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Monday, November 7


Houston Startup Resources Comprehensive
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you new to Houston, new to the Houston startup ecosystem, or just want a refresh on all of the wonderful startup resources in town? Join RED Labs founder and Rice University lecturer, Hesam Panahi, for a rundown of Houston's startup resources and how to get engaged! 

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Hesam Panahi

Lecturer, Rice University
Hesam is a faculty member at Rice University's Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie). Prior to Rice, he founded RED Labs, the University of Houston's startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship program. Hesam also organizes... Read More →


LAUNCH & LEARN: Startups: Through the eyes of an accelerator (with OwlSpark & RED Labs!)
Limited Capacity seats available

New to this whole "startup" thing? Join the local university accelerators, RED Labs (University of Houston) and OwlSpark (Rice University), for this crash course in what it means to start up and a quick rundown on how to get started! 

11:30am - Doors open, networking + lunch*
12:00pm - Event begins
1:00pm - Wrap up, open for networking
1:30pm - Close, turn room to next event

NOTE: This event is BYOBB (Bring Your Own Brown Bag)! Please feel free to bring a lunch to this event.

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Alex de la Fuente

Asst. Managing Director, RED Labs
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Kelly McCormick

Managing Director, University of Houston's RED Labs
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Kerri Smith

Mentor, Station Houston
Kerri is the Managing Director of Rice University's startup accelerator, OwlSpark, and develops strategies and programs that help maximize the success of tech-enabled startups. She serves as a Station Houston Mentor and provides leadership, oversight, and strategic direction for commercialization... Read More →


What Startup Founders Need to Know about SEO
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

What you’re in for is a practical exploration of why SEO is critical to startups and founders and how your success or failure as a new venture (every new venture) is very dependant on Search. 

Not the usual how to SEO but how search engines can make the difference between your getting funded or not.  Our goal: helping everyone realize that SEO isn’t something you can do, and perhaps should, to acquire customers, but that it’s something that your startup must live, breath, and how.

Worth your time? Paul spoke with over 200 founders the last time this talk was held.  Search matters - here's what matters to founders.

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Paul O'Brien

Founder, MediaTech Ventures
Marketer, author, entrepreneur, father, blogger, and general socializer. Founder of MediaTech Ventures and growth hacker of startups.


Texas Unites! Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio - all in one room!
Limited Capacity seats available

How often do you get to see Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio's startup scenes all represented in the same room?! Join us for a dynamic conversation about the Texas startup ecosystem from both micro and macro perspectives. Texas Unite!

PRO TIP: Join the "Texas Startups" Facebook group.

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Angela Shah

Writer/Editor, Angela Shah Media
As the founding Texas editor for Xconomy, I write about innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in energy, life sciences, medical and technology startups that reflect the booming edge of the state's economy, one of the US's biggest. Even with such a large portfolio, I provide detailed... Read More →

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Luis Escobar

Managment Intern, VenturePoint Everywhere, Inc.
Luis Escobar created VenturePoint seeing the need for mobile business executives to find a refuge from Starbucks and other public places. With multiple locations in San Antonio, TX and more than 300 members, VenturePoint takes remnant office space and converts it into fully profitable... Read More →
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Blair Garrou

Managing Director, Mercury Fund
Venture Capitalist
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Chirag Gupta

CEO, NoD Coworking
Chirag is the co-captain of the Dallas Startup Week Gaming Track this year. He is the Founder of NoD Coworking and runs the Code Collective meetup group in Dallas. He has served on the boards of the Texas Freelance Association and the Northwestern University Alumni Club of DFW. He... Read More →
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Paul O'Brien

Founder, MediaTech Ventures
Marketer, author, entrepreneur, father, blogger, and general socializer. Founder of MediaTech Ventures and growth hacker of startups.

Wednesday, November 9


Selling & Marketing to the Oil and Gas Industry for Start-ups & Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn from Mark LaCour and Jake Corley what it takes to successfully market and sell your product or service to the global Oil and Gas industry. This industry is different than other verticals, and introducing something new is almost impossible. Unless you know the secrets. This will be a hands-on and executable session to speed up you entry into the market, keeping you from making the common mistakes, and build your confidence. 


Mark LaCour

Director of modalpoint

Thursday, November 10


O&G Entrepreneurs Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

We'll be doing a small roundtable with O&G entrepreneurs. The goal of this roundtable will be to create a dialogue among those actively working on their startups/businesses. In order to promote interaction and create a productive conversation we will keep this group small.

Friday, November 11


The Patent Chart: Should your tech company file for a patent?
Limited Capacity seats available

As you figure out your go to market strategy, protecting your ideas is important. We’ve developed a simple chart to help entrepreneurs determine whether or not they should file for a patent. Join Dr. Eric Leininger, registered patent agent and CEO of PatentDive, for a fun and fast info sessions on patents and startups. Funded by the National Science Foundation, PatentDive buildspatent builds software for patent education and rapid patent drafting.

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Mitchell Klein

Co-Founder, PatentDive


Growth Hacking: Navigating the Digital Marketing Landscape
Limited Capacity seats available

SEO, PPC, Ads, social media -- let's sit down with digital marketing expert, Radyar Shirvanloo, to learn best practices and tricks of the trade. Join us for this roundtable to discuss strategies and techniques to grabbing your target market's attention in the digital world. 

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Co-Founder, Entrepreneur, Investor, Webranx Marketing & Strategies
Radyar is an innovative entrepreneur with a passion for technology and marketing. He is a visionary leader who oversees the strategic growth, progression, product roadmap, and investments of the companies he is managing. His proficiency in the marketing and advertising industry coupled... Read More →