Brad Burke

Executive Director, Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers; Managing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University

Brad is responsible for leading the internationally recognized Rice Alliance in its mission to support entrepreneurship education, technology commercialization, and the launch of early stage technology companies from Rice and in the Houston and Texas region. The Rice Alliance is Rice University’s flagship entrepreneurship initiative launched in 2000.Since inception, more than 2,950 tech startups have participated in Rice Alliance programs and have raised more than $21.3 billion in funding since inception.

Under his watch, the Rice Business entrepreneurship program has achieved the ranking of the #1 best graduate U.S. entrepreneurship program in the U.S. for three consecutive years in 2020, 2021, and 2022, by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

The Rice Alliance hosts the Rice Business Plan Competition, the largest and richest student startup competition in the world, offering more than $1.5 million in prizes each year. The competition has served as the launchpad for more than 265 successful start-ups that have raised more than $4.6 billion in funding.

Brad joined the Rice Alliance from the technology startup Viant that went public via IPO in 1999. Prior to Viant, Brad spent 15 years in ExxonMobil’s executive management program. He received his MBA from Northwestern (Kellogg), and B.S. in business and computer science from Vanderbilt (magna cum laude).