CEO’s Corner -Walter Ulrich, President & CEO, Houston Technology Center

Welcome to the very first edition of our newly revamped monthly newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with the latest information from the Houston Technology Center and the Houston tech community. HTC proudly and gratefully serves as the hub for Texas Gulf Coast region’s resources for building and supporting emerging technology companies. Expect this newsletter to come to you at the end of each month to fill you in on great opportunities to accelerate your business, ways to get more involved in the houston tech startup community, and learn a little bit about what HTC is doing.

Emerging technology

HTC’s work with entrepreneurs and startup companies provides them with in-depth guidance.

I love being at the Houston Technology Center because it combines that little geek that is way deep down inside me with the joy that I find in translating technology into commercial success, business success, new companies and good jobs.

The Houston Technology Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is the largest technology business incubator and accelerator in Texas, advancing the commercialization of emerging technology companies in Greater Houston.  Each day, the staff and partners of the Houston Technology Center work closely with entrepreneurs and startup companies providing them with in-depth strategic and tactical business guidance, fundraising advice and connecting them to opportunities, allies and capital.

Promoting ‘tech city’

As a catalyst for change, economic growth and development, HTC’s focus is to assist in the acceleration and commercialization of emerging technology companies. HTC also promotes Houston as a leading technology city and serves as a hub for the local technology business community.

Supported by more than 300 of Houston’s leading corporations and academic institutions, as well as the Greater Houston Partnership, Texas Medical Center, NASA-Johnson Space Center and the City of Houston, HTC has become the region’s center of technology entrepreneurship by assisting companies within several key sectors: energy, information technology, life sciences, nanotechnology and NASA/aerospace related technologies.

There is no end in the application of new technologies to solve the world’s problems, whether it is clean energy, whether it is remediating the atmosphere and the water, whether it is working with national defense and terrorist issues, the technologies that we see every day are applicable. And we are not talking about generations; we are talking about years.

In 13 years of operation, HTC has provided feedback to more than 1,000 companies and coached more than 250 companies, helping them raise $1.5 billion in capital and liquidity events, and creating nearly 5,000 jobs.

Character counts

It is a privilege for me to have the opportunity to work with the entrepreneurs who are making these kinds of changes for our community, for our state and for the world.  They are supported not only by the Houston Technology Center, and my colleagues, but they are also supported by volunteers — hundreds of volunteers — sponsors and board members who work hard, have integrity, persistence and a positive outlook on life.  These are the characteristics that we look for in all the entrepreneurs that we work with.

Come make technology work for you

This article is an excerpt reprinted with permission by Smart Business.

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