Host an event at RICE

Host Your Event

The Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs offers exceptional rooms, state of the art technology, integrated hybrid solutions, and visual aesthetics that will enhance your group’s meeting or conference experience. We welcome you to explore the possibilities RICE has to offer. All external events and meetings hosted at RICE must align with RICE’s mission. The event must relate to a business or community matter. RICE does not host parties, nor does it host events for political candidates. We review every request and reserve the right to decline an event. Event bookings are not secured until client deposit has been paid and a signed contract has been confirmed with email from the RICE events team. Please click on the buttons below to submit your request.

Meeting Spaces

  • Capacity: 10
  • Time: 2-Hour Min
  • 86” LG screen.
  • Video conference camera.
  • Clickshare wireless system.
  • White board.
  • Counter space.

Hourly Rates

  • Stakeholder: $25
  • Nonprofit Rate: $40
  • Partner Rate: $45
  • Non-stakeholder Rate: $55
  • Capacity: 14 – 18
  • Time: 2-Hour Min
  • 438 sq ft
  • Large windows.
  • 82” Screen with ClickShare screen mirroring and video conferencing capabilities.
  • Keurig brewer with cups and pods.
  • 17 – foot counter space.
  • Oval table configuration.14 ergonomic modern leather chairs.
  • Power Tower with 8-3 prong plug and 8 USB ports.
  • Large white board with markers and erasers.

Hourly Rates

  • Stakeholder: $25
  • Nonprofit Rate: $50
  • Partner Rate: $55
  • Non-stakeholder Rate: $75
  • Capacity: 10
  • Time: 2-Hour Min
  • 322 sq ft
  • 82” Television Screen.
  • 82” Screen with ClickShare screen mirroring and video conferencing capabilities.
  • Keurig brewer with cups and pods.
  • 10 Ergonomic Modern Leather Chairs.
  • Large White Board with Markers and Erasers.

Hourly Rates

  • Stakeholder: $25
  • Nonprofit Rate: $40
  • Partner Rate: $45
  • Non-stakeholder Rate: $55
  • Capacity: 14 – 18
  • Time: 2-Hour Min
  • Modern Tech Feel with Large windows.
  • 82” Screen with ClickShare screen mirroring and video conferencing capabilities.
  • Long curved counter.
  • Sleek and Unique Rectangle table configuration.
  • 14 ergonomic modern chairs

Hourly Rates

  • Stakeholder: $25
  • Nonprofit Rate: $50
  • Partner Rate: $55
  • Non-stakeholder Rate: $75

Training Rooms​

  • Capacity: 50 – 85
  • Time: 2-Hour Min
  • 1250 sq ft
  • State of The Art Audio Visual capabilities with a large 20×10 permanent stage.
  • 5x – 86” LG NANOCELL OLED Television Monitors.
  • Crystal Clear Audio Speaker System
  • Symphony Sound Distributing Eco-System.
  • Epson 8000kII Projector.
  • 15’ Projection Screen.
  • 85 – Ergonomic Stylish Rolling Chairs
  • 25 – 5’ Classroom Style Versatile Tables.
  • Modern Acrylic Podium.
  • Wireless, and Lavalier Microphones.
  • Large adjacent kitchen with refrigerator and sink.

Hourly Rates

  • Stakeholder Rate: $100
  • Nonprofit Rate: $200
  • Partner Rate: $225
  • Non-stakeholder Rate: $250
  • 50 Classrooms, 100 Auditorium
  • Time: 2-Hour Min
  • 2 – 86” Microsoft Hubs, Wireless Microphones w/ Dynamic Sound Portable Speakers, and white board.

Hourly Rates

  • Stakeholder: $75
  • Nonprofit Rate: $125
  • Partner Rate: $150
  • Non-stakeholder Rate: $200

Collaboration Spaces

  • Capacity: 30
  • Time: 2-Hour Min
  • 86” LG screen
  • HDMI compatible integration.
  • 8 Modern large leather chairs.
  • 2 Tree Tunk coffee tables.
  • Cloth Love Seat with two chairs and coffee table.
  • Electronic sleek fireplace.
  • Coffee maker.
  • Mini fridge.
  • Lots of counter space.
  • Large adjacent kitchen with refrigerators and sink.

