12th Annual IT and Web Venture Forum

Meet Leading Investors and Promising Startups in IT/Web/Software at the Largest IT Venture Capital Forum in the Southwest

See the most promising Information Technology, web, and software start-up companies pitch their companies to over 400 venture capitalists, investors, mentors, business & corporate leaders and industry experts. Since 1999, more than 30% of the start-up companies pitching at past Rice Alliance Technology Venture Forums have raised funding, totaling over $2.9 billion.

“This was such a great event. It was obviously well planned and the quality of the participants was very high.”


Our Beautiful Venue – McNair Hall, Rice University

This year we are proud to announce that our venue location will be at Rice University in McNair Hall. Rice’s 300 acre, tree-lined campus has more than 70 major buildings with beautiful architectural elements that are made uniquely for the University. They are committed to establishing a relationship with Houston’s community leaders and our neighborhoods. The staff has participated in multiple community events and helped keep our neighbors informed on all campus activities. To download the map of Rice University, please click here.

Feedback from attendees at last year’s Forum:

“This is the best run entrepreneurial event I have ever attended.  Logistics and quality of attendees were outstanding.”

“I was told by a VC that he thought this was the best event for entrepreneurs in Texas. The event lived up to those expectations.”

“Great networking.”

“I saw plenty of investable companies.”

“I met a lot of other investors I did not know before.”

Why Attend?

  • Get a first-look at emerging IT/software startups
  • Network with over 100 investors
  • Hear from leading venture capitalists and investors
  • Meet start-ups one-on-one during the Company Showcase and Reception
  • Learn what is required to get outside funding for your start-up company
  • Network with over 400 members of the Texas and the Southwest region entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Learn what is included in a successful investor pitch