Make Houston a Leader in Solving the World's Most Pressing Issues

Impact Hub Houston is a locally rooted, globally connected, nonprofit organization that inspires, connects and empowers people working to solve social problems in our city and around the world. A member of the Impact Hub global network—the world’s largest community recognized by the United Nations for accelerating entrepreneurial solutions towards measurable and scalable impact—Impact Hub Houston intentionally designs places, platforms and programs to build an inclusive innovation ecosystem and empower diverse changemakers, social entrepreneurs, and impact supporters to create the change they wish to see in the world.

OUR VISION

 

We believe Houston can be a role model for how the world solves its most pressing issues.

OUR MISSION

To inspire, connect, and empower changemakers, social entrepreneurs, and impact supporters towards sustainable solutions with scalable impact.

To create inclusive and equitable environments where people can easily plug in, access resources, support one another, and actively advocate for each other.

To deepen and strengthen relationships among stakeholders and build an innovation ecosystem where people collaborate across organizations, cultures, identities, geographies, and generations.

What Drives Us

We believe that you care about Houston and want to help it grow and thrive.

You’re here. You showed up. And your interest in who we are and what we do shows that you want to improve Houston by helping changemakers, social entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups build solutions that create positive impact. Don’t stop here: JOIN US. We know that together, we can deliver that impact at scale.

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Why we need Impact Hub Houston

Houston is one of America’s greatest cities in every respect. We’re home to:

  • One of the largest and most diverse populations in the country
  • One of the largest ports
  • The world’s largest medical center
  • One of the largest concentrations of Fortune 1000 company headquarters
  • One of the nation’s largest Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Areas (CMSA) — the Greater Houston region is larger than New Jersey, and almost as large as the state of Massachusetts!

The greatness of Houston means we also face great challenges — just ask our friends at the Kinder Institute and January Advisors. Not all Houstonians can access our myriad resources nor enjoy the same benefits our city offers…and not all face the same social and environmental issues. We must meet people where they in terms of geography, generation, education, mobility, class, culture, life stages and startup stages, and devise ways to foster empathy, understanding, connection and collaboration among our immense community.

 

To address these issues, we offer:

Inclusive and Equitable Spaces

Impact Hub Houston is building an innovation ecosystem that inspires, connects, and empowers all people working on solutions towards any of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We welcome problem solvers from all areas and at any stage of their entrepreneurial journey — even those who may not have had exposure or effective training in modern technologies and business practices before. With respect to SDGs 5 (Gender Equality), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 10 (Reducing Inequalities), and 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), we especially seek to support changemakers who come from and/or wish to serve historically disadvantaged, overlooked or underserved communities.

Wherever you are on your impact journey, we want to meet you there and help you get to the next level. We can help you connect with peers and mentors, ideate and validate potential solutions, and build sustainable models around your idea so you can forge your own path to economic resilience and wealth, create jobs and opportunities for others, and successfully participate in the innovation economy. If you’re ready to get started, JOIN US!

Authentic and Collaborative Community

Impact Hub Houston engages and connects a vibrant community of entrepreneurial changemakers who are passionate about building a better future and are dedicated to creating positive impact in our city.

We screen Impact Hub Houston members for:
– alignment of purpose and impact orientation
– ability to support other members with respect as true peers
– willingness to contribute to our culture of collaboration and servant leadership
– genuine effort to learn, share ideas and develop social ventures

Intentional Programming and Placemaking

We champion inclusive, impact-driven innovation by providing an integrated platform and thoughtful programming that meets problem solvers where they are, shares entrepreneurial knowledge, connects diverse communities, and bridges resource gaps.

We host collaborative programs and events in our space and at partner venues across Houston in order to inspire and inform innovators with meaningful content, thought-provoking discussions, expert-led talks, hands-on learning opportunities, and facilitated community conversations.