Hourly Rates

  • Stakeholder: $50
  • Nonprofit Rate: $100
  • Partner Rate: $125
  • Non-stakeholder Rate: $150
  • Capacity: 20 – 50
  • Time: 2-Hour Min
  • 245 sqft
  • Large Glass walls.
  • Projector and Screen.
  • 50 grey ergonomic chairs

Hourly Rates

  • Stakeholder: $50
  • Nonprofit Rate: $100
  • Partner Rate: $120
  • Non-stakeholder Rate: $125
  • Capacity: 4
  • Time: 2-Hour Min
  • 55” LG screen
  • Dynamic zoom sound bar
  • HDMI integrated screen sharing
  • Ring light w/ stand

Hourly Rates

  • Stakeholder: $15
  • Nonprofit Rate: $25
  • Partner Rate: $25
  • Non-stakeholder Rate: $25
  • Capacity:
  • Time: 2-Hour Min
  • 190 sq ft
  • Square Table with 4 Ergonomic Studio Chairs and 2 Modern Leather Studio Chairs.
  • 21” iMac with Wireless Keyboard and Wireless Mouse.
  • Logic pro Audio Workstation (DAW).
  • RØDECaster Pro 4 Channel Podcast Production Studio.
  • 4x – XXL BCD – 1 Broadcast Dynamic Microphone w/ Pop Filters.
  • 4x – Boom Arm Stands.

Hourly Rates

  • Stakeholder: $
  • Nonprofit Rate: $
  • Partner Rate: $
  • Non-stakeholder Rate: $
  • Capacity: 2
  • Time: 2-Hour Min
  • Please contact RICE Events Team for availability.

Hourly Rates

  • Stakeholder: $25
  • Nonprofit Rate: $50
  • Partner Rate: $75
  • Non-stakeholder Rate: $75

Add-On Services

  • High Top Table – $35 each.
  • Dedicated Day of Tech – $250.
  • 86” Microsoft Hub – $75.
  • Wireless Microphone and Speakers – $150.
  • PowerPoint Clicker – $20.
  • Copy Service – TBD.
  • Day of Admin Assistant – TBD.
  • Event Security – TBD.
  • Parking Attendant – TBD.


It is RICE policy for groups to consider Black-Owned caterers and vendors when planning their meeting or events at the center. Please enquire about our preferred list.

Rules and Responsibilities

  • Each room is equipped with tables and chairs for the optimal number of users.
  • Non-mission oriented, partisan political activities, private parties, or sectarian religious activities are prohibited at RICE.
  • Loud noises or music, burning of candles, incense, or smoking are strictly prohibited in the premises.
  • All equipment brought into the meeting spaces such as food, beverages, and disposables must be removed by Leese prior to exiting the rented space.
  • Leese will incur damage and cleaning fees for damaged equipment, chairs, tables, or stained carpet caused by solids or liquids during rental.
  • All RICE rentals must be reserved, scheduled, and paid for at least 14 days in advance.
  • We recommend staffing at least 2 people to help direct your attendees within the RICE building. It is ideal to have them assist your attendees at the main entrance and near the elevator on the third floor.
  1. Rental must include sufficient time needed for practice, setup, and cleanup. Time for setup and takedown must be included in the rental time.
  2. Half hour or portions of an hour count as an hour.
  3. Renters must clear the room of all belongings, equipment, and people at the end of their booked time. An hour is scheduled between back-to-back meetings or events to allow for clean-up and set-up for the next group.
  4. Please confirm with Events Manager or Assistant if more time is needed prior to day of meeting or event.
  5. Leese’s shall only use the premises and grounds for the purposes declared and shall not assign any interest to any other person(s) or party without first obtaining the written consent of RICE.
  1. All rooms are rented “as is.” Furniture should remain in the room. Leese’s are responsible for setting up, cleaning, and returning any additional furniture brought into the room.
  2. Do not use tape, post it’s, or tacks on walls.
  3. No installed equipment shall be tampered with, moved, or removed from room without consent from INEX or RICE Staff.
  1. Space is reserved when a rental agreement has been signed and advanced payment has been made.
  2. Payments can made through an online link or in the form of a check payable to RICE. A $35.00 fee will be charged for all returned checks. Receipts are available to Leese if requested.
  1. Notice of cancellation must be given in writing at least 48 hours in advance of the date reserved.
  2. Room reservation fees are not refundable.
  3. Cancellations will be refunded if completed within 48 hours of event. Please allow two weeks for refund processing.
  1. Parking is complimentary from 7am to 7pm. Large program participants should be encouraged to use alternative transportation means to reach RICE such as carpooling. Inform your group members of alternative means of transportation. Call MARTA for bus scheduling and routing information.
  2. Parking space in the RICE parking lot is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Program participants should respect the on-street parking that is used by neighborhood residents.
  1. A parent, guardian, or adult coordinator must always supervise children in the building or on the premises.
  2. No Smoking anywhere on the premises or burning of candles, incense, or other materials.
  3. Alcohol consumption is prohibited on the property, unless agreed upon by Management for your event and must be consumed in the appropriate space.
  4. RICE is not responsible for items lost or stolen from the center’s premises and grounds. Check with the reception and security staff on duty regarding lost and found items.
  5. Leese’s are responsible for compliance with all rules and regulations governing use of the Center, and assumes liability for all damages to the building, equipment, or grounds, and agrees to clean up the premises after each use and leave the premises in good order and repair.
  6. RICE shall not be responsible for injury or damage to persons or property occurring during or arising out of occupancy and use of the building or grounds. Leese must agree to hold RICE harmless from liability on account of any injury or damage arising out of such use.
  7. To maintain building security and public safety, Leese’s must agree to follow the directions of RICE security personnel.
RICE takes numerous precautions to promote a safe environment for our employees, stakeholders, partners, and guests. These precautions include the following:
  • Requirement that all guests wear masks, observe social distancing guidelines and comply with other safety rules and regulations. Safety signs are posted throughout RICE’s facilities.
  • 2-hour cleaning rotations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sanitation stations throughout the building and antibacterial soap in each bathroom.
  • Building treatment with long-acting disinfectant spray.
  • No-contact thermometers to monitor temperatures.
  • Waivers for all stakeholders and guests to sign upon arrival. These waivers are kept at the front desk and at the stakeholder desk on the third floor.
During Covid restrictions: The maximum capacity for each meeting space is adjusted to satisfy the safety guidelines of 6 feet apart for social distancing as required by Fulton County , the CDC, and the City of Atlanta.
  • Symposium: 40 people max
  • The Lab: 25 people max
  • Zone 4: 60 people max
  • Chase Lounge: 25 people max
  • Chase Boardroom:8 people max
  • Boardroom: 8 people max
  • Think Tank: 10 people max
  • U.S. Bank Elavon: 10
  • Photo Studio: 2 people max
  • Podcast room:4 people max
  • Zoom Room: 4 people max

