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Monday, November 7
 

3:00pm

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.

Moderators
avatar for Angela Shah

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Luis Escobar

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 →
avatar for Blair Garrou

Blair Garrou

Managing Director, Mercury Fund
Venture Capitalist
avatar for Chirag Gupta

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 →
avatar for Paul O'Brien

Paul O'Brien

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


 
Tuesday, November 8
 

8:30am

Smart Policies for Smart Cities
Limited Capacity seats available

Inspired by this panel at Austin Startup Week, we're talking to local experts in the field of policy and best practices for civic innovation in the Houston area, including: 
  • Geoff Carleton, Principal, Traffic Engineers, Inc.
  • Steven David, Political Consultant, and Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, City of Houston
  • Kelsey Walker, Staff Researcher, Urban Development, Transportation and Placemaking, Kinder Institute 

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Reichman

Jeff Reichman

January Advisors
Jeff Reichman is the founder of January Advisors, a data science consulting firm that works with governments and non-profits. He has led projects that analyzed and visualized data in criminal justice, environmental advocacy, affordable housing, early childhood education, voting rights... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Rigdon

Sarah Rigdon

Sarah helps organize Houston's community of civic technologists, Sketch City. She works at the intersection of tech and communications.


Tuesday November 8, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Station Houston 1301 Fannin St, Suite 2440, Houston, TX 77002

1:30pm

Education entrepreneurs manufacturing the future workforce of Houston and beyond
Meet entrepreneurs with teaching and school administration experience, and lets discuss ideas and questions impacting the education system in Houston and beyond. 

Moderators
Speakers
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Shiroy Aspandiar

Co-Founder, One Jump
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Lanny Bose

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Kaleigh Colombero

Build Excellent Schools


 
Wednesday, November 9
 

11:30am

LAUNCH & LEARN: Cracking the Code for Women Led Startups in Houston (lunch provided)
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyone's experience is different, but how different is it for women in the startup game? Ladies and gentlemen alike are welcome to join us in this raw discussion about the intricacies around gender and entrepreneurship. 

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: Lunch will be graciously sponsored by Amegy Bank.

Moderators
avatar for Denise Hamilton

Denise Hamilton

CEO, WatchHerWork
Denise Hamilton is CEO and Founder of WatchHerWork, a digital learning platform leveraging the expertise and experience of hundreds of successful women executives, entrepreneurs and thought leaders to provide women the mentorship they need when they need it. Denise brings 25 years... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Rigdon

Sarah Rigdon

Sarah helps organize Houston's community of civic technologists, Sketch City. She works at the intersection of tech and communications.
avatar for Courtney Wyckoff

Courtney Wyckoff

CEO, Founder, MommaStrong
Grit and humor are my secret weapons. Being uncompromisingly committed to my mission is my fuel. And failure is my teacher. I love what I do and am willing to expose any part of the journey that might help you stay the course on yours. You'll probably - DEFINITELY - have as much... Read More →


Wednesday November 9, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
Station Houston 1301 Fannin St, Suite 2440, Houston, TX 77002

1:30pm

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. 

Speakers
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Mark LaCour

Director of modalpoint


 
Thursday, November 10
 

9:00am

FOUNDER AS A SECOND CAREER
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for a panel discussion regarding changing careers to found a startup.  What makes a big idea into a company?  We will hear from new and serial entrepreneurs who have moved from traditional careers to start new ventures.

Moderators
avatar for Katie Sunstrom

Katie Sunstrom

recently made the leap from giving legal counsel to business and entrepreneur clients in the areas of Intellectual Property, transactions, litigation, and general business strategies, to a position in-house with Door Space Inc. as co-founder to Sarah M. Worthy in the position of General... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonti Bolles

Jonti Bolles

White Hat Ops, White Hat Ops
A recovering Architecture professor with a past as a bootstrap product manager, SEO nerd, operations manager and now company owner. I own White Hat Ops, a Houston agency providing sustainable online marketing and advertising services. I have an unrepentant passion for working with... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Talley

Patrick Talley

Founder, Swaha (FREE APP)
Patrick Talley is the Founder of HeraTrack a wearable device for people with dementia. He is also creator and Founder of 3 apps; (1) EasyPhone (makes smartphones easier for people with cognitive challenges) (2) Swaha and (3) stories etc., Board of Directors of Peach Outreach (Uterine... Read More →


11:30am

LAUNCH & LEARN: How to Successfully Crowdfund
Limited Capacity seats available

How to strategize, prepare, launch, and close a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign from those with experience! From $100k to $1.1MM raised - where are they now?

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. 

