IdeaLaunch @ Rice University (Virtual)
Fall 2021

A learn-by-doing startup bootcamp designed for thinkers and doers.

About the Program

IdeaLaunch is a free startup bootcamp open to entrepreneurial minds—engineers, researchers, scientists, artists, musicians, business and creative minds—thinkers and doers who are ready to solve problems and turn ideas into potential businesses. This virtual program helps teams examine their idea, research, or innovation for market fit.

Program Outcomes
  • An understanding of your customer and the value delivered
  • Explore market fit
  • Exposure to the entrepreneurship process
  • Expand your network of subject matter experts, mentors, and business leaders
Program Dates

Tuesday, October 19  •  1:00 – 2:30 pm


Tuesday, October 26  •  1:00 – 5:00 pm
Opening Workshop


November 1 – 5
Office Hours


Tuesday, November 9  •  1:00 – 4:00 pm
Midpoint Workshop


Tuesday, November 16  •  1:00 – 5:00 pm
Closing Workshop


Teams will also be responsible for scheduling Office Hours with instructors between sessions.


*All workshops are virtual.

Team Composition

Graduate students, faculty, and staff interested in translating their innovation and research into commercial ventures are encouraged to apply.

Teams must meet the following criteria:
•  At least two team members who can attend all sessions
•  Technical proficiency of research or innovation, and you have an idea for a product or service that incorporates your research or innovation

Learn More & Apply

Interested teams should apply by Sunday, October 17 at 11:59 pm CT at Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, there are a limited number of slots available, so early application is encouraged.

Questions? Schedule a time to chat, or contact Jessica Fleenor.