Rice University and University of Houston join in celebration of entrepreneurship at first Bayou Startup Showcase Aug. 14


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Rice University and University of Houston join in celebration of entrepreneurship at first Bayou Startup Showcase Aug. 14

HOUSTON – (Aug. 5, 2014) – Two leading university technology accelerators will partner to host the first Bayou Startup Showcase at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business Aug. 14.

The event, which is jointly hosted by Rice University’s OwlSpark startup accelerator and the University of Houston’s (UH) RED Labs startup accelerator, will be from 2 to 7 p.m. in McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Registration closes at noon Aug. 12.

The Bayou Startup Showcase provides an opportunity for startup teams from both accelerator programs to showcase their diverse businesses to the Greater Houston community and publicly launch them, according to event organizers. A total of 13 teams from both universities will present their companies.

The teams will have spent three months developing scalable business models for their innovative technologies through an intensive curriculum, ongoing mentorship and customer validation prior to the showcase.

For more information, visit the Bayou Startup Showcase website, http://bayoustartupshowcase.com. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/bayou-startup-showcase-tickets-6516124905.

The event is supported by the Jones School, UH’s Bauer College of Business, the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership and Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering.

Members of the media are welcome to attend. To RSVP, for more information or to arrange coverage, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6775 or jfalk@rice.edu.

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Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.