Moderators
avatar for Abel Acuña

Abel Acuña

Director of Marketing, MacroFab, Inc.
Abel is the Director of Marketing at MacroFab, an electronics manufacturing platform for startups, Kickstarters, and hardware teams. Previously, Abel served as a Kickstarter campaign consultant, raising $570,000 for the Foldio360 and $160,000 for the LoonCup. Prior to his time in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Austin

Brandon Austin

Founder and CEO, GoFish Cam
Brandon Austin is the CEO & Co-Founder of GoFish Cam, Inc. GoFish Cam makes an underwater camera that sits on your fishing line and works with a mobile application. The company designed a unique platform to allow users to learn from their captured experiences and also leverage... Read More →
avatar for Thomas P. Nguyen

Thomas P. Nguyen

Partner and Chief Marketing Officer, Peli Peli Restaurant Group
Thomas is a partner and Chief Marketing Officer for the Peli Peli Restaurant Group, with two locations in Houston, Texas. Currently Peli Peli is ranked in the Top 5 in Houston on both Tripadvisor and Yelp.In 2015, Thomas was named as one of Houston Business Journal's 40 Under 40 for... Read More →
avatar for Jaime Raijman

Jaime Raijman

Chief Design Officer, Knocki
Jaime heads the design team at Knocki - a fast-growing Houston startup that is disrupting the smart home space. Jaime was deeply involved in Knocki’s record shattering Kickstarter campaign - helping them raise $1.1M and become the most funded Texas technology company in Kickstarter... Read More →


3:00pm

How to B-Corp
Limited Capacity filling up

You've heard of C-Corps and S-Corps, but what's a B-Corp? What kinds of companies qualify? Come chat with Houston's ONLY TWO B-CORPS about why it's important and how to become one!

From the official B Corp website:

"B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency."



Moderators
avatar for Natasha Azizi

Natasha Azizi

Co-Founder, Impact Hub Houston
Impact HUB

Speakers
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Adam Smith

Chief Utility Officer, The Black Sheep Agency


3:00pm

How to Talk to the Press: From the Reporters Themselves
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Xconomy's Texas Editor and Houston Business Journal's Technology & Beer reporter for a casual conversation about what it takes to get their attention, what they're looking for, and best practices around working with media. 

Speakers
avatar for Joe Martin

Joe Martin

Money, Tech and Law reporter, Houston Business Journal
I am the Money, Technology and Law reporter reporter at the @HouBizJournal. GChat: martinjoe91@gmail.com
avatar for Angela Shah

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 →


4:00pm

Show Me The Money!
Limited Capacity seats available

Sometimes it takes money to make money.

But what does it take to get that money? And where can you get it from?

We're sitting down with 4 different funders to discuss different ways to raise capital and what you need to have down before going after it. Let's learn from the angel, the VC, crowdfunding platforms (debt & equity).



Moderators
avatar for Brad Burke

Brad Burke

Managing Director, Rice Alliance
Brad Burke is the Managing Director of the Rice Alliance. Most recently, he founded and managed the local office of Viant Corporation, a premier internet consulting firm, delivering internet strategy, creative design, and web technology implementation. Viant went public through an... Read More →

Speakers
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Kemal Anbarci

Chevron Technology Ventures
Mr. Kemal Anbarci is a Managing Executive at Chevron Technology Ventures L.L.C. Mr. Anbarci has been with Chevron for over 22 years. He has held a variety of upstream responsibilities in field development, reservoir engineering, corporate and strategic planning, non-operated joint... Read More →
avatar for Blair Garrou

Blair Garrou

Managing Director, Mercury Fund
Venture Capitalist
avatar for Keith Kreuer

Keith Kreuer

Keith Kreuer has over 30 years of experience in starting and building innovative, customer-oriented information technology companies. As a Principal with RedHouse Associates, Keith specializes in early stage angel investments and currently sits on the Board of Directors and advisory... Read More →
avatar for Youngro Lee

Youngro Lee

Cofounder & CEO, NextSeed
Prior to helping local small businesses and ordinary people achieve their dreams through NextSeed, Youngro spent 8 years as a private equity funds lawyer in New York, Moscow, Shanghai and Hong Kong, helping his clients raise over $25 billion in aggregate for investment purposes... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Rafols

Ryan Rafols

Founder & CEO, Newchip
Ryan Ràfols is the founder and CEO of Newchip, a FinTech startup reinventing the financial landscape to bring exciting investment opportunities in emerging companies to small investors, new investors and millennials. With military leadership experience, Ryan was honored for his... Read More →


 
Friday, November 11
 

10:00am

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. 

Speakers
avatar for Radyar

Radyar

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 →


11:30am

LAUNCH & LEARN: Consumer Packaged Goods
Limited Capacity filling up

This event is BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag! 

