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About Houston Technology Center

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Publication: 2013-11-26

Source: http://houstontech.org/about-houston-technology-center/

Submitter:

Name:Owen Ambur

Email:Owen.Ambur@verizon.net

Organization:

Name:Houston Technology Center

Acronym:HTC

Description:
Named by Forbes' as one of "Ten Technology Incubators Changing the World," and as one of "Twelve Business Incubators Changing the World," the Houston Technology Center is the largest technology business incubator and accelerator in Texas, advancing the commercialization of emerging technology companies in the greater Houston area... As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, HTC assists Houston-based entrepreneurs within several key sectors: energy, information technology, life sciences, nanotechnology, and NASA/aerospace.

Stakeholder(s):

  • Houston-Based Entrepreneurs

  • Energy Sector

  • Information Technology Sector

  • Life Sciences Sector

  • Nanotechnology Sector

  • NASA/Aerospace Sector

  • Houston Technology Center Leadership

  • Walter UlrichPresident and CEO -- Appointed by Governor Rick Perry, Walter Ulrich served a two year term as one of 17 founding members of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund Committee that was responsible for awarding $200 million to foster the commercialization of innovative emerging technology within the State of Texas. In addition to his leadership of the HTC, he now serves as Chairman of the Gulf Coast Center for Innovation and Commercialization. Prior to joining the Houston Technology Center, he was CEO of several technology companies and an executive with two major global management consulting firms. He serves on several Boards and is active in major community organizations. Early in his career, he was responsible for the development of the first successful email service and he founded a major regional IT leader. He has a master and bachelors degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and served proudly in the US Marine Corps.

  • Paul M. FrisonExecutive Vice Chairman -- Founder of the Houston Technology Center, Paul Frison served as its President from 1999-2007. He has been President and/or CEO of three public, technology based companies: LifeMark (1975-1984), NYSE; ComputerCraft (1984-1999), NASDAQ; and LifeCell (1986-1999). He has been involved in numerous other start-ups by serving on the Board of Directors. His broad experience includes many mergers and acquisitions. He has raised multiple rounds of venture capital, two IPOs, and more than a dozen follow-on rounds of public financing. In 2004 he was honored by the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program and by the Kauffman Foundation as a national finalist for his achievements as Supporter of Entrepreneurship. In March 2011 Paul was awarded BusinessMaker of the Year by The BusinessMakers Radio Show.

  • Maryanne MaldonadoVice President and Managing Director, Energy Acceleration -- Ms. Maldonado is corporate Vice President of the Houston Technology Center and serves as the Director of Acceleration for the energy sector. She provides strategic and tactical management, as well as investment-related advice to Houston-area early stage companies developing innovative technologies applied in the energy industry. Ms. Maldonado assists in recruiting and screening new energy clients, further growing the renewable energy/clean tech area and direct special energy-related projects at HTC. Prior to joining HTC, Ms. Maldonado presided as Head of Trade and Investment and Head of the International Energy Team for UK Trade and Investment, based in Houston. Prior to working with the United Kingdom, Ms. Maldonado served as Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Consulate-Houston, following several operational and regulatory positions with oil and gas companies. A native of North Carolina, Ms. Maldonado holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelors of Business Management from LeTourneau University in Longview City, Texas.

  • John W. "Jack" SimVice President, Finance and Administration -- Jack serves as the Vice President, Finance and Administration for Houston Technology Center and has been active with entrepreneurial start-up companies for over twenty-five years. Jack is the HTC's CFO and handles the company's HR functions and contract management, while serving as the HTC's Corporate Secretary. Among Jack's accomplishments was being named the Houston Business Journal's 2010 Celebrate!Enterprise "Best CFO of The Year" in the Small Nonprofit category. Prior to joining HTC, he helped found and served as Vice President of several environmental and chemical technology companies. Jack was a principal in NECO Technologies, Inc., which patented a novel CO2 removal technology that resulted in the world's finest CO2 facility, which removes 350 tons of CO2 per day, from the exhaust gases of a fully qualified 300 MW cogeneration power facility. Earlier in his career, he served 12 years as Vice President of Operations for a worldwide chemical distributor. In addition, he helped found his wife's successful retail florist operation. Jack is originally from Chicago, where he received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from St. Xavier University. He is active in his community and has served on the boards of several community and business associations.

