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Rice Alliance Digest
August 4, 2021
The summer has been packed with programming and learning focused on early-stage startups, see what we've been up to: 

Six Weeks into the Inaugural Class of the Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator - Since launching on June 28, we've been helping our cohort of startups develop and refine their business models. | Read more below!

Energy Venture Day @ OTC, August 16 at 1:00 pm - 14 companies will give a quick pitch during this virtual pitch event, as part of the Offshore Technology Conference. | Register to watch virtually; no cost to attend. 

Texas Life Science Forum, November 11 - Co-Hosted by BioHouston and Rice Alliance | Apply to present by September 24.
 
Read more details on each opportunity below.
 

With an eye towards expediting growth, reducing risk and accelerating market adoption, we’re helping founders better position themselves and their startups for success. Founders have successfully completed six weeks at the Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator.

Building their networks: 
Our network has helped founders make connections, refine business models, shore up deficiencies and more.  We estimate more than 100 mentor engagements have been initiated in the first six weeks.

Learning through curriculum: 
Speakers have covered best practices around leadership, culture, team dynamics, product development, corporate governance, legal compliance, marketing, branding and communications and product pricing and sales—totaling nearly 30 sessions

Cross cohort support: 
Meeting weekly in their "pods"—small groups of 3-4 startups ranging in stage and tech—Class 1 is proving the value of cross-cohort learning. Meaningful connections and new friends have been made that will provide ongoing social and professional support.

As for the next six weeks, we’ll continue guiding founders towards successful entry into their markets.

 
Learn More About the 13 Startups in Class 1
Under the guidance of a formidable Executive-in-Residence team, and in combination with Rice and Houston’s ecosystem, we’ve been able to boost learnings and help founders achieve key objectives. However, their growth is all their own, here are some key achievements so far from startups in Class 1:
  • Arolytics: The team is growing and have hired two software engineers. Also recently included emissions reduction forecasting into its product roadmap.
     
  • 3E Nano: Call for a C$6M grant with Sustainable Development Technology Canada and a subsequent due diligence call with consortium partners contributing C$5M of in-kind support, took place in late July
     
  • Co-Flow Jet Wind Turbines: One of 3 startups selected to participate in The Ion's Startup Showcase on July 28th, Co-Flow won the July event.
     
  • Hydrodine Catalytics: Completed two productive site visits with two energy companies and selected a site for a field trial at an operating well in Edson, Alberta.
     
  • NASADYA: One of 28 early-stage student innovator teams who have been accepted into the Summer 2021 E-Team Grant Program, and one of 18 teams to receive a $5,000 Stage 1 grant.
     
  • Renewell Energy:  Recently accepted into the Newchip Accelerator and will start in mid-August.  

The virtual Rice Alliance Energy Venture Day at OTC on Monday, August 16th will feature pitches from 14 energy ventures, followed by Q&A from industry leaders. Learn more about the companies and hear their pitches by registering today! At the conclusion of the program, three companies will be announced as “Most Promising Companies.”
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Rice Alliance Energy Venture Day @ OTC
Monday, August 16th
1:00 -3:00 pm CT 
Virtual Webinar 

 
Register for the the Energy Venture Day @ OTC on Aug. 16

At the Life Science Forum—the premier life science event in Texas that brings together members from industry, emerging life science companies, academics and investors—presenters will have the opportunity to give a pitch to 500+ venture capitalists, corporate innovation groups, angel networks, industry leaders, academics and service providers. In addition, all presenters will have an opportunity to participate in office hours on November 10.No cost to apply.
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Texas Life Science Forum, co-hosted by BioHouston and Rice Alliance 
Thursday, November 11th
7:30 am -5:00 pm CT 
Rice University 
Apply for the Texas Life Science Forum by Sept. 24
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Thank You Rice Alliance Annual Underwriters
Diamond Underwriters:
GOOSE Capital
OWL Investment Group
Greater Houston Partnership
Houston Angel Network
JP Morgan Chase & CO
Norton Rose Fulbright
Mercury Fund
NASA Johnson Space Center
Nasdaq
Poetic
Texas HALO Fund
TiE Houston
The Artemis Fund
Wells Fargo
Platinum Underwriters:
Accenture
Anderson Family Fund
Baker Botts LLP
Chevron
ExxonMobil
Finger Interests
Halliburton Labs
Insperity
J&J | JLABS
Microsoft
nCourage Entrepreneurs Investment Group 
PKF Texas
Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
Shell
Texas Business Hall of Fame
TMCx
Gold Underwriters:
PNC (Formerly BBVA)
EY
Ion
Pearland Economic
Polsinelli
RedHat 
TotalEnergies
Silver Underwriters:
BP
Egan Nelson
Eternal Energy
Eunike Ventures
Hess
Houston Technology - International
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Latham & Watkins
Merichem
Phillips 66
Shearman & Sterling
Silicon Valley Bank
TechnipFMC
The Storyhive
Vinson & Elkins
Bronze Underwriters:
Altira Group
Ara Partners
Baird Capital
Carlson Capital
Cimarex
Clovis Point Capital
ConocoPhillips
DCP Technology Ventures
Duane Morris
Energy Innovation Capital
Energy Valley
Equinor
Evok Innovations 
EV Private Equity
Haynes and Boone LLP
Intervale Capital
John Jaggers
Lime Rock Partners
NEXT Renewable Fuels
Pacific Western Bank
Pioneer Natural Resources
PIVA Capital
SCF Ventures
Syren Capital
Texas Children's Hospital
Thompson & Knight
Winstead
Waste Management
Community Partners:
Greentown Labs
Mass Challenge Texas
Houston Exponential
HX Venture Fund
Plug and Play
SPE
 
   
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