Rice Business has a long legacy of leadership in Entrepreneurship education. Our program, founded by emeritus faculty Al Napier and Ed Williams, has been consistently ranked among the top ten graduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation. Our classes combine theory and practice in order to provide students the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom. A combination of leading academics and practitioners ensures that students are exposed to a broad range of perspectives and experiences throughout their journey. 

Rice Business’ entrepreneurship faculty also support the wider university efforts in entrepreneurship, under the auspice of the Entrepreneurship Initiative. Rice’s Entrepreneurship Initiative was founded in 2015 to build upon Rice Business’ program, with the aim of transforming Rice into “The Entrepreneurial University” envisioned by President David Leebron. Rice’s combination of top tier engineering and sciences, strong business school and creatively-oriented student body create a natural environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship@Rice is composed of a collection of curricular and co-curricular activities meant to prepare students for the process of entrepreneurship. Read more about Entrepreneurship@Rice.

Full-Time Faculty

Yael Hochberg

Yael Hochberg

Ralph S. O'Connor Professor in Entrepreneurship (Finance); Head, Rice University Entrepreneurship Initiative
713-348-3596

Al Danto

Lecturer in Management - Entrepreneurship & IT
 

Hesam Panahi

Lecturer in Management - Entrepreneurship
 
Abby Larson

Abby Larson

Director, Entrepreneurship Initiative
713-348-2817
Douglas Schuler

Douglas A. Schuler

Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy
713-348-5472

Part-Time Faculty

Rafael Alvarez

Lecturer in Management - Entrepreneurship
 
Blair Garrou

Blair Garrou

Lecturer in Management - Entrepreneurship & IT
713-715-6820

Aziz Ahmed Gilani

Lecturer in Management - Entrepreneurship
 

Jack M. Gill

Professor in the Practice of Entrepreneurship
713-348-2817

Danielle Supkis Cheek

Lecturer in Management - Accounting
 

Emeriti Faculty

G. Anthony Gorry

Friedkin Professor Emeritus of Management
713-899-5684

H Albert Napier

Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship and Psychology
713-348-5389
Edward E. Williams

Edward E. Williams

Professor of Entrepreneurship (Emeritus)
713-348-5381