About Houston Technology Center
Name:Houston Technology Center
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,
- Houston-Based Entrepreneurs
- Energy Sector
- Information Technology Sector
- Life Sciences Sector
- Nanotechnology Sector
- NASA/Aerospace Sector
- Houston Technology Center Leadership
- Walter Ulrich: President 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. Frison: Executive 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 Maldonado: Vice 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" Sim: Vice 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 Budzik: Managing 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 Prochnow: CIO, 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 Arbuckle: Director, 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 Burkeholder: Director, 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 Hicks: Director, 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 Mansfield: Director, 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 Thomas: Director, 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 Fraher: HTC 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 Lara: HTC 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 III: Executive 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 McQuary: Entrepreneur 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 Youmans: Executive 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
- Houston Technology Center Staff
- Diane Askins: Accounting Coordinator
- Evelyn Boatman: Administrative Services Manager - JSC Campus
- Roslynn Fitch: Marketing 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 Parker: Client Acceleration Coordinator
- Ruby Ramirez: Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
- Cheri Rocha: Administrative Services Manager and Executive Assistant to Walter Ulrich, President & CEO
- Steve Smith: Facilities Manager
- Kendra Trueba: Property Manager and Leasing Agent
- Charlene Wied: Administrative Assistant
- HTC Board of Directors
- Richard E. Williams: Chairman (HTC) -- President, Shell WindEnergy Inc.
- Walter Ulrich: President & CEO, Houston Technology Center
- Paul M. Frison: Executive Vice Chairman, Houston Technology Center
- Paul K. Siegele: Vice Chairman -- President, Energy Technology Company, Chevron Corporation
- J. Downey Bridgwater: Immediate Past Chair -- President-Houston Market, Comerica Bank
- Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr.: CEO & Managing Director, Vesalius Ventures
- Donald E. Nigbor: President, Nigbor Interests
- Lane Sloan: President, Sloan Consulting Services, Inc.
- Randall L. Walker: CEO of Houston Region, Bank of Texas
- Umesh Verma: President & CEO, BLUE LANCE, Inc., Director & Advisory Board Chair
- Wade Adams: Director, Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University
- Lynne B. Bentsen: Principal, Lynne Bentsen, LLC
- Krista Bourne: President, Houston/Gulf Coast Region, Verizon Wireless
- J. William Boyar: Chairman, BoyarMiller
- Gale E. Burkett: President & CEO, GB Tech, Inc.
- David Callender, M.D.: President, The University of Texas Medical Branch
- Byron Cantrall: Vice President, Comcast Business Services
- T. Jay Collins: Director of the Board, Oceaneering International, Inc.
- Dr. Ronald A. DePinho: President, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Douglas J. Erwin: Chairman & Principal, RedHouse Associates
- Charles H. Flournoy: Vice Chairman, John L. Wortham & Son, L.P.
- Blair Garrou: Managing Director, Mercury Fund
- Harry Gee Jr.: Principal, Law Office of Harry Gee Jr. & Associates
- Vijay Goradia: Founder & Chairman, Vinmar International, Ltd.
- George Greanias: Former President & CEO, Metro
- Antonio "Tony" Grijalva: Co-founder & CEO, G&A Partners
- R. Brian Hanson: President and CEO, ION Geophysical
- Terrence Hill: Division Manager - Senior Vice President, Chase Middle Market Banking - Houston Region
- John D. Hofmeister: Founder & CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy
- Michael Holthouse: President, Holthouse Interests
- John Kennedy: Former President & CEO, Wilson - A Schlumberger Company
- Dr. Renu Khator: Chancellor, University of Houston System; President, University of Houston
- Dr. Paul Klotman: President & CEO, Baylor College of Medicine
- David J. Lee: President, CEO & Co-Founder, Nano3D Biosciences, Inc.; Principal, Covelo Group, LLC
- David W. Leebron: President, Rice University
- Sherman Lewis, III: Principal, The Lewis Group
- Martin Lindenberg, M.D.: Partner, Newport Board Group
- : President, Texas A&M University
- Jim "Mack" McIngvale: Owner, Gallery Furniture
- Dr. Ellen Ochoa: Director NASA Space Center, ex-officio
- Robert L. Parker, Jr.: Executive Chairman, Parker Drilling Company
- Robert P. Peebler: Consultant, ION Geophysical Corporation
- Thomas R. "Tom" Powers: President, Tom and Pat Powers Foundation
- John Ragan: Executive Vice President & President, Texas Region, NRG Energy, Inc.
- Dr. Robert C. Robbins: President & CEO, Texas Medical Center
- Richard M. Scruggs: Partner, Winston Sage Partners; President & CEO Salient Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Scott Schwinger: President & CEO, McNair Group; CFO, Houston Texans
- Jeffery J. Sheldon: General Partner, CitareTx Investment Partners, LP; Chairman & CEO, Houston Medical Robotics, Inc.
