How to Make Texas More Startup-friendly

Over the last decade, Blake Commager (@commagere) has raised over $12 million in venture capital funding, started seven companies and sold five—including the first version of Facebook Causes and some of the most popular apps on Facebook, such as Zombies and Vampires. Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Commager graduated from Rice in 1999 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003. Commagere is the CEO of MediaSpike and an angel investor, advising several startups in the Bay Area. His v...
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Reducing Recidivism through Entrepreneurship

Reducing Recidivism through Entrepreneurship High rates of recidivism in the United States negatively affect prisons, inmates, the government and tax-paying citizens. In 2013, the U.S. imprisoned 2,220,300 people. A Bureau of Justice Statistics study found that within three years of release, 67.8% of released prisoners were rearrested. Within five years, 76.6% of released prisoners were rearrested. Researchers typically link recidivism to unemployment, low levels of education, mental health ...
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Patents and the Cancer Moonshot

Patents and the Cancer Moonshot: How Subject Matter Eligibility Affects Research When standard cancer treatments fail, some doctors are turning to the developing field of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy involves treatments that use the patient’s own immune system to combat cancer. Both pharmaceutical companies and the federal government see the promise in funding research in this innovative field. However, R&D in cancer treatments is a time-intensive process, and it takes months, if not years,...
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Spotlight on Rice Entrepreneurs: Elevator Pitch Competition

What is an elevator pitch? The 8th Annual Rice Undergraduate Elevator Pitch Competition was held on Wednesday, November 16. Elevator pitches describe a problem or need and a design solution in 90 seconds or less. Judges evaluated the pitches based on technical merits of the project as well as the team’s persuasive speaking abilities. Who can participate in the Rice Elevator Pitch Competition? Although the competition was open to any Rice undergraduate student or team with a business con...
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Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup: 11/18/2016

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about entrepreneurship this week: Nationalism is not putting a damper on this trillion-dollar sector Elaine Pofeldt, Contributor, CNBC.com CNBC Contributor Elain Pofeldt observes that the United States and Europe are witnessing a rise in nationalist and anti-globalization sentiment. She cites Mr. Trump’s election and the Brex...
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Spotlight on Rice Entrepreneurs: An Outlet for Owlets

An Outlet for Owlets: New Opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rice On November 15, the Princeton Review ranked Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business third in the top graduate programs for entrepreneurship. For the past eight years, the Jones School's entrepreneurship program has ranked in the top 10 in the nation. In addition to the Jones School's ongoing success, several programs focus on undergraduate entrepreneurship and innovation. Recently launched programs p...
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Rice Entrepreneurs: East-West Tea

This month the McNair Center is spotlighting Rice entrepreneurs to celebrate National Entrepreneurship Month. To kick off our series, we sat down with Andrew Maust, operations manager for East-West Tea. East-West Tea East-West Tea began in the spring of 2016 as a project in Scott Davis's undergraduate marketing class. Dr. Davis, a post-doctoral fellow at the Jones Graduate School of Business, had students develop business strategies catering to underserved markets on campus. East-West Tea foun...
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