Startup Leaders at the 9th Annual Bayou Startup Showcase

Summer Accelerators | OwlSpark and BlueLaunch


Rice Alliance has two business accelerators ready to help you take the next step!

These 12-week programs provide structured curriculum, mentoring and connections to a vast entrepreneurial network. Participating earns you a $1,000 monthly stipend, and both programs are open to Rice University students, faculty, staff and recent alumni. OwlSpark is the Rice University high growth startup accelerator that has been helping students launch their tech companies since 2013BlueLaunch is the newest accelerator supporting Rice-affiliated small businesses, regardless of industry. 

RIce University President on OwlSpark and BlueLaunch

"When I first arrived at Rice University in 2017 as Dean of Engineering, I was excited to see the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of our students and community. Now, five years later as President, I am more energized than ever before in the potential of our Rice community, which has been ignited by the OwlSpark and BlueLaunch accelerators, hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. This year marks the 10th year the OwlSpark Accelerator has been providing an experiential learning opportunity for Rice University students, faculty, staff and alumni who are building and growing remarkable companies....To all of the entrepreneurs who have been working hard this summer to grow your ventures: cheers to you! I’m inspired by your determination, resilience and ideas that will change the world and we’re excited to see where you go next!"

Rice University Business Accelerators

Class 1 of BlueLaunch and Class 10 of OwlSpark ran May 23 through August 5, 2022, and was hosted alongside RED Labs and RED Launch, the University of Houston business accelerators. The programs culminated in the Bayou Startup Showcase on August 3. Check out #BayouSmallBizSummer + #BayouStartupSummer for a peak into this year's programming. 

Meet OwlSpark Class 10 and BlueLaunch Class 1

We have been hard at work this summer and we want to show off our awesome founders! Get a sneak peak of the startups in OwlSpark Class 10 and BlueLaunch Class 1. Check back over the next few weeks for a new spotlight, leading up to the Bayou Startup Showcase on August 3, 2022. RSVP for the showcase to meet all the founders! 

Tailored Programs for Your Small Business or Startup

OwlSpark - Bayou Startup Showcase
Launch your tech startup in OwlSpark

Supports high growth tech startup teams through an immersive program designed to validate and refine business models in preparation for launch. Now in its 10th year, 180 founders across 73 tech startups have participated in OwlSpark and gone on to raise more than $28 million in funding. 

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Grow your small business in BlueLaunch

A NEW 12-week accelerator focused on small businesses entrepreneurs, will help participants crystallize their businesses in the following areas: accounting, finance, legal, marketing and sales. 

Bayou Startup Showcase
Showcase your company to the Houston community

Learn about all 24 companies from the summer 2022 programs, watch their pitches or reach out to them! The 9th Annual Bayou Startup Showcase brought together hundreds of entrepreneurs, mentors and supporters to celebrate this year's founders at Saint Arnold Brewery. 


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