Houston, We Have a Hockey Stick

How do you turn a city into a hub for high-growth, high-potential companies? The truth is, it takes a village. And our village is the Houston ecosystem.

Our community—made up of hustlers, dreamers, and doers—is always looking for the next milestone, and that’s a good thing. It means we’re not prepared to settle, and we aren’t resting on our laurels (like being named one of the fastest growing metros for tech startups).

But it’s important not to lose sight of how far we’ve come. So we’re revisiting some of the big wins from the last year, if only to observe that Houston’s leading indicators for success have pushed us to an inflection point that will continue on an upswing.

Here are just some of those highlights, which all occurred in the last six months:

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  • MassChallenge launches its newest program in Downtown Houston, supporting up to 25 early-stage startups through a zero-equity, six-week boot camp this summer.
  • WeWork Labs, the incubator program from coworking company WeWork, launches in Downtown Houston.
  • The Cannon expands to a Galleria location and prepares for completion of its 120,000-square-foot, 32-acre coworking and entrepreneurship campus in West Houston.
  • Station Houston becomes a nonprofit to attract more funding from grants and foundations, and to provide more investment money aimed at programs that empower local entrepreneurs and turn innovative ideas into successful businesses.
  • ImpactHub launches in Houston.
  • HTX Talent, a website dedicated exclusively to tech jobs in the Houston region, is created as part of a cumulative effort between the Houston Exponential (HX) Talent Committee, led by Chair Patrick Schneidau and HX governing board member, Erik Ibarra. It was also made possible through close coordination with the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Innovation, and ecosystem partners like the Texas Medical Center, Station Houston and The Cannon.