!

Rice Alliance Energy Tech Venture Forum | Thursday, September 15, 2022

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


Upcoming Events


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


BlueLaunch Class 1

Rice has a new resource for entrepreneurs: BlueLaunch, the Rice University accelerator for consumer product companies and other small businesses.

BlueLaunch, the latest initiative from the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, provides hands-on training and mentoring designed to support the success of Rice-affiliated small-business entrepreneurs in any industry. Companies accepted into the accelerator have access to legal, financial, sales and marketing resources as well as mentorship from an invaluable professional network.