Looking for a way to stay engaged with a community of innovators and support the growth of up-and-coming entrepreneurs and founders? This Rice Alliance membership provides you access to exciting new business, while helping fuel the Rice Alliance and our impact on entrepreneurs in Houston and Texas and around the U.S.  As a catalyst for entrepreneurship at Rice University and beyond, Rice Alliance has supported more than 3,355 startups who have raised $25.9B in funding  

2024 Events Include: 

Three people talking at Bayou Startup Showcase

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 $250). 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. 

Your contribution supports all of our programs, many of which impact the early-stage ideas of leading researchers and student entrepreneurs at Rice University. To learn more about our programs, check them out here


Membership for the 2024 year will run from January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2024.

An Individual Membership to the Rice Alliance costs $350. This is ideal for an individual who would like to attend more than one of our events.

A Company Membership will range from $600 - $900 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 $600 annual dues, includes 2 guest passes for each event, or Level 2 for 31+ employees with $900 annual dues, includes 3 guest passes for each event).

Check out the 2024 member directory

Members come from corporations, startups and everywhere in between—our members are looking to engage with and support the innovation community.

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