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The Greater Houston Partnership hosted Houston House at SXSW, a two-day enablement program led by innovation leaders and startup founders, March 13-14. With over 630 attendees over the two days of programming, Houston House presented a diverse set of panels on venture capital funding, just energy transition, commercial aerospace and more! If you haven’t had the chance to attend our panels, here’s a look at the conversations surrounding progress happening in Houston. Click to enlarge Day 1: Sunday, March 13 Funding the Next Generation of Diverse Founders Felix Chevalier., Co-Founder, Urban Capital Network Denise Hamilton, Work Futurist and CEO, WatchHerWork Jesse Martinez, Investment Partner/Venture Partner, Resolved/ VamosVentures Houston Kicking off House on March 13 offered space for startups and tech to converge. The big question for startup founders is often “where to start?” The answer is funding. The panel discussed how founders can overcome challenges when it comes to securing funding. “For founders, you have to pack your bags and hang out, like SXSW. Take a walk down the street, see free shows, or stand in the hotel lobby. The opportunity is there to meet people who whatever your goal.” “Félix Chevalier, co-founder of Urban Capital Network “I am a solo founder and I remember meeting several technical co-founders, but I was told because “you are a black woman , you can never raise money.” – Denise Hamilton, Work Futurist and CEO of WatchHerWork Despite the setbacks, the COVID-19 Pandemic has put start-ups back on track. geographical boundaries. I may be in Miami, Silicon Valley, but I choose Houston for its boundless resources and talent.” “Jesse Martinez, Investment Partner, Resolved Ventures & Venture Partner, Vamos Ventures Game Changers: The Rise of Sports Tech David Gow, CEO, Gow Media & S portsMap Tech Acquisition Corp. Chris Buckner, CEO, Mainline Lori Burgess, COO, Beasley Esports Ashley DeWalt, Managing Director, DivInc wearable technology. The panel discussed the growth of college investment in esports by Houston-based universities like the University of St. Thomas and the University of Houston. Historically, strong young players with elite teams skipped college and went straight to pro. “Over the next 3-5 years, schools will dive into esports to attract these top students and match the full rides football players receive.” “Lori Burgess, COO, Beasley Esports” Houston is a hotbed of entrepreneurial innovation. We have the opportunity to create a VC sports technology company that will follow all the steps to capture and engage a sports technology capital center. « « David Gow, CEO, Gow Media The age of commercial space has arrived Dr. Douglas Terrier, Associate Director of Vision and Strategy, NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration R. Matt Ondler, CTO, Axiom Space Tim Crain, CTO, Intuitive Machines Arturo Machuca, Director, Ellington Airport and Houston Spaceport (Houston Airport System) With Houston With Spaceport expansion and upgrades, Houston will be the first large metropolitan area in the United States to create an environment accessible to private companies wishing to use a spaceport. The mission is to create a focal point for aerospace innovation with a set of aerospace companies that will lead the United States to transition from government space programs to commercial space programs. “When I think of Spaceport Houston and think of the summer of 2015 when we got our license, fast forward a few years and now we’re building the biggest space station – I can just begin to imagine what Houston will be bringing to the table in the next 5 years Douglas Terrier, Associate Director of Vision and Strategy at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Medtech Transforming Healthcare Industry Joanna Nathan, Director, New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Center for Device Innovation James Reinstein, President and CEO, Saranas Inc. Kevin Coker, President and CEO, Proxima Clinical Research, Inc. Home to the world’s largest medical city, Houston is at the forefront of advancing life sciences. Innovation drives collaborations with medicine and cutting-edge technology by harnessing corporate resources to develop life-saving solutions will make a huge difference and costs will decrease in the coming years as medical device technology continues to advance. 