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It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for! The countdown to Bayou Startup Showcase is finally over! Monday and Tuesday of this week was dedicated to the final days of pitch practice. Founders and coaches focused on enunciation, eye contact, gestures, and presentation aesthetics. After rounds of pitch practice, the founders have finally gained the confidence they need for the...

Week Nine is here and we can hardly believe it! We kicked off the week with leadership lunch featuring Kaz Karwowski, who discussed the art of negotiation. Founders devoured lasagna while Kaz explained the importance of being a good negotiator. The founders walked away with a better understanding that despite popular belief, negotiation is a win-win, not a win-lose situation....

We are officially in the second half of the #bayoustartupsummer! On Monday, the founders celebrated Independence Day early and came dressed in their most patriotic outfits. Steve Wilbur kicked off Week Seven with Startup Founders Series. The theme? Unintended opportunities....

We are rolling full steam ahead here at OwlSpark! Weeks five and six have been a whirlwind of activities, and founders are at the point of beginning preparations for their pitch at the Bayou Startup Showcase. We’re honing in on value propositions, competitive landscapes, go-to market strategies and more, to prepare founders to showcase their hard work to more than...

Can you believe we’re already a third of the way through our sixth #bayoustartupsummer? Time is flying by and founders are working hard to stay on track. At this point in the summer, many teams’ biggest focus is customer interviews, so we made sure founders spent some time getting out of the building. To keep founders on their toes, OwlSpark...

Welcome to #bayoustartupsummer Class 6! We’re incredibly excited for this summer and energy has been sky-high from the get-go. We have fifteen startup teams from OwlSpark and RED Labs this year, working out of Rice’s very own Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or Lilie for short. A flexible and modern co-working space, Lilie is Rice’s new on-campus hub...

As another #bayoustartupsummer winds down, we’ve been taking some time to reflect on all that has happened this summer. The last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind as founders prepared for Bayou Startup Showcase, and we are excited for the weeks and months to come!...

We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing holiday weekend. We took a brief hiatus from the daily grind to celebrate America in style. Founders began to work with graphic designers to prepare slide decks for the Bayou Startup Showcase on August 1....

Week Five Sometimes it takes a little bit (okay, maybe a lot) of motivation to make it through a Monday. Kaz Karwowski, executive director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, gave founders the boost they needed by way of discussion (and delicious eats) on motivating your team. Fueled and motivated, founders were ready for the week ahead. Since the beginning of #bayoustartupsummer,...

Week Three Our week started off with another installment in our leadership series about teamwork, led by Kaz Karwowski, executive director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, who led a session about team development. Later on, Dr. Eduardo Salas (Rice University) dug deeper into this topic. Dr. Salas’ research is focused on team performance and training, and based on decades...

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