Published Feb 06, 2019 by Clint Pasche
One of the world’s leading business accelerators, MassChallenge, has announced it is opening a new office in Downtown Houston. Landing a recognized program like MassChallenge is viewed by many as a coup for Houston as the city’s innovation ecosystem continues to build momentum.
The announcement is one of a series of wins for the region including new details emerging on Rice University’s new innovation district dubbed The Ion, the $25 million first closing of the HX Venture Fund of funds, the announcement of TMC3, the Texas Medical Center’s translational research campus, and several others.
MassChallenge Texas’ office will be located in Houston’s Innovation Corridor in the GreenStreet development and is expected to support up to 25 early-stage startups through a zero-equity, six-week bootcamp in the summer of 2019.
Several highlights from the announcement:
The program includes a unique range of intensive in-person training, mentoring, community connectivity, and virtual classes – all at zero cost and for zero equity. The program is tailored for startups that have raised no more than $500,000 in equity-based funding and generated less than $1 million in revenue in the last 12 months.
MassChallenge Texas, which launched in Austin in 2018, is the second domestic and seventh international location in the MassChallenge’s network. With the support of corporate partners, innovation leaders and local government, MassChallenge Texas accelerated 84 companies that have raised more than $30M in funding, generated $20M in revenue, and created 524 jobs. In its inaugural year, the Texas-based accelerator awarded $500,000 in equity free cash to top startups from their program. By expanding to Houston, MassChallenge Texas is continuing its commitment to strengthening and growing the innovation ecosystem across the Lone Star State, working to make Texas the best place in the world to innovate.”
MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators headquartered in Boston. The Houston location joins with Austin and Rhode Island as the only domestic outposts for the organization, along with international offices in Israel, Mexico, and Switzerland.
The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami and the Netherlands Business Support Office in Houston, in close collaboration with the Greater Houston Partnership, cordially invite you to the virtual roundtableÂ "Houston and the Netherlands: Opportunities in Carbon Capture and Storage."Â The Netherlands and Houston are energy hubs at the forefront of the energy transition and have the potential to become future hubs for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The Netherlands is developing major projects to store CO2 in empty gas fields beneath the North Sea while similar plans are being conceptualized for the Houston port area. As, Houston and the Netherlands continue to collaborate in different areas of innovation, this program will serve as an exchange of experiences and best practices between key players that can help define business opportunities and inspire the commercialization of smart solutions. Panelists:Â Vanessa Chan, Chief Commercialization Officer & Director of the Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy Juliana Garaizar,Â Head of Houston Incubator, Vice President of Innovation, Greentown Labs Moji Karimi, Co-Founder and CEO, Cemvita FactoryÂ Joelle Rekers, Program Lead CCS, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate PolicyÂ Lee Stockwell,Â General Manager - United States Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage, Shell Energy Resources Company Ed Graham, Vice President, Ventures, ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solution Moderator: Jose Beceiro, Sr. Director, Energy 2.0, Greater Houston Partnership
Join the Greater Houston Partnership for the third annual State of the Houston Region virtual event. The event will feature a panel of County Judges and business leaders in a virtual setting for a conversation centered around efficient government, emergency preparedness and coordination and plans for the future. Confirmed Panelists Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta Fort Bend County Judge KP GeorgeÂ Walker County Judge Danny Pierce Waller County Judge Trey Duhon Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath
The Houston DiverseCity Summit will inspire action to advance equity and inclusion in the greater Houston region. The Summit offers content for companies and organizations of all sizes with a focus on best practices, peer connection, and first-rate resources to help you mature your diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies. We will bring you the topics you most want to explore: trust and transparency, aligning ERGs to business priorities, inclusive talent recruitment and retention, supplier diversity, and more. The Partnership is honored to welcome keynote speaker, Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal to this year's DiverseCity Summit. Under Danâs leadership, PayPal has been named as one of the top companies on JUST Capital and Forbesâ JUST 100 list, featuring âcompanies doing right by Americaâ. PayPal has also been recognized as a Fortune Change the World company for its work to tackle the biggest challenges facing society today. In addition to leading the e-commerce titan, Schulman has received high recognition for his commitment to social change and passion for equality, justice and basic human rights.Â Â Featured this year is the presentation of our regionâs first Equity & Inclusion Assessment and an interactive session to hear your reactions and suggestions for potential regional actions.Â Â The Partnership has reimagined the traditional corporate luncheon and conference with hybrid viewership both in real-time and on-demand, to meet every schedule from anywhere.Â We hope you will join us for DiverseCity Summit 2021! Summit Agenda Tuesday, October 26 (In-Person*)Â | Hilton Americas Hotel |Â 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Â Wednesday, October 27 (Virtual Sessions)Â | 9:00Â - 4:00 p.m.Â Check back regularly for conference details, session descriptions and speaker announcements.Â Â Health and Safety Notice* The Greater Houston Partnership looks forward to welcoming our members and the business community at large back to in-person events. As we return to gathering in person, we are committed to keeping you informed on our protocols to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.Â TheÂ Partnership now requires all in-person event attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to attending an event. We will also continue our policy of requiring attendees and staff to wear face masks at all meetings and events, except while eating or drinking.Â The Partnership continues to encourage Houstonians to get vaccinated and follow health and safety guidance to reduce the continued transmission of COVID-19 in our community. We will notify our members when these guidelines are modified.