  • Tim BudzikManaging Director, JSC Campus, Houston Technology Center -- Mr. Budzik serves as the Managing Director for the Houston Technology Center - JSC Campus. He is responsible for leadership of HTC's presence at JSC including client incubation and acceleration; client recruitment and screening processes. Mr. Budzik provides mentoring to local incubation and client companies, helping to accelerate their progress towards key commercialization goals and financial success. Prior to joining HTC, he was an executive consultant providing business leadership in energy, defense, IT, cyber and aerospace industries. Prior to executive consulting, Mr. Budzik was the Director of Business Development for EADS-NA, Sr. BD Manager at USA, Director of Capture and Proposal Consulting with Shipley Associates, Director of Strategic Investments with Dynegy and over 10 years of Sr. Engineering positions at JSC as a contractor. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and an Executive Education certificate from Rice University.

  • Bob ProchnowCIO, Houston Technology Center; Director, Gulf Coast RCIC and Bay Area RCIC, Texas Emerging Technology Fund -- Bob Prochnow has served as an executive in energy and IT technology companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500. In 2001, he was honored by COMPUTERWORLD as one of their Premier 100 IT Leaders. Bob is an honors graduate with BSEE and MEE degrees from Rice University, specializing in computer hardware and software. Bob has been active helping early stage companies, working with the Austin Technology Incubator, Houston Technology Center, and the Rice Alliance, and as the Director of the Gulf Coast RCIC has helped early stage companies receive funding through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. Bob also serves as the Director of the Bay Area RCIC providing assistance to the NASA/JSC and surrounding community.

  • Houston Technology Center Executive Staff

  • Antoine ArbuckleDirector, Marketing and Communications -- Antoine oversees all of HTC's marketing and communications efforts including public relations, communication to prospective sponsors and clients, development and execution of effective strategic and tactical plans for external and internal communication and developing collateral material such as brochures, fact sheets and articles. Antoine has deep marketing experience in pharmaceuticals, medical capital equipment, IT software development and energy, which are areas most closely aligned to Houston's and HTC's most important industries. His main focus is to advance HTC's brand as the Entrepreneurial Capital and Houston's increasing reputation as a global technology hub. He is a graduate of Rice University.

  • Susanne BurkeholderDirector, Office of Development -- Susanne serves as the Director, Office of Development, and supports HTC's fund-raising activities to generate key sponsor support to meet HTC's mission and vision. Susanne Burkeholder has 20 plus years of strategic and organizational planning, project management, economic and business plan development experience in for-profit and non-profit arenas. Susanne was brought in as the Consulting Executive Director responsible for the overall operations, fundraising and strategic planning reporting to Board of Directors. Susanne successfully restored broken funding relationship and directed a debt reduction program to reduce debt from $1 million to $450,000. Susanne has spent most of her life volunteering in many different capacities including: Steering Committee Chair for a $17 Million capital campaign; Silent Auction director; Information Technology, and many more. She grew up in the oil and cotton fields of West Texas with a commitment to Texas and deep understanding of the synergy among industries that operate in Texas. Susanne has a BBA from the University of Iowa and an MBA specializing in marketing from Texas Tech University with Phi Kappa Phi honors.

  • Jane Lea HicksDirector, Client Incubation -- Jane Lea works with the HTC-JSC program where she directs client incubation and acceleration; client recruitment and screening processes. She provides guidance to local incubation and client companies, helping them with strategic planning to accelerate corporate growth and development. Her expertise is in the transitioning of developing groundbreaking technologies into a viable commercial products and successfully introducing new products to the marketplace. As a business development consultant since 1999, Jane Lea has provided strategic guidance to multiple local start-up companies including Chrysalis BioTechnology, and NovoSci. She served as president of Medgraft Microtech, a dermal filler company from 2002 to 2004 and more recently served as President of Digital Media Marketing Group, an internet marketing company and Vice President Business Development for MTM Innovative Solutions a Kentucky-based medical device company. From 1986 to 1999, Jane Lea was Vice President Business Development and Strategic Planning with LifeCell Corporation, one of the early technology spin-outs from the University Of Texas Health Sciences Center. Jane Lea received her BA from University of North Carolina, Greensboro and completed advanced post-graduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