Have you ever wondered how food products make their way to the shelves of grocery stores and in the hands of consumers around the world? What makes a great product? What do you have to do to get your product to market? What's it like growing a CPG company in Houston? 

Join us in this conversation about resources and best practices, and let's explore the world of consumer packaged goods! 

Panelists:

• Tallent Ricca, CEO of b pop

• Wendy Nunnelley, Interim Head of Strategy & Planning Assignment for The Coca-Cola Company: Japan Business Unit; CPG lead for Houston Angel Network 

• Missy Hunter, Brand Marketing Manager, Simply 7

Agenda:

11:30am - Doors open, networking, lunch
12:00pm - Discussion begins
1:00pm - Wrap up discussion, open for networking and CPG showcase! (1-2pm)

 


Moderators
avatar for Josephine Tran

Josephine Tran

Activist & Community Organizer, Houston Startup Community
sustainability - entrepreneurship - happiness

Speakers
avatar for Missy Hunter

Missy Hunter

Brand Marketing Manager, Simply 7 Snacks
Missy Hunter is the Brand Marketing Manager for Simply 7 Snacks, a Houston-based manufacturer of simply delicious snacks made from simple ingredients like kale, quinoa, chickpeas and organic veggies.
avatar for Wendy Nunnelley

Wendy Nunnelley

Vice President, Strategy, The Coca-Cola Company
Fact-based consumer goods and services leader with experience in the US and abroad in up to US$8B businesses. Drives short-term and long-term growth with strategic, holistic, connect-the-dots thinking. Deep experience in business unit & commercial strategy development and revenue... Read More →
avatar for Tallent Ricca

Tallent Ricca

Owner, RICCA Co.
CEO of b pop [bpopbetterpop.com]


11:30am

LAUNCH & LEARN: Startup Law 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Incorporating, partnerships, trademarks, copyrights, liabilities, intellectual property, etc...

Community mentor, UH Law Professor, and Tech Law expert DC Toedt walks us through Startup Law 101. Don't miss this information-packed session for the first-time entrepreneur. 

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.

Speakers

1:30pm

Starting Up in the Beverage Industry
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever wondered how that cold brew (beer or coffee) made its way into your thirsty hands?

Let's talk beans & hops. From sourcing to production to marketing and more, we're going to serve up a big tall glass of what it means to start up in the beverage industry.

Speakers
avatar for Kaitlin O'Brien

Kaitlin O'Brien

Co-founder, Ecommerce/Design, XELA Coffee Roasters
Specialty coffee roasting, design, and lifestyle products all in one: XELA Coffee Roasters. Always representing & supporting Houston for life.


3:00pm

Exploring The Food Tech World
Limited Capacity seats available

If you're interested in food tech, don't miss this discussion about how to start up in the food tech industry, things you wouldn't think about before getting elbow-deep in the metaphoric potato salad of food tech, and the challenging and rewarding aspects of the industry. 

3-3:30 - Open doors/Networking
3:30-4:30 - Panel
4:30-5:00 - Food Tech Networking

Moderators
avatar for Zach Casler

Zach Casler

Founder & CEO, Dindr
Passionate about food, people, and technology. I love to cook, dine out, ride bicycles and travel. I'm always up for discussing what's new in mobile.

Speakers
avatar for Door Dash

Door Dash

General Manager, DoorDash
DoorDash powers on-demand, local delivery for any business. We empower local economies by helping small businesses grow, give underemployed people meaningful, flexible work, and offer an affordable delivery service to consumers. As General Manager in Houston, Ben is the CEO and leader... Read More →
avatar for Dadbeh Shirvanloo

Dadbeh Shirvanloo

Dadbeh is a marketing and tech professional that has Co-founded Mince, an industry focused platform for all restaurant, bar and hotel technologies, connecting various applications, devices and data.
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Kevin Valdez

Kevin is the COO at GroupRaise.com. Groupraise.com is host to a vibrant community of charitable groups, schools, non-profit organizations, colleges, sports teams, and many more local community groups eager to connect with local restaurants all across the US. GroupRaise.com today is... Read More →


 
Saturday, November 12
 

5:00pm

Tech & Tunes Block Party

Join us and let's celebrate a successful week of entrepreneurship! The event begins with a panel of recent OwlSpark and RED Labs founders talking about their experiences with Houston's university accelerator followed by a showcase featuring a dozen awesome Houston startups.

Held right outside of Valhalla, one of Rice's on-campus bars, we'll have live music, food, and maybe even a mechanical bull!



Saturday November 12, 2016 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Rice University Humanities 117 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005