Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter aids entrepreneurs and investors alike, principally through educational events and workshops but also through mentoring, funding, partnership, and networking. The Austin Chapter was formed in 2003 as the successful Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship initiative at Rice University in Houston expanded its footprint. Austin was an obvious choice and the Austin Chapter now claims an important space in the entrepreneurial community in the capital city.

Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter seeks to work with and assist entrepreneurs at all stages, from idea to exit. Programs include recurring annual events, such as the 8-week Entrepreneur’s Workshop and panel events on topical technology developments that gather experts and leaders to drive thought provoking discussion. The Austin Chapter also partners on other events with entities such as Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) and RISE.

Mission Statement

Houston Rice Alliance

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship based on the campus of Rice University is a nationally-recognized organization that supports technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies. It was founded in 2000 and serves not only Houston, but also the greater southwest.

The Rice Alliance has assisted with the launch of more than 250 start-ups that have raised more than a half a billion dollars in early-stage capital. It is the organizer and host of the Rice University Business Plan Competition, the world’s richest and largest, which has awarded nearly $10 million in prizes and helped usher more than 125 competitors into active businesses today. Visit the main Rice Alliance web site  here