Founders Focus – How We Made It Big

Founders Focus seeks to bring tips and inspiration to small businesses who have integrated technology to scale their businesses.

About this Event

With Founders Focus – How We Made It Big, our Moderator, unpacks the tactics Kim Roxie and Jovante Ham have employed to navigate the startup ecosystem. They are taking brick and mortar businesses and pivoting them to scale. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions directly to the founders.

This event is designed to give you a set of tools and pathways to help you navigate your small business and take advantage of technology to help you grow. Every business has failures. No business succeeds without some change of plan. Join us for Founders Focus – How We Made It Big to learn how to use resources available in the tech and innovation ecosystem to help your business grow.



  • 12:00 PM – Welcome & Introductions
  • 12:05 PM – Panel Discussion
  • 12:35 PM – Q & A


About the Speakers

Kim Roxie, Founder & CEO, LAMIK Beauty

Kim Roxie is the founder of LAMIK Beauty, the tech-enabled clean color cosmetics line. Roxie was honored as HBJ’s 40 under 40 this year and National Business Journal’s 100 Influential Young Executives list. Roxie recently completed E-commerce Accelerator SKUATX.


Jovante Ham, CEO, Melanoid Exchange

Jovante Ham is the co-founder and CEO of Melanoid Exchange, one of Houston bourgeoning startups and combines e-commerce with online booking “to help entrepreneurs of color connect with the world”. They have an app on IOS and Android you can download today. Since growing up as a young kid in Fort Lauderdale, Jovante Ham has taken the lessons he learned growing up in a tough community to become founder and CEO of Melanoid Exchange, a.k.a. The Hood Scholar. This former aerospace engineer is tackling one of the largest target acquisition markets we have explored so far: E-commerce.


About the Moderator

Deanea LeFlore, Senior Director, Partnerships, The Ion

Deanea LeFlore oversees the identification of strategically-aligned partnerships and community engagements, as well as the development and management of relationships for The Ion. She leads The Ion team in planning and delivering events that cultivate positive, productive relationships and community engagement to meet the needs of Houston’s diverse community of entrepreneurs, investors, students, and those seeking to get connected to the tech and innovation economy.

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Dec 08 2020


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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