2014, What's Happening at the Houston Technology Center
Houston is buzzing with excitement and energy. Companies are growing, the city is expanding, and technology is changing. Now is the time to be in Houston and at the Houston Technology Center (HTC). Over the course of the year we have expanded partnerships, launched new initiatives and welcomed new clients into our program.
We want to fill you in on what the Houston Technology Center has been up to over the past 6 months.
New Clients: Our number one priority is to accelerate the growth of technology companies in the Houston area. These companies give us our energy and drive us to push further. Our portfolio of companies continues to diversify and grow. In 2014, we have added 3 new clients to the Houston Technology Center. Integrated Bionics is a Life Sciences Company featured in this month’s Client Spotlight; Dynamic Tubular System is an Energy Company; and Typo Bounty is an IT Company. More information on these technologies: “Improving through Technology, HTC Welcomes three more clients”
New Team Members: With the addition of new clients and the growth of our organization, we have also added team members to better our organization’s ability to serve both our clients and the startup community. In May Nick Tillman joined HTC in the role of Director of Acceleration- Energy. In June, Ruben Derderian joined as the Director of Acceleration, and in July Rachel Aspan became Director of Acceleration-IT.
3rd Ignition Class: We accelerated 8 early stage Houston Technology companies through a ten-week immersion program to prepare tech startups for growth and funding. With our largest class of Ignition yet, these companies spanned many different industries and had an opportunity to present in front of over 100 attendees at our June Tech Champs with Jamey Rootes.
Global Growth: In the most diverse city in the US which is seeing constant growth, the decision to further expand HTC’s reach outside of the US borders comes at an opportune time. In July HTC announced a global partnership to assist in commercializing energy related technologies. This initiative is the first step in efforts to expand our reach by creating the groHouston program. In addition we have seen great success and continued efforts through our relationship with Sid Vinyard and HTC Asia.
Largest Gala, honoring Raymond Plank: Our eleventh annual "A Celebration of Entrepreneurs” brought together not only leaders of the Houston business community, but leaders in innovation within the Aerospace, Energy, Information Technology, Life Sciences and Nanotechnology sectors. Read more: “Celebrating the leaders, builders and founders...”
Funding Opportunity for Houston Early Stage Technology Companies: Since 2010 the Goradia Innovation Prize has distributed over $500,000 in prize money to emerging technology companies. In the spring we began accepting applications for the 5th Goradia Innovation Prize. Winners will be announced during the Innovation Conference and Showcase in October.
Read More about the prize: “Goradia Innovation Prize Applications Open: Houston area emerging technologies to win $150,000”
New Look for the HTC Newsletter: In February, we redesigned and restructured the HTC Email newsletter in hopes to better provide you with the information and data you are interested in. However, we want your feedback! Please take this quick 3 question survey to tell us how we are doing! Click Here
You can read all of the newsletters here: houstontech.org/newsletter
Thank you for all of your support and commitment to the Houston Technology Center. As we look back on what 2014 has produced, we remain eager for future growth and innovation from both the Houston Technology Center and our portfolio of emerging technology companies!