OUR VISION

To make Houston a role model for how the world solves its most pressing issues.

OUR MISSION

We inspire, connect, and empower changemakers, social entrepreneurs, and impact supporters with mentorship, sponsorship, meaningful content, thought-provoking talks, hands-on learning opportunities, and vibrant community conversations.

We move beyond discussing diversity toward creating inclusive and equitable environments where people plug in and actively advocate for each other.

We work to deepen and strengthen relationships among stakeholders to build an innovation ecosystem where people collaborate across organizations, cultures, identities, geography, 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 us that you want to improve Houston by helping pragmatic problem solvers, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups create positive impact. Don’t stop here: JOIN US. We know that together, we can deliver that positive impact at scale.

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Help Us Help Houston

Inspire. Connect. Empower!

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. With such a large and diverse community, not all Houstonians can access the same resources or enjoy the same benefits our city offers…and not all face the same 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.

 

To address this, Impact Hub Houston offers:

equitable, inclusive space

Impact Hub Houston inspires, connects, and empowers people who are working to address any of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We welcome problem solvers who may not have had previous exposure or effective training in modern technologies and business practices, such as rapid prototyping, design thinking, lean startup and agile methodologies. We offer extra support to changemakers who come from and/or wish to serve historically underserved and underresourced communities.

Wherever you are on your impact journey, 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.

Authentic Community
Impact Hub Houston engages and connects a vibrant community of entrepreneurial changemakers who are passionate about building a brighter 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 servant leadership
– genuine effort to share ideas and develop social ventures

An online platform that enables meaningful connections with local+global peers and mentors

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

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

Mansi Mehta

Launch Team

Ria Bhatnagar

Launch Team

The shoulders of giants and wind beneath our wings

OUR BOARD

Shiroy Aspandiar

Co-Founder / Board Chair

Natasha Azizi

Co-Founder / Board Member
Impact Hub Houston

Erik Ibarra

Founder/CEO, ORDRS.io
Board Member, HX

Jamie Jones

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

Phillip Yates

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

The sherpas and shepherds helping us scale the highest peaks

OUR ADVISORS & MENTORS

Natasha Azizi

Co-Founder / Board Member
Impact Hub Houston

Ana Rojas Bastidas

Founder / CEO
Orolait

Trevor Best

CEO
Syzygy Plasmonics

Jesse Bounds

Director of Innovation
City of Houston

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

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

Erik Ibarra

Founder/CEO, ORDRS.io
Board Member, HX

Jamie Jones

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

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

Roberto Moctezuma

Founder / CEO
Fractal River

Panos Moutafis

President
Zenus Biometrics

Diana Murakhovskaya

Co-Founder
Monarq Incubator

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

Susana Rosas

Consultant
Dini Spheris

Samira Salman

Founder/CEO
Salman Solutions

Courtenay Siegfried

VP, Communications
HelloAlice

Neeraj Tandon

Co-Founder, CodePark
Principal Consultant, January Advisors

Roland von Kurnatowski

President, TX/RX Labs

Phillip Yates

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

Lauren Caldarera

Development Director
TX/RX Labs

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