One of the "10 technology incubators changing the world”
A well-established technology business incubator is turning its sights on The Energy Corridor.
Seeking to accelerate development of early-stage companies and innovation in West Houston with an Energy Corridor presence, the Houston Technology Center (HTC) – in partnership with the Society of Petroleum Engineers – plans to vet the viability of startups, while providing entrepreneurial training, mentorship and office space. Some 75 companies are already working with HTC’s Client Acceleration Program now incubating startups in the energy, information technology, life sciences, nanotechnology and aerospace industries at its locations in the Johnson Space Center and The Woodlands.
HTC’s success with startups earned renown in Forbes magazine, which named it one of the “10 technology incubators changing the world.”
The Energy Corridor District is working with HTC to build momentum for the project, seeking partners, community support and a location for what will be called HTC Energy Corridor.
“An Energy Corridor presence for the Houston Technology Center could cultivate the entrepreneurial dreams of thousands of highly skilled technical professionals who live and work in West Houston,” explains Clark Martinson, general manager for The Energy Corridor District.
The Energy Corridor is Houston’s second-largest jobs center, home to 94,000 employees. Forty-three percent of the city’s technical and business professionals are within a 30-minute drive of The Energy Corridor.
The HTC Energy Corridor incubation endeavor is being led by Maryanne Maldonado, chief operating officer for HTC, and startup specialist Mike Mueller, president of his eponymously named firm that incubates businesses through venture funding, management services, product development, strategic marketing, executive strategy and organizational capability consulting.
By advancing commercialization of emerging tech companies in Greater Houston, the nonprofit HTC has become Texas’ largest technology business incubator and accelerator.
“Stimulating economic development in West Houston is part of The District’s mission to create a premier place in which to work, live and invest,” explains Martinson. “The energy in the corridor is really more about the skills, visions and vitality of its employees and residents. There is enormous potential here to harvest economic benefits from entrepreneurial technology innovation.”
To support the HTC Energy Corridor initiative, offer resources or inquire about technology startup incubation, contact Mike Mueller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.