- Tadd Tellepsen: President, Tellepsen Corporation
- Gio Tomasini: CEO, Tomasini-W2K
- Massey Villarreal: President & CEO, Precision Task Group
- John D. White: Partner, Murphree Venture Partners
- James T. Willerson, M.D.: President & Medical Director, Texas Heart Institute
- DHTC Directors Emeritus
- Lloyd M. Bentsen III: Chairman, Houston Christian Foundation
- Rod Canion: Chairman, Questia Media, Inc.; Founder, Compaq Computer Corp.
- M. Robert Dussler: Former Chairman & CEO, Palmetto Partners Ltd.
- HTC Advisory Board
- Umesh Verma: Chairman (HTC) -- President & CEO, BLUE LANCE, Inc.
- Tom Gros: Vice Chair, President NRG Solutions
- Bill Arend: Regional Manager, Oracle Corporation
- John Beddow: Publisher, Houston Business Journal
- Alan Bickerstaff: Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP
- Brad Burke: Managing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
- Laura Capper: Founder & CEO, CAP Resources
- Todd Chen: Shareholder; Chair, Winstead PC
- Lee Cook: CEO, Phonoscope Communications, Inc.
- James Eloi Doyle: Partner, Doyle Restrepo Harvin & Robbins LLP
- Jim Dumler: Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development, CenterPoint Energy
- Darryl K. Drenon: Regional Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.
- Tony Essalih: Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs
- Kemal Farid: President & CEO, Merrick Systems, Inc.
- William E. Fitzgibbon III, Ph.D.: Dean, University of Houston - College of Technology
- Paul M. Frison: Executive Vice Chairman, Houston Technology Center
- Thomas D. Gros: Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Reliant Energy
- William D. Gutermuth: Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
- Tom Halbouty: Vice President, CIO - CTO, Pioneer Natural Resources
- Jeffrey Harder: Partner, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
- Andy Icken: Deputy Director, City of Houston
- Bradley K. Jensen, Ph.D.: Principal Academic Relationship Manager, Microsoft Corporation
- John J. Kennedy: Former President & CEO, Wilson - A Schlumberger Company
- Krista Kiblawi: Associate Director-Data Sales, Verizon Wireless
- Eric Koach: Vice President Sales - Central Region, Hewlett-Packard Company
- William L. LaFuze: Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP
- Carlos Lara: President, Lara & Associates, LLC
- Lee J. Laviolette: Partner, Accenture Management Consulting
- Karen Love: Director, Practice Growth, PKF Texas, P.C.
- Pamela Lovett: Executive Vice President-Business Development, Comerica Bank
- T. Kevin McConn: Group President-Private Client Services, Frost National Bank
- Carl McCutcheon: Chairman & CEO, AMM Exploration, LLC
- George L. McLendon: Provost, Rice University
- Maryanne Maldonado: Vice President & Managing Director, Energy Acceleration, Houston Technology Center
- Daniel Mark: Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
- Keith Meyer: Chairman & CEO, Sunthenoil LLC
- Bob Mitchell: President, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
- Roberto Moctezuma: IT Advisor, Houston Technology Center
- Phil Morabito: CEO, Pierpont Communications, Inc.
- Dallas Parker: Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
- Brett A. Perlman: President, Vector Advisors
- Gregory Phillips: Partner, Phillips & Reiter, PLLC
- Gregory Price: Partner, Sikich LLP
- Eric Pulaski: Founder & CEO, SmartVault Corporation
- Oscar Santollani: Managing Partner, Soteica LLC
- Josh Strasner: Vice President, Consulting Services, CGI Technologies & Solutions
- H. William Swanstrom: Partner, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
- James A. Taylor: Chairman & CEO, CHR Solutions, Inc.
- Dr. Joseph W. Tedesco: Dean, University of Houston - Cullen College of Engineering
- Joseph L. Trahan: President & CEO, 1-Service LLC
- Walter Ulrich: President & CEO, Houston Technology Center
- Aruna Viswanathan: Chief Underwriting Officer, Clearspring Capital group
- Mark White: Chairman, Geovox Security; former Governor, State of Texas
- Stephen White: CEO, Qukku
- Todd Zuspan: Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
- HTC Partners
- BAHEP: The 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.
- BayTech: BayTech 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.
- BioHouston: BioHouston 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 Houston: Ranked 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 Alliance: Consumer 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 Partnership: The 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 Manufactures: The 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 Commerce: The 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 Texas: Our 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 Partnership: The 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 Entrepreneurship: The 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 Program: SATOP, 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
- Technology Incubator West Houston: Technology Incubator West Houston is set up to help entrepreneurial talent on the west side of Houston, the greater Katy area.
- The Indus Entrepreneurs-Houston: TiE-Houston is a not-for-profit organization focused on fostering entrepreneurship through networking, mentoring, and participation
in the local and global economy.