  • Deborah MansfieldDirector, Life Sciences Acceleration and Associate Director, Gulf Coast RCIC -- Ms. Mansfield serves as the Director of Acceleration for the life sciences sector, providing strategic and tactical management, as well as investment-related advice to Houston-area early stage companies developing innovative technologies applied in the life sciences industry. Ms. Mansfield has an extensive background in business development, management, non-equity funding, entrepreneurship, compliance, and research in the life sciences sector. She has provided operations support to the Governor's Council on Science and Biotechnology Development and currently acts as associate director for the Gulf Coast Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization, Texas Emerging Technology Fund. Prior to joining HTC, Deborah served in a number of management and research roles at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She is an active advisory board member for ACCION Texas, Lone Star College-Montgomery Biotechnology Institute, University of Houston Biotechnology Industrial Advisory Committee, Nurtured by Design, Laser Tissue Welding, Inc., Fairway Medical Technologies, Inc. and Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship, as well as, is in leadership roles for the Bio/Medical Technology Club of Houston and Gulf Coast Medical Device Manufactures. Ms. Mansfield holds a Masters of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University, MS from Pennsylvania State University, and BS from California State University of Pennsylvania.

  • Robert ThomasDirector, Information Technology Acceleration -- Robert Thomas is an innovative business strategist who has improved organizational performance, increased profits, and held down cost for over 20 years in the financial services, technology and human resource outsourcing business sectors. He has served in senior executive roles as President and CEO, Senior Division Executive, and Vice President and General Manager for leading domestic and global organizations. Throughout his career, Robert has led corporate transformations developing world-class sales, customer service, and business strategy / development and operations divisions. He has also served in key roles for global turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions

  • Houston Technology Center International Program Chairs, Entrepreneurs and Executives in Residence

  • Phil FraherHTC Asia Chairman -- Phil has over 20 years of leadership experience within business intelligence, data delivery, and business-to-business (B2B) software companies. As Chief Financial Officer, Phil manages the day-to-day financial and accounting operations for FuelQuest as well as leverages his extensive background to guide the company through key growth opportunities. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Visual Numerics, Inc.; performed as COO and CFO of Brightmail, Inc.; and held other financial management positions at Cahners Business Information Electronic Media Division, Pilot Software, and Dun & Bradstreet. Phil has extensive venture capital, M&A, and international business expansion experience. He began his career as a software engineer with Exxon Production Research. Phil holds an MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester and a BS in Computing Engineering at Auburn University.

  • Carlos LaraHTC Americas Chairman -- Mr. Lara is the President of Lara & Associates LLC, a financial and business development advisory firm that provides corporate strategies, advocacy and project facilitation, and outsourcing solutions related to Human Resources and Technology/ Software development matters. In addition he is a principal in several independent business ventures, ranging from the electricity to healthcare issues. Mr. Lara has successfully created and managed public and private projects at national and bilateral levels for grass roots and investment promotion related campaigns, internet initiatives and web portals, sports franchises, mass Hispanic retail and electricity markets, corporate and public finance activities and international funds transfer business; along with nonprofit initiatives such as the Mexican Council for Hispanic Business, the NAFTA Internship Program of the Washington Center and the HTC Americas. Mr. Lara was born in Mexico City, where he obtained a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Business Administration and International Management (MBA-MIM) from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), while having the opportunity to teach international marketing and finance.

  • James B. Seaton IIIExecutive in Residence -- As a chief executive, leader of executive staffs and senior advisor to leaders of global organizations, Jim Seaton acquired extensive experience in corporate governance and reorganization, influencing the future direction of organizations (to include turning them around), building teams/capabilities, and focusing organizations on achieving their strategic objectives. Over the course of a Marine Corps career, Colonel Jim Seaton was Camp Pendleton Base Commander, strategic policy advisor at the White House and senior advisor to General David Petraeus. When Jim commanded the Marine Corps' major west coast installation, Camp Pendleton was recognized for innovative management as 1 of only 5 Defense Department model installations (of more than 750 worldwide). Since transitioning from the Marine Corps in 2012, Jim studied energy management at ESCP Europe Business School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an associate at the Research Centre for Energy Management at ESCP Europe Business School in London.

