Rice Business hosts an array of events—virtually and in person—that allow you to witness the diversity and innovative thought our tight-knit community brings.

From webinar panel discussions to networking events and competitions, we create opportunities for students and faculty to voice their bold ideas—inside and outside the classroom.

MBA@Rice Webinars

April 18
6:00 PM CT

For a full list of on-campus and virtual events, visit the Rice Business News and Events page.

Case Competitions and Conferences

Rice Business hosts a variety of summits, conferences and competitions—many are run by students. These are great opportunities to network and develop leadership skills.

The Rice Energy Finance Summit (REFS), held every November, is a student-led conference promoting forward-looking discussions on the most relevant energy finance, investment and strategy topics affecting the global energy industry. The conference brings together senior executives, investors, advisors and policymakers to share their perspective with over 400 fellow energy industry professionals, students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Our annual, student-run Women in Leadership Conference brings together present and future women business leaders to network and exchange ideas. The conference, open to the public and held every February, gives industry leaders a chance to directly contribute to the development of women leaders in the community.

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s largest and richest graduate student startup competition. Every April, student teams join us from around the world to compete for over $1 million in cash and prizes. And in the 20 years we’ve been hosting the competition, RBPC competitors have raised more than $2.3 billion in funding.

At Rice Business, we believe that embracing a multitude of perspectives leads to enhanced decision-making. Our Diversity and Inclusion Conference, held every October, provides a forum for business leaders to discuss issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and the ways we can foster and encourage those values.

See the full list of conferences and competitions and learn more about how you can get involved. 


“Partio,” our party on the patio, is a beloved Rice Business tradition held most Thursdays, mixing students from all programs—including the MBA@Rice program—with faculty and staff. If you’re in the area, come to campus and connect with your Rice MBA family. These events are our favorite way to unwind. Join us. 

Preview the Partio Experience

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