OwlSpark | Rice University Startup Accelerator | Leadership
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Our people.

Jessica Fleenor

Managing Director

Jessica plans and executes strategic initiatives focused on events, programming, and visibility within Rice and the Houston communities. Dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and grow their businesses, Jessica co-founded Startup Career Fair, and Medulla, a branding and design agency providing tailored solutions to startups, nonprofits, and small businesses. With a background in nonprofit management and entrepreneurship, she brings experience in communications, graphic design and program management. Jessica serves as the Managing Director of OwlSpark, Assistant Director for Programs at the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and is a nationally-certified Teaching Assistant for the NSF I-Corps program.

Cheyenna Mitchell

Assistant Managing Director

Cheyenna supports Rice Alliance programs including student initiatives Ignite, IdeaLaunch, OwlSpark, The Qualifier, and the Rice Business Plan Competition. She also assists with Rice Alliance community-focused entrepreneurial efforts. Prior to joining the Rice Alliance, Cheyenna worked in Business Services for Rec Sports and in athletics/event management at Texas A&M University and the City of College Station. She graduated with a B.S. in Sport Management with a minor in Business from Texas A&M University.