  • Bryan McQuaryEntrepreneur in Residence -- Mr. Bryan McQuary has a unique mix of entrepreneurial and corporate experience in the energy industry. As the founder and President of a clean-tech startup that won a highly coveted applied research grant, he has the business acumen required to identify, evaluate, create, and manage new business opportunities. He is also passionate about helping others succeed in their own ventures, given the challenges required to be successful. Prior to his startup, he worked as a senior financial analyst in Treasury and Corporate Finance at a "Fortune 500" company, with an emphasis on treasury workstation utilization, corporate FX and interest rate hedging, and off-balance sheet asset securitization. Mr. McQuary's educational background includes a M.S., in Technology Commercialization and a BBA in Finance, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Janella YoumansExecutive on Loan -- Ms. Youmans will provide strategic and tactical guidance for developing companies in aerospace, transportation, and distribution industries. She assists in connecting clients with experienced professionals from the field and assisting in the acceleration of early stage companies. Ms. Youmans joins the Houston Technology Center as a loaned executive from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Johnson Space Center. She has vast experience in the human space program, working in both the private and government sectors. Most recently, she served in a management role in the International Space Station Program Office. Ms. Youmans earned her Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University and a Master of Arts in Behavioral Sciences as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston - Clear Lake.

  • Houston Technology Center Staff

  • Diane AskinsAccounting Coordinator

  • Evelyn BoatmanAdministrative Services Manager - JSC Campus

  • Roslynn FitchMarketing Coordinator -- Roslynn previously worked as the Communications Coordinator for Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M, responsible for promoting the programs, events and reputation of CNVE as well as events like the 600 attendee Aggie 100, Ideas Challenge, New Venture Challenge, and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.

  • Christian ParkerClient Acceleration Coordinator

  • Ruby RamirezReceptionist/Administrative Assistant

  • Cheri RochaAdministrative Services Manager and Executive Assistant to Walter Ulrich, President & CEO

  • Steve SmithFacilities Manager

  • Kendra TruebaProperty Manager and Leasing Agent

  • Charlene WiedAdministrative Assistant

  • HTC Board of Directors

  • Richard E. WilliamsChairman (HTC) -- President, Shell WindEnergy Inc.

  • Walter UlrichPresident & CEO, Houston Technology Center

  • Paul M. FrisonExecutive Vice Chairman, Houston Technology Center

  • Paul K. SiegeleVice Chairman -- President, Energy Technology Company, Chevron Corporation

  • J. Downey BridgwaterImmediate Past Chair -- President-Houston Market, Comerica Bank

  • Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr.CEO & Managing Director, Vesalius Ventures

  • Donald E. NigborPresident, Nigbor Interests

  • Lane SloanPresident, Sloan Consulting Services, Inc.

  • Randall L. WalkerCEO of Houston Region, Bank of Texas

  • Umesh VermaPresident & CEO, BLUE LANCE, Inc., Director & Advisory Board Chair

  • Wade AdamsDirector, Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University

  • Lynne B. BentsenPrincipal, Lynne Bentsen, LLC

  • Krista BournePresident, Houston/Gulf Coast Region, Verizon Wireless

  • J. William BoyarChairman, BoyarMiller

  • Gale E. BurkettPresident & CEO, GB Tech, Inc.

  • David Callender, M.D.President, The University of Texas Medical Branch

  • Byron CantrallVice President, Comcast Business Services

  • T. Jay CollinsDirector of the Board, Oceaneering International, Inc.

  • Dr. Ronald A. DePinhoPresident, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Douglas J. ErwinChairman & Principal, RedHouse Associates

  • Charles H. FlournoyVice Chairman, John L. Wortham & Son, L.P.

  • Blair GarrouManaging Director, Mercury Fund

  • Harry Gee Jr.Principal, Law Office of Harry Gee Jr. & Associates

  • Vijay GoradiaFounder & Chairman, Vinmar International, Ltd.

  • George GreaniasFormer President & CEO, Metro

  • Antonio "Tony" GrijalvaCo-founder & CEO, G&A Partners

  • R. Brian HansonPresident and CEO, ION Geophysical

  • Terrence HillDivision Manager - Senior Vice President, Chase Middle Market Banking - Houston Region

  • John D. HofmeisterFounder & CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy

  • Michael HolthousePresident, Holthouse Interests

  • John KennedyFormer President & CEO, Wilson - A Schlumberger Company

  • Dr. Renu KhatorChancellor, University of Houston System; President, University of Houston

  • Dr. Paul KlotmanPresident & CEO, Baylor College of Medicine

  • David J. LeePresident, CEO & Co-Founder, Nano3D Biosciences, Inc.; Principal, Covelo Group, LLC

  • David W. LeebronPresident, Rice University

  • Sherman Lewis, IIIPrincipal, The Lewis Group

  • Martin Lindenberg, M.D.Partner, Newport Board Group

  • President, Texas A&M University

  • Jim "Mack" McIngvaleOwner, Gallery Furniture

  • Dr. Ellen OchoaDirector NASA Space Center, ex-officio

  • Robert L. Parker, Jr.Executive Chairman, Parker Drilling Company

  • Robert P. PeeblerConsultant, ION Geophysical Corporation

  • Thomas R. "Tom" PowersPresident, Tom and Pat Powers Foundation

  • John RaganExecutive Vice President & President, Texas Region, NRG Energy, Inc.

