IdeaLaunch @ Rice University (Virtual)
Fall 2022

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.

*The IdeaLaunch Fall 2022 cohort is focused on supporting academic engineers, researchers, scientists working on STEM-based deep technologies. IdeaLaunch is an NSF I-Corps regional program.

Program Outcomes
  • An understanding of your customer, ecosystem, 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 11  •  3:00 – 5:00 pm CT


October 12 – 17
Meet & Greet Office Hours *scheduled based on team and instructor availability.


Tuesday, October 18  •  1:00 – 5:00 pm
Opening Workshop


October 24 – 28
Office Hours *scheduled based on team and instructor availability.


Tuesday, November 1  •  1:00 – 5:00 pm
Midpoint Workshop


Tuesday, November 8  •  1:00 – 5:00 pm
Closing Workshop


*All workshops are virtual.

Team Composition

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

Teams must meet the following criteria:
•  2 – 5 team members who can participate in all workshops and all customer interview efforts (~10 – 15 hours per week)
•  Technical proficiency of research or innovation, and you have an idea for product or service that incorporates your research or innovation
•  Rights to practice intellectual property

Learn More & Apply

Interested teams should apply at the link below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, there are a limited number of slots available, so early application is encouraged.