3D Systems is looking to manufacture the first human organ in Downtown East Houston, so how can it get any more exciting than that? » Accelerating Innovation in Biotechnology Jason Bock, Vice President, Biologics Development, MD Anderson Cancer Center Michael Curran, Associate Professor/Founder, MD Anderson Cancer Center/ImmunoGenesis, Inc. Larry Hope, New Ventures and Business Development, MD Anderson Cancer Center The MD Anderson Cancer Center panel discussed next-generation cell engineering for tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) programs. Home to the largest comprehensive cancer center in the United States, based in Houston, MD Anderson has extensive expertise in developing and manufacturing innovative cell therapies, including groundbreaking work with TILs and laying the right foundations for advances in biotechnology. “I am convinced that TILs are poised to have a significant impact in the field of cancer treatment, and the design of improved TILs is a critical component to advancing this modality.” “Jason Bock, Vice President, Biologics Development, MD Anderson Cancer Center Click to expand Houston House panelists. Left to right: Hossam Elbadawy, Grace Chan, Shawn Cumberland, Vidisha Prasad Day 2: Monday, March 14 Funding for the global energy transition Hossam Elbadawy, Managing Director and Technology Partner, SCF Partners Shawn Cumberland, Managing Partner, EnCap Energy Transition Grace Chan, Investment Partner, bp Ventures Vidisha Prasad, Managing Partner, Adya Partners Venture capital experts launched the second Houston House day Climate change and Energy 2.0 have become top priorities for companies focusing on the hydrogen space Panel experts examined how private and commercial investors are continuously looking for opportunities in technologies “Houston has excellent resources, including talent, infrastructure, resources and money, putting Houston at the forefront of the energy transition.” Course, Venture Principal, Shell Ventures Dale W., Managing Director, Halliburton Labs Michael W., Senior Investment Manager, Equinor Ventures Dawn James , Director, Global Industry Strategy – Energy & Sustainability, Microsoft The panel explored the collaboration needed to succeed in the energy transition and expressed consensus that building businesses with the agility of startups is essential. “It’s true that it will take everyone, it’s the ultimate group project.” —Dawn James, Director of Global Industry Strategy – Energy & Sustainability at Microsoft “Particularly in Houston, companies have the experience, talent, expertise, relationships, and facilities that will be important in bringing energy technologies to market. future. —Dale Winger, Managing Director, Halliburton Labs Tech Powering the Global Energy Transition Trevor Best, CEO, Syzygy Plasmonics Moji Karimi, CEO, Cemvita Factory Inc. Federico Marques, Founder and CEO, Moonflower Farms Jane Stricker, Senior Vice President of Energy Transition and Executive Director of HETI, Greater Houston Partnership With the continued emergence of energy transition companies in Houston, startups are tackling climate change Comprised of the founders of some of the most promising tech startups, the panel has discussed their contribution to accelerating the global energy transition. “In Houston, we’ve launched The Ion, Halliburton Labs, Greentown Labs, a pretty broad range of incubators creating an ecosystem of innovation in the last two years alone that enable this green energy transition. A tech VC climate change and you’re not watching Houston, Texas, then you’re about to miss out because things are happening in Houston.” “Trevor Best, CEO of Syzygy Plasmonics “If I want Houston to be a center for bio-manufacturing , which I think it could be, the city has done a lot to show the vision and the willingness to empower a new generation for businesses to grow.” —Moji Karimi, CEO, CemvitaFactory Just Energy Transition John Hall, President and CEO, HARC | Houston Center for Advanced Research Dana Harmon, Executive Advisor, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute Jane Stricker, Senior Vice President of Energy Transition and Director Executive Director HETI, Greater Houston Partnership The roundtable allowed for an open dialogue about the disparity in economic and human health outcomes related to climate change. “Climate change has disproportionately affected low-to-moderate income communities the most, so how do we address inequalities? To remain the national energy leader, Texas must leverage its abundant renewable energy resources and lead the development and manufacturing of technologies that reduce and eliminate climate and health pollution emitted by commercial fossil fuels. , industry and vehicles. € —John Hall, CEO, HARC | Houston Advanced Research Center “In some of our recent data, what we’ve seen is that people will basically be measuring their energy use in Texas in July, August, September, and we have evidence of exacerbated effects by heat on health caused by energy insecurity so not being able to find cooling stations and things like that There are significant health implications associated with energy consumption so we have to think holistically.” “Dana Harmon, Executive Advisor, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute The entire Houston House at SXSW program will soon be available on demand.

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