  • Dr. Robert C. RobbinsPresident & CEO, Texas Medical Center

  • Richard M. ScruggsPartner, Winston Sage Partners; President & CEO Salient Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • Scott SchwingerPresident & CEO, McNair Group; CFO, Houston Texans

  • Jeffery J. SheldonGeneral Partner, CitareTx Investment Partners, LP; Chairman & CEO, Houston Medical Robotics, Inc.

  • Tadd TellepsenPresident, Tellepsen Corporation

  • Gio TomasiniCEO, Tomasini-W2K

  • Massey VillarrealPresident & CEO, Precision Task Group

  • John D. WhitePartner, Murphree Venture Partners

  • James T. Willerson, M.D.President & Medical Director, Texas Heart Institute

  • DHTC Directors Emeritus

  • Lloyd M. Bentsen IIIChairman, Houston Christian Foundation

  • Rod CanionChairman, Questia Media, Inc.; Founder, Compaq Computer Corp.

  • M. Robert DusslerFormer Chairman & CEO, Palmetto Partners Ltd.

  • HTC Advisory Board

  • Umesh VermaChairman (HTC) -- President & CEO, BLUE LANCE, Inc.

  • Tom GrosVice Chair, President NRG Solutions

  • Bill ArendRegional Manager, Oracle Corporation

  • John BeddowPublisher, Houston Business Journal

  • Alan BickerstaffPartner, Andrews Kurth LLP

  • Brad BurkeManaging Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

  • Laura CapperFounder & CEO, CAP Resources

  • Todd ChenShareholder; Chair, Winstead PC

  • Lee CookCEO, Phonoscope Communications, Inc.

  • James Eloi DoylePartner, Doyle Restrepo Harvin & Robbins LLP

  • Jim DumlerSenior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development, CenterPoint Energy

  • Darryl K. DrenonRegional Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • Tony EssalihVice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs

  • Kemal FaridPresident & CEO, Merrick Systems, Inc.

  • William E. Fitzgibbon III, Ph.D.Dean, University of Houston - College of Technology

  • Paul M. FrisonExecutive Vice Chairman, Houston Technology Center

  • Thomas D. GrosSenior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Reliant Energy

  • William D. GutermuthPartner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

  • Tom HalboutyVice President, CIO - CTO, Pioneer Natural Resources

  • Jeffrey HarderPartner, Jackson Walker L.L.P.

  • Andy IckenDeputy Director, City of Houston

  • Bradley K. Jensen, Ph.D.Principal Academic Relationship Manager, Microsoft Corporation

  • John J. KennedyFormer President & CEO, Wilson - A Schlumberger Company

  • Krista KiblawiAssociate Director-Data Sales, Verizon Wireless

  • Eric KoachVice President Sales - Central Region, Hewlett-Packard Company

  • William L. LaFuzePartner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

  • Carlos LaraPresident, Lara & Associates, LLC

  • Lee J. LaviolettePartner, Accenture Management Consulting

  • Karen LoveDirector, Practice Growth, PKF Texas, P.C.

  • Pamela LovettExecutive Vice President-Business Development, Comerica Bank

  • T. Kevin McConnGroup President-Private Client Services, Frost National Bank

  • Carl McCutcheonChairman & CEO, AMM Exploration, LLC

  • George L. McLendonProvost, Rice University

  • Maryanne MaldonadoVice President & Managing Director, Energy Acceleration, Houston Technology Center

  • Daniel MarkPartner, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

  • Keith MeyerChairman & CEO, Sunthenoil LLC

  • Bob MitchellPresident, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

  • Roberto MoctezumaIT Advisor, Houston Technology Center

  • Phil MorabitoCEO, Pierpont Communications, Inc.

  • Dallas ParkerPartner, Mayer Brown LLP

  • Brett A. PerlmanPresident, Vector Advisors

  • Gregory PhillipsPartner, Phillips & Reiter, PLLC

  • Gregory PricePartner, Sikich LLP

  • Eric PulaskiFounder & CEO, SmartVault Corporation

  • Oscar SantollaniManaging Partner, Soteica LLC

  • Josh StrasnerVice President, Consulting Services, CGI Technologies & Solutions

  • H. William SwanstromPartner, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP

  • James A. TaylorChairman & CEO, CHR Solutions, Inc.

