RICE Helps Entrepreneurs

Business Generator, Accelerator, Innovation Lab. RICE is an economic mobility engine for the community: driving entrepreneurs and small business owners to innovate, grow, create jobs and build wealth. We house over 50,000 sq. ft. of convening, meeting and innovation space in a LEED Silver Certified building, brought to life by a robust offering of educational, networking, mentoring and capital resources. Part business generator, innovation lab and museum, RICE invests in Black entrepreneurs, strengthens businesses and creates community.


The RICE curriculum is powered by its collaborative co-design model called Big IDEAS. It helps each entrepreneur chart their course, from a starting curiosity about entrepreneurship to cuilding a thriving, scalable business. This transformation helps bridge the wealth gap for the Black community.

Existing Entrepreneurs
+ Big Ideas Learning Platform
+ Business Valuation and Health
+ Market Research Resources
+ Income and Cash Flow Projections
+ Marketing Assistance
+ Website Design and Improvement
+ Social Media Marketing

For New Entrepreneurs
+ The ABC’s of Entrepreneurship
+ Human Resource Planning
+ The Entrepreneurial Mind Workshop
+ Business Plan Assistance
+ Business Continuity Planning
+ Record Keeping Systems Data Mgmt


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Big IDEAS is more than a curriculum. It is a person-centered approach designed with entrepreneurs’ needs in mind. The Big IDEAS curriculum was created by business leaders around the country to help them develop an action plan for creating sustainable businesses. Step by step, the Inspire, Develop, Execute, Accelerate, and Scale stages teach vital concepts. As they participate in this series, entrepreneurs learn to create a business model, develop a problem statement, evaluate customer clarity, assess the profitability of their offerings, promote team engagement, leverage key partnerships, optimize the supply chain, and more!


Our entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone. At RICE, they find teachers and mentors who have experienced the entrepreneurial journey first hand and inspire them to believe in themselves, dig deep into the coursework, and imagine the impossible.

Leveling up the Entrepreneur
+ Strength Finders Assessment
+ Leadership Development Training
+ Business Mentor Network
+ Big Ideas Learning Platform
+ Online Certificates
+ Micro-Masters Program


Too many Black-owned businesses are systematically cut off from the capital they need. Not here. Through our relationships with banks, venture capital funds, angel investors, and community development financial institutions we can help you break through the single biggest barrier to Black entrepreneurship.

Providing Capital Access
+ JP Morgan Chase
+ Regions BankUS Bank
+ Truist Foundation
+ Bank of America
+ Wells Fargo Foundation
+ Many More!


We’re not going to let the little things become big barriers. Through affordable memberships subsidized by our funders, our members have access to office and meeting space, high-speed internet, a full copy/ printshop, and even a company address and mailbox if they need one.

RICE provides Co-Working Opportunities
+ Affordable Working Spaces
+ Full Copy/ Print Shop
+ Scalable Meeting Space
+ Mailboxes and Address
+ Rest and Lounge Areas
+ Kitchen Access


Business is often about who you know,more than what you know. At RICE,entrepreneurs access relationships and resources they wouldn’t be able to get on their own. This accelerates their growth potential and networking to discover opportunities and new directions. Being in one space allows individuals to collaborate and work together, up lifting one another. In addition, RICE has partnered with an extensive network of organizations to foster growth for all of our members

RICE Partners
with Educators and Businesses
+ Georgia Tech
+ Georgia State University
+ Morehouse University
+ Clark Atlanta University
+ Emory University
+ Atlanta Regional Commission