Linked by light-rail, bike lanes, and sidewalks, Houston’s four-mile-long Innovation Corridor offers easy access to key industry and institutional players and an unparalleled array of amenities. Anchored on the south by the world's largest medical complex, the Texas Medical Center along with top-ranked Rice University, the Corridor runs north along Houston's light-rail line through the 700-acre Hermann Park, and Museum District. It continues past the eclectic Montrose neighborhood and through Midtown, home to a millennial-friendly mix of housing, dining and recreational options. The Corridor reaches its northern limit in Downtown, the nexus of corporate headquarters, financial institutions and professional service firms, and a wide variety of cultural and recreational amenities. The Innovation Corridor is the center of an extraordinarily powerful social and economic convergence.
In April 2018, Rice University announced plans to develop a new hub for the innovation district in Midtown. Housed on a 9.4-acre site anchored by a former Sears building, the hub will bring the area's entrepreneurial, corporate and academic communities together. A number of groups including the nonprofit Houston Exponential will take up residence in the development once it's complete.
The goal of Houston Exponential is to foster an improved environment for startup activity in Houston and the infrastructure of the Innovation Corridor is a big step toward realizing that goal. The group Startup Genome recently cited Houston as one of the world’s most connected cities for startup activity and a city to watch for innovation in life sciences, artificial intelligence and more.
Home to many of Houston’s most prominent companies, Downtown is also one of the country’s most dynamic mixed-use urban centers with an incredible fusion of historic and contemporary infrastructure, convenient transit options, convention and sports venues, an active cultural and arts scene, fine dining and shopping, and thriving residential communities in both mid-rise and high-rise settings.
The Midtown District is a dense, walkable residential neighborhood in the very heart of Houston. Midtown features countless restaurants, wine bars and beer gardens with a millennial focused mix of housing options all centered around the light-rail and the new Midtown Park.
The Montrose neighborhood features an eclectic mix of tree-covered bungalows and coffee shops with a counter-culture vibe that surprises some outsiders, but is one that is uniquely Houston.
The Houston Museum District is one of the largest in the country, with 19 world-class museums set within blocks of each other, including fine arts, modern art, natural science and the renowned Menil Collection.
Home to 58 premier clinical, research and education institutions, the world’s largest medical center features biotech business accelerators, including the Texas Medical Center's TMCx and Johnson & Johnson's JLABS, which provide networks to advance the development of technology companies and hasten commercialization.
Houston’s Innovation Corridor is also home to two of Houston’s most exciting hubs for tech startups and innovation: Station Houston and Houston Exponential. Station Houston and Houston Exponential. Station Houston hosts 262-member companies and Houston Exponential is the hub and catalyst for a growing community of startup ventures.
Houston's METRORail Red Line runs the length of the Innovation Corridor and links HQ2 to Downtown, Midtown, the Museum District, Rice University, and the Texas Medical Center. It also connects to METRO's Green and Purple Lines, which extend to the University of Houston and the historic East End.
Ranked as one of the country's top national universities, Rice’s graduate school includes the highly-ranked Jones School of Business and the George. R. Brown School of Engineering.
A premier Tier One public university with more than 43,000 students, UH is one of the most diverse in the country and is home to Energy Research Park, a 70-acre complex dedicated to innovation and industry partnerships.
Nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus in Houston's historic Third Ward, Texas Southern University is one of the nation's largest historically black universities.
HCC's Central Campus is one of 14 "Centers of Excellence," recognized for preparing students for their careers. HCC proactively partners with area employers to develop curricula and programs that match future hiring needs.
The Theater District includes premier theater venues: Alley Theatre, Jones Hall and Wortham Theater Center, all sitting within a block from one another with the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts located nearby.
Located close to George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center, BBVA Compass Stadium is the home for the Houston MLS Dynamo and Dash. The 22,000-seat stadium, which opened in late spring 2012, is the first Major League Soccer stadium located in a city's Downtown district.
The 750,000 S. F. Toyota Center is a premier live entertainment venue and home to the NBA's Houston Rockets. The arena has a variety of venue rental options, including the arena floor, suites, Red and White Wine Bistro, the Lexus Lounge, entry pavilion and more.
Stretching from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive, the 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park is one of the country's great urban green spaces.
Located in a diverse and vibrant urban environment, the campus is just minutes from downtown and the Texas Medical Center. The University of St. Thomas has been recognized as one of the region’s best university for more than 20 consecutive years.
In 2000, Minute Maid Park became a part of the downtown Houston skyline as the home to the MLB’s Houston Astros. The park seats more than 40,000 fans and has a retractable roof.