Terri-Nichelle Bradley

Terri-Nichelle Bradley is the Founder and CEO of Play at Brown Toy Box. Bradley believes that Black children should see themselves positively represented in every space the experience regularly, starting with their toybox and the toy aisle. Bradley, an equity in play advocate, is on a mission to disrupt the $27B toy industry by creating a brand that reflects the world we live in today. Launched in 2017 as a STEAM kit, Brown Toy Box evolved into a full-scale educational toy company producing and curating STEAM toys, media, and experiences for centering and celebrating Black children in a manner all children can enjoy, learn, and have fun. Prior to starting Brown Toy Box, Bradley led a communications consultancy working with Fortune 500 companies in campaigns designed to connect with the African American community. Prior to that, Bradley served as the VP of Corporate, Crisis, and Public Affairs for the world’s largest global PR agency. Bradley has been awarded the Civic Impact Award, was recognized as a 2019 Atlanta’s Top 100 Businesswomen of Influence by the Atlanta Business League, acknowledged on the 2020 Who’s Who in Black Atlanta list of influential leaders and most recently named to Inc. Magazine’s 2020 Female Founders 100 list. Brown Toy Box is sold in Target stores nationwide, with Amazon, over 30 museums including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, as well as other independent specialty toy stores and retailers. Learn more at

Stefan Miller

Stefan Miller is the Co-Founder and CMO for Young King Hair Care, which launched in December 2019. Young King Hair Care is a multicultural grooming and lifestyle brand company with tailored offerings catering to specific needs of young men of color. Stefan is a marketing professional with 15+ years of experience across marketing, sales and consulting in the CPG and tech industries. At Young King, Stefan has been featured in over 75+ national publications, was recognized by Mintel as one of the top US brand innovations of 2021, partnered with Disney and Marvel Studios for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and was a participant on Season 13 of ABC’s Shark Tank. Currently Young King Hair Care is available in multiple retail partners, including Target, Walmart, and CVS, selling in over 3,000 stores across the US. Prior to founding Young King Hair Care, he led business strategy and marketing communications, while launching innovations across multiple billion-dollar brands and categories at IBM, Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, Coca-Cola, and Red Bull. Stefan L. Miller Bio Stefan holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with concentrations in Brand Marketing, Media Management and Management in Organizations, and is a proud HBCU alum of Morehouse College with a BA in Business Administration. He currently lives with his wife and co-founder Cora and 2 kids, Kade and Cree in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more at

Ceata E. Lash

Ceata E. Lash, CEO and founder of PuffCuff has emerged as a pioneering figure in the natural hair accessory industry, holding the distinction of being the first African-American woman to secure four US patents in this domain. Her journey to entrepreneurship was built upon a 30-year career as a graphic designer, which laid the foundation for launching PuffCuff in 2013. Ceata’s innovative leadership has earned her prestigious accolades, including the President’s Innovation Award from Sally Beauty and the New Voices + Barefoot Wine Beauty Business Grant. These achievements have placed her among the top female founders featured in Inc. Magazine. Committed to lifelong learning and growth, Ceata has completed the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses National Cohort and was part of the inaugural Amazon Black Business Accelerator Cohort. Her recent completion of the “Building a Successful Diverse Business” program at Tuck Executive Education, Dartmouth, further underscores her dedication to continuous improvement and leadership in the business world. Learn more at