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. It was formed as a strategic alliance of three schools: the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business in collaboration with the Vice Provost and the Office of Research.
The Rice Alliance is a catalyst for building successful ventures through education, guidance and connections. Its mission is to support the creation of technology-based companies and the commercialization of new technologies in the Houston community and Southwest.
Since its inception in 2000, more than 2300 companies have participated in over 190 Rice Alliance programs and have raised more than $5.9 billion in early-stage capital. More than 48,000 individuals have attended Rice Alliance events and over 36,000 individuals subscribe to the Rice Alliance Digest newsletter.
The Rice University Business Plan Competition is the World’s Richest and Largest, awarding more than $10 million in prizes since 2001. Over 201 past competitors are in business today or successfully exited having raised nearly $1.9 billion in capital and exit dollars.
OwlSpark Accelerator was 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 program has served 35 startups and more than 100 entrepreneurs.