Entrepreneurship @ Rice

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Entrepreneurship at Rice Business

We teach all our students how to think and act like entrepreneurs. Whether you’re starting a new enterprise or making something happen inside the company where you already work, the entrepreneurial mindset is a necessary part of any successful person’s tool kit.

We are proud to be ranked the #1 Graduate Entrepreneurship Program in the U.S. by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine. We take pride in being consistently ranked in the top 10 since 2010.

Entrepreneurship Ranking

Below are just a few reasons why Rice Business is the place to go for entrepreneurship:

  • World-Renowned Faculty: 
    • We are intentionally small, allowing our world-renowned faculty to guide and support students
  • Robust elective courses
    • Courses include Venture Capital, IP for Entrepreneurs and E-Lab, a course where students work on their own startups and receive course credit
  • Multiple entrepreneurship focused programs: 
    • Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie Lab): state-of-the-art on-campus lab space with an array of resources to support students  
    • Owlspark: an accelerator that provides hands-on entrepreneurship experiences and a roadmap from innovation to commercialization
      • 98 founders have launched 39 startups since 2013
    • Rice Alliance for Technology and Innovation: a strategic alliance between Rice Business and other Rice University graduate schools, George R. Brown School of Engineering and the Weiss School of Natural Sciences
      • Since 2000, more than 2,300 companies have participated in over 190 Rice Alliance programs and have raised more than $5.9 billion in early-stage capital. Some of their events are:
        • Texas Digital Summit
        • Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum
        • Bayou Startup Showcase
  • The Rice Business Plan Competition, the world's largest and richest business plan competition
    • Each year 42 teams compete for 1.5 million in cash and prizes
    • Since its inception, the competition has raised over $2.3B in capital

Our second-round application deadline for Full-Time,
Professional and Executive MBA programs is April 3, 2020.

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