Houston Business Journal | New McNair fund to give big boost to HTC clients

The McNair Group, owned by Houston Texans owner Robert McNair, announced on Dec. 5 the creation of a new fund to invest thousands of dollars in clients of theHouston Technology Center.

The McNair Houston Ignition Fund has a $1 million annual commitment to offer emerging technology companies a $25,000 investment each upon their acceptance as a client of the HTC.

"Houston Technology Center has a proven record of commercializing breakthrough technologies in medicine and life sciences, energy, information technology, nanotechnology and materials, and aerospace," Scott Schwinger, president and CEO of The McNair Group, said in a statement. "These companies benefit society, create good jobs, and further diversify the thriving Houston economy. We are delighted to provide this investment to give these entrepreneurial companies a fast start in our community."

During a Dec. 5 ceremony, Schwinger presented a $25,000 check for the fund's inaugural investment to Stéphane Smith, co-founder and CEO of Integrated Bionics and a Houston Technology Center 2014 Client Company Graduate.

Houston Business Journal profiled Smith and his brother, Yves, among the city's entrepreneurs to watch.


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