10th Annual Rice Alliance I.T. & Web Venture Forum



Meet Leading Investors and Promising Startups in the Texas Eco-system for IT/Software/Web 

Register Now to 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 $2.1 billion.

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

Keynote Speakers:
Kerry Rupp
Managing Partner
DreamIt Ventures (Philadelphia, New York, Israel, Austin)

DreamIt Ventures is ranked as one of the top Start-up Accelerators in the United States.  DreamIt provides a 12-week program and up to $25,000 in funding to help promising startups through capital, coaching, connections, curriculum, community, and challenge.   

Kerry Rupp is Managing Partner of DreamIt Ventures. Prior to DreamIt, she founded Holiday Golightly, an online travel service specializing in girlfriend getaway trips. She also provides marketing and strategy consulting to senior executives at companies such as AllRecipes.com, ReadersDigest, LexisNexis, Payscale, and Taleo. Kerry has startup experience at Classmates.com, Jobster, MarketSpan, CourtLink and Automated Catalogue Services. 

Blair Garrou
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Mercury Fund (Houston, Texas)

Since inception in 2005, Mercury Fund has become one of the most active seed-stage venture firms in the Midcontinent, becoming a “go-to” fund for entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of idea generation, company formation, and market execution.  Mercury’s sole focus is seed and early-stage venture investing. Mercury initially invests between $50,000 to $1.5 million into an opportunity and will build syndicates for investments needing larger amounts of capital.  The Mercury Fund has been ranked as one of the top U.S. venture capital firms for early stage companies by Entrepreneur magazine.    Blair Garrou has significant experience in operating, investing in and advising startup companies, particularly in the software industry. Prior to co-founding the Mercury Fund, Blair was the CEO of Intermat, Inc., a leader in product information management software (acq. by IHS). Prior to Intermat, Blair was a Principal of Genesis Park LP, a Houston-based venture capital and private equity firm.

Participating Venture Capital Firms, Angel Networks, and Accelerators include: 
Austin Ventures
Angel Capital Association
Baylor Angel Network
Clear Spring Capital Group
Covera Ventures
Dallas Venture Partners
DreamIt Ventures
G-51 Capital
 Houston Angel Network
LiveOak Venture Partners
Lone Star Angels
Mercury Fund
North Texas Angel Network
RedHouse Associates
S3 Ventures
Silver Creek Ventures
Silverton Partners
SURGE Accelerator
Tech Wildcatters
Texas Halo Fund
Trailblazer Capital
West Texas Angel Network

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors for making this event possible:

Event Underwriters:   
Austin Ventures
Mercury Fund   
PKF Texas   
Sevin Rosen Funds   
SURGE Accelerator

Mobile App Developer and Sponsor:   

Company Showcase and Reception Sponsor: 

Supporting Organizations: 
Opportunity Houston & Greater Houston Partnership   
Houston Technology Center

Media Sponsors:   
Houston Business Journal   
BusinessMakers Radio Show

Host Sponsor:   
Jones Graduate School of Business

To Register:  Click HereAdvance Discounted Registration Closes – Monday, Dec. 3 at 5 pm

Cost to attend:  
$149: non-members and general public (Discounted advance registration ends Monday, Dec. 3)    
$195: Walk-up Registration
No charge: 2012-2013 Rice Alliance Individual and Corporate Members
No charge:  Current full-time Rice faculty, staff, and students[Note: If you join as a member now for $195, you receive a season pass to attend this and other Rice Alliance events at no charge.]

Join Now, as a Rice Alliance Member and attend at no cost:  Current members of the Rice Alliance can attend this Forum and other events throughout the year at no cost.  Corporate membership starts at $500, and individual membership is $195.  To join as a member, you can email, call, or join online: Click Here to join.  More Info: Click here. Membership runs from now through June 30, 2013.  

More Info: www.alliance.rice.edu

Organizer Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship


Thu, Dec. 6, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. US/Central


Jones Graduate School of Business
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77251

McNair Hall, Rice University