Entrepreneurship Club


The Entrepreneurship Club is one of the most active on campus. We are an organization dedicated to fostering the innovative entrepreneurial spirit and vision in the Jones School community. Our members have interests in many different areas of new venture creation, from founding or managing a start-up to investing, advising, or serving as a corporate partner. We feel that learning to build and grow sustainable ventures is a crucial aspect of one’s business education, and we strive to provide our members with a lifelong learning and support network to minimize risk and maximize success.

To these ends, the club offers numerous opportunities for involvement. These include:
  • Guest lectures on entrepreneurial topics such as: developing a business plan, raising capital, industry specific entrepreneurship, sales and intellectual property
  • Panel events offering valuable insights from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists
  • Visits to successful local start-ups and technology incubators
  • Networking events with local, national, and international entrepreneurial organizations
  • Membership and participation in the JGSEO (Jones School alumni entrepreneurship organization)
  • The Ignite Entrepreneurship Conference
  • Participation in the annual Venture Capital Investment Competition
  • Direct involvement in administering the Rice Business Plan Competition, the largest and richest in the world
Through these activities, we offer our members valuable insight from industry and thought leaders in venture capitalism, angel investment, young entrepreneurship and innovative and independent thinking. We structure our events to appeal to both full time and professional MBA students and embrace both career changers and career enhancers.

The future belongs to those with vision and passion. In our quickly changing environment, innovation and leadership are needed more than ever and the Entrepreneurship Club is here to provide our members with the resources and support to achieve their goals.

Officers 2014-2015

Douglas Crouch
Ryan Leary
Vice President
of Treasury

Kelsey French
Vice President
of Job Leads & CMC Relations
Liisa Price
Vice President
of Events

Cyrus Aghili
Vice President
of Venture Capital Competition
Evan Altemus
Vice President
of Undergraduate Student Outreach

Rudy Hasbun
Vice President
of Graduate Student Outreach
Denisse Cahuayme
Vice President
of Internal Relations

Karima Jivani
Vice President
of Information Management & Digital Communications
Isabel Gaeta
Vice President
of Sales Training

Rafeh Muhammad
Vice President
JGSEO & Rice Alliance Liaison
Nick Kurtenbach
MBA for Professionals Officer