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Entrepreneurship & Innovation @ Rice
Keeping you up to date on all things entrepreneurship and innovation at @ Rice University. 
Frank and Cindy Liu Family Foundation donates $16.5 million to prepare Rice students to be successful entrepreneurs

Houston entrepreneur and Rice University alumnus Frank Liu and his family, through their philanthropic foundation, have made a $16.5 million gift to launch the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie) at Rice. Lilie will feature new and expanded entrepreneurship courses as well as project funds with the goal of encouraging Rice students to pursue and achieve success in entrepreneurial endeavors.

“With this remarkable commitment to entrepreneurial experience and opportunity, Frank Liu and Rice make a strong statement about being a top choice for students who want to learn how to bring innovative ideas to life,” Rice President David Leebron said. “As a successful Rice alumnus and entrepreneur, Frank understands the potential impact of the entrepreneurship program at Rice, in Houston and Texas, and the generous support of the Frank and Cindy Liu Family Foundation gives Rice students every opportunity to realize their ambitions.”
Lilie aims to provide students from across the university with entrepreneurial knowledge and problem-solving skills to succeed in a world where such capabilities are increasingly critical for meaningful and influential careers.
“By providing hands-on opportunities to learn entrepreneurship through Lilie’s innovative courses and programs, we hope to attract talented and driven students and equip them with the necessary resources to lead innovation both on Rice’s campus and across the city of Houston and the state of Texas,” said Liu, who graduated from Rice in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Liu, the founder of Lovett Homes, InTown Homes and Lovett Commercial, has developed residential, retail and commercial real estate in Houston for over 35 years. “I am confident that Lilie will inspire Rice students to become entrepreneurial leaders and do great things in Houston, a city that has been a place of remarkable opportunity for my family and for so many other Houstonians. I hope our city will benefit from a new generation of business employers and greater participation in the innovation economy of the 21st century.”

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Professor Yael Hochberg Releases Annual Accelerator Rankings

Professor Yael Hochberg and University of Richmond Susan Cohen released their annual seed accelerator ranking report after presenting their findings at SXSW in Austin this past week. Houston's very own, Surge Ventures, made it on the list!

Rice University's Alexander Wesley Garners National Attention over SPUD
Alexander Wesley, 2016 MBA candidate at the Jones Graduate School of Business and Co-Founder and CEO of Arovia, exhibited the Spontaneous Pop-Up Display (SPUD) at South By Southwest this year. The device can be compacted to the size of an Apple TV when travelling, and it unfolds into a 24-inch high-resolution rear-projection screen that can receive input through an HDMI cable or wirelessly. Wesley will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to continue raising funds. 

HERE to learn more. 

Ignite Trek

Ignite welcomed students from Rice University, UC Davis, Lamar University, and Texas Medical Center institutions. They mixed and mingled with some of the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and CEOs for a stimulating and rewarding entrepreneurship experience. Company visits included the likes of Lyft, Dropbox, Square, Blend, LendUp, Maana, Skype, Box, Five Prime, Gilead, Proteus, Alloy Ventures, and the students also heard from Micromidas, Adheysys Medical, HICOR Technologies, Adobe, Auditude, KlickNation, Girls Gone Global, and Stem Express.
Founded in 2011 at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business by Professor Jack M. Gill and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Ignite is a three day intensive, immersive education experience in entrepreneurship in one of the nation’s leading high-tech entrepreneurial regions. This exciting program of live, ongoing case studies told by founding entrepreneurs creates a memorable entrepreneurship learning experience for graduate students (MBAs, MSs, MDs, and PhDs). In addition, the students spend a day touring startups and iconic tech companies. We are pleased that UC Davis was our Ignite 2016 partner. UC Davis and its alumni play an important and growing role in the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial community. UC Davis and its impressive entrepreneurial faculty were ideally positioned to host and help make our 6th annual Ignite experience equally as successful as the first five.

Rice University MBA Students at Square.
Rice University MBA Students at Dropbox. 
Mark your calendar for...
5th Annual JGSEO - Owl Tank
Thursday, March 31st
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Anderson Family Commons
Rice University

Modeled after ABC’s Shark Tank, the Owl Tank is an opportunity to take ideas that may not require significant venture capital funding and present to business leaders and investors for their expert feedback, prize money and ongoing advice and connections.

As a compliment to the Rice Business Plan Competition, the Owl Tank gives students and alumni starting businesses in a variety of areas the opportunity to compete. The goal is to help them launch their businesses by putting 8 companies in front of angel investors and providing them with access to support resources.
Register (Team)
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9th Annual Rice Customer Management Symposium
Friday, April 8th
7:00am - 1:00pm
McNair Hall
Rice University

Keynote Speakers:
Mr. Daniel Cotlar, Chief Marketing Officer,

Mr. Gregory Knight
Sr. VP of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service
Chief Customer Officer
CenterPoint Energy

Rice "40 Under 40" Entrepreneurship Panel
A panel of distinguished Rice alumni entrepreneurs, moderated by Ms. Gita Kulkami - President of Avinta Services & JGSEO Board Member, will share their insights about entrepreneurial strategy. Panelists include the founders of Pinot's Palette, The Expanded Environment, C2 Creative, and Houston Dairymaids.
Rice Business Plan Competition
April 14th-16th
McNair Hall
Rice University 

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University's internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. This is the 16th year for the competition. In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes.

161 past competitors have gone on to successfully launch their businesses and are still in business today, with another 15 having successful exits. These companies have raised in excess of $1.2 billion in funding.
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