Our recurring programs and special events include:

– Open Project Nights with Sketch City
– F.U.N. Stories with Creative Vida and the French American Chamber of Commerce
– SDG-Themed Expert Roundtables and Hackathons
– Global Entrepreneurship Week
THIS: The Houston Innovation Summit
TEDxHouston

The music makers and dreamers of dreams

OUR TEAM

Grace Rodriguez

CEO / Executive Director

Michelle Avalos

Director of Operations

Carlos Sotelo

Launch Team

Dolores Lozano

Launch Team

Jaison Oliver

Launch Team

The fuel to our fire and wind beneath our wings

OUR BOARD

Shiroy Aspandiar

Co-Founder / Board Chair

Erik Ibarra

Founder/CEO, ORDRS.io
Board Member, HX

Jamie Jones

Executive Director
Rice University Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (LILIE)

Lee Mayfield

CEO
Owlfa LLC

Phillip Yates

Attorney, Law Office of Yates & Associates
Senior Consultant, Houston Area Urban League

The sherpas and shoulders of giants

OUR ADVISORS & MENTORS

Natasha Azizi

Co-Founder / Board Member
Impact Hub Houston

Ana Rojas Bastidas

Founder / CEO
Orolait

Trevor Best

CEO
Syzygy Plasmonics

Ria Bhatnagar

Social Enterprise Strategist
Impact Hub Houston

Lance Black

Associate Director
TMC Innovation Institute

Jesse Bounds

Director of Innovation
City of Houston

Lauren Caldarera

Development Director
TX/RX Labs

Taylor Chapman

Senior Vice President
Nationswell Council

Abe Chu

Co-Founder/CMO
NextSeed

Dorian Cockrell

Manager – Workforce Operations
Houston-Galveston Area Council

Marcelo Cordini

VP Business Development & Product Strategist
December Labs

Jennifer Drew

Founder / CEO
The Tiny Heights

Raissa Evans

Founder
Running Reload

Javier Fadul

Director of Innovation
HTX Labs

Emma Fauss

Co-Founder/CEO
Medical Informatics

Juliana Garaizar

Director
TMC Venture Fund

Steven Gonzalez

Technology Transfer Strategist
NASA

Lawson Gow

Founder/CEO
The Cannon

Phil de la Gueronniere

Founder / CEO
Cortland

Denise Hamilton

Founder / CEO
Watch Her Work

Reda Hicks

Founder/CEO, GotSpot
Senior Counsel, Panalpina

Munir Ibrahim

CFO
Texas Healthcare & Hospice

Preston James

Co-Founder / CEO
DivInc

Erik Ibarra

Founder/CEO, ORDRS.io
Board Member, HX

Milad Khakzadghomi

Director of Strategy
Houston Exponential

Andrew Karnavas

Founder / CEO
YAWP Records, Just Add Beats

Emily Keeton

Managing Director
WeWork Creator Fund

Chris Knapp

CEO
Collaboration Capital

Paul Kwiatkowski

Co-Founder/CTO
GroupRaise

Lee Mayfield

CEO
Owlfa LLC

Leah Mayo

Founder, FOUND Experience
E.D., British American Business Council

Erin McClarty

Principal
Erin McClarty, PLLC

Mansi Mehta

Manager
SER Jobs

Roberto Moctezuma

Founder / CEO
Fractal River

Panos Moutafis

President
Zenus Biometrics

Diana Murakhovskaya

Co-Founder
Monarq / Artemis Fund

Marc Nathan

VP, Client Strategy
Egan Nelson LLP

Jon Nordby

Managing Director
MassChallenge

Hesam Panahi

Lecturer
Rice Entrepreneurship Initiative

Jeff Reichman

Founder, January Advisors
Founder, Sketch City

Assata Richards

Founding Director
Sankofa Research Institute

Carolyn Rodz

Founder
HelloAlice

Marcus Rydberg

Co-Founder / CTO
Luminare

Susana Rosas

Consultant
Dini Spheris

Samira Salman

Founder/CEO
Salman Solutions

Courtenay Siegfried

President
20K Group

Neeraj Tandon

Co-Founder, CodePark
Principal Consultant, January Advisors

Sarma Velamuri

Co-Founder / CEO
Luminare

Roland von Kurnatowski

President, TX/RX Labs

Phillip Yates

Attorney, Law Office of Yates & Associates
Senior Consultant, Houston Area Urban League

Maria Maso

Accredited Investor
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