  • Dr. Joseph W. TedescoDean, University of Houston - Cullen College of Engineering

  • Joseph L. TrahanPresident & CEO, 1-Service LLC

  • Walter UlrichPresident & CEO, Houston Technology Center

  • Aruna ViswanathanChief Underwriting Officer, Clearspring Capital group

  • Mark WhiteChairman, Geovox Security; former Governor, State of Texas

  • Stephen WhiteCEO, Qukku

  • Todd ZuspanPartner, Ernst & Young LLP

  • HTC Partners

  • BAHEPThe Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, or BAHEP, is a member-driven organization that provides the leadership to stimulate regional economic development and employment. Utilizing a collaborative committee structure, we engage more than 260 investor companies, business professionals, local governments, and educational institutions, in southeast Texas, to bring about prosperity and a high quality of life for the 1.5 million people who live and work in the region.

  • BayTechBayTech facilitates the collaboration between the Johnson Space Center (JSC) and industry & academia. The Bay Tech consortium is a partnership between BAHEP, JSC, and the HTC, with support from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund through the Gulf Coast and Bay Area RCICs.

  • BioHoustonBioHouston is leading a broad effort to mobilize the Houston region's civic, business, medical, academic and political communities to develop the infrastructure needed for the region to be a vigorous global competitor in building new life science and biotechnology companies in the Houston region.

  • The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship (WCE) at the University of HoustonRanked No. 1 by The Princeton Review, The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship (WCE) at the University of Houston, formerly the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, has provided students a stimulating and exciting learning environment integrating real-world experience with traditional classroom education.

  • Consumer Energy AllianceConsumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports the thoughtful utilization of energy resources to help ensure improved domestic and global energy security and stable prices for consumers.

  • Greater Houston PartnershipThe GHP, Houston's leading business organization, is the primary advocate of Houston's business community and is dedicated to building economic prosperity in the region.

  • Gulf Coast Medical Device ManufacturesThe GCMDM is a community of design, engineering and manufacturing companies serving the medical device industry and operating in the Texas Gulf Coast region.

  • Houston Angel Network (HAN)The Houston Angel Network is a non-profit organization that provides its members a forum in which to efficiently evaluate promising early-stage investment opportunities. Its membership consists of active and SEC-accredited angel investors who share the goal of making informed, collaborative investments in promising early stage Texas-based companies.

  • Houston Hispanic Chamber of CommerceThe Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HHCC) is the leading regional advocate for the economic and civic interests of the Hispanic business community. As such, the HHCC serves as an aggregator of information, resources and a promoter of interests related to the Hispanic Community both locally and nationwide.

  • Houston Technology Executive Council (TECH)TECH Houston's vision is to provide a forum for leading technology CEO's to advance Houston's technology future by: building personal relationships with a broad base of Houston's influential business leaders and having regular presentations by key business and governmental leaders to keep abreast of technology trends and to influence public policy.

  • MIT Enterprise Forum of TexasOur mission is to foster successful growth of innovative technology oriented enterprises in the South Texas area by providing access to MIT resources and through services and programs that inform educate and support these business endeavors.

  • Research Valley PartnershipThe Research Valley Partnership serves as the catalyst of economic development in the Bryan and College Station region, connecting community, university and industry, and building upon the foundation of the Texas A&M's global expertise in engineering, agriculture, animal health, energy and the biosciences.

  • Rice Alliance for Technology and EntrepreneurshipThe Alliance is Rice University's principal organization devoted to the support of technology and entrepreneurship. The Alliance is a collaborative effort among the Schools of Engineering, Management, and Natural Sciences.

  • Space Alliance Technology Outreach ProgramSATOP, offers free technical assistance to small business owners, using expertise and technology housed within the U.S. space program. Engineers and scientists with the SATOP alliance partners volunteer up to 40 hours of free technical support per request to help entrepreneurs overcome their technical challenges in order to foster the development of better products and services.

  • Technology Incubator West HoustonTechnology Incubator West Houston is set up to help entrepreneurial talent on the west side of Houston, the greater Katy area.

  • The Indus Entrepreneurs-HoustonTiE-Houston is a not-for-profit organization focused on fostering entrepreneurship through networking, mentoring, and participation in the local and global economy.