A membership to the Rice Alliance secures your ability to have access to exciting new businesses and technologies. This is an opportunity to show your support to our community of entrepreneurs and network with investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and leading researchers.

Events include: 

  • Bayou Startup Showcase, August 4, 2021
  • Energy Venture Day at the Offshore Technology Conference, August 16, 2021 - Virtual
  • Discounted admission to Texas Life Science Forum, February 24, 2022
  • Rice Business Plan Competition, April 7-9, 2022 (On campus event only) 
  • Energy Venture Day - May 3, 2022
  • Bayou Startup Showcase, August 2022 
  • 19th Annual Rice Alliance Energy Tech Venture Forum - September 15, 2022 
  • Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator Demo Day - Fall 2022
  • 11th Annual Texas Life Science Forum, November 2022 (discounted) 

Memberships renew on a calendar year basis. 

People speaking on a panel

Benefits of a Rice Alliance Membership

Membership more than pays for itself. Members receive free or discounted admission to our flagship events (Forum admission is usually $175 to $225). These events are designed to effectively build networks, raise awareness for new startups and tech and drive action toward commercializing and growing solutions to our world's most pressing challenges. More than 53,000 individuals have attended Rice Alliance events, to hear from 2,800+ startups and hundreds of speakers.


Membership for the 2021-2022 year will run from July 1, 2021, through December 31, 2022 (with an extra 6 months due to event changes from covid). 

Upcoming Events


An Individual Membership to the Rice Alliance costs $275. This is ideal for an individual who would like to attend more than one of our events. 

Corporate Membership will range from $500 - $750 depending on the number of employees in your company. This membership is ideal for companies who would like to send multiple employees to our various forums and events. The level you choose will depend on the number of employees in your organization. (Level 1 for 1-30 employees with $500 annual dues, includes 3 guest passes for each event, or Level 2 for 31+ employees with $750 annual dues, includes 4 guest passes for each event).

The Rice Alliance was the pioneer of the Houston entrepreneurial ecosystem and continues to be a leader. Its business plan competition arose from being a small, local event to the largest and richest business plan competition in the world. Within a short period of time, the Rice Alliance morphed this competition from a massive in-person event into an exceptionally well-managed virtual event.

Linda S


Linda Member

Being a Rice Alliance member is a fantastic way to stay connected and engaged with not only the Rice community, but also entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders. With Covid-19 creating a challenging environment for everyone, the Rice Alliance continues to adapt and shine by making their events virtual yet still engaging for the audience. I've always appreciated being a member since I joined years ago, but to see the Rice Alliance team overcome the challenges this year has been most impressive!

Steven Tsai


Stephen Member