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 2 years in a row by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine
Attend the Energy Tech Venture Forum
The Rice Alliance's 19th Annual Energy Tech Venture Forum is the premier energy tech venture capital conference to connect energy innovators, investors, corporations and the energy ecosystem—both traditional and renewable.
This event is an opportunity to learn about the latest emerging technologies, meet investors to seek funding, see promising companies, learn about investment opportunities, meet individuals from the energy industry. Attend to network and learn about opportunities for entrepreneurs, researchers, investment professional and business executives.
- 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 to ignite a passion for entrepreneurship within the Rice community, OwlSpark provides hands-on entrepreneurship experiences and a roadmap from innovation to commercialization. The Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator is the newest accelerator, founded in 2021, to increase the likelihood of success for early-stage global startups advancing solutions for a cleaner, more efficient and sustainable future.
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 2021 and raised $3.16 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.
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