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Venture Houston 2021

February 4, 2021 @ 07:30 - February 5, 2021 @ 18:00 CST

The Houston venture and tech ecosystem is exploding and it’s time to get involved! Venture Houston 2021 is the premier virtual event for entrepreneurs and venture investors to plug into what is happening in Houston.

Taking place on February 4th and 5th, you will hear from many of HX Venture Fund’s limited partner corporate CEOs, top portfolio VCs, Houston’s industry leaders, and emerging and successful Houston entrepreneurs. Each afternoon will hold a pitch competition for Houston’s top early-stage companies where investment and in-kind prizes will be awarded by investors at the event.

This 2-day event features sought after speakers including keynote, Steve Case, founder of AOL and Revolution Ventures. You do not want to miss out on the incredible insight into Houston’s future and the access to incredible innovation, talent, and the entrepreneurial spirit Houston has to offer.

Key takeaways include:

  • Engaging with peers during panel sessions and continuing the conversation in industry-focused breakout rooms.

  • Joining curated 1 on 1 networking sessions and meet Houston’s innovation leaders, promising startup founders, and top investors from around the country.

  • Participating in a premier pitch competition for Houston’s top early-stage (Seed and Series A) companies focusing on Tech, Life Sciences, and Consumer-based verticals.

Pitch Competition


We are looking for all pre-seed through series B companies interested in venture backing, and headquartered in Houston / Gulf Coast Region (West to Bryan/College Station (vs. Austin), North to Montgomery, South to Galveston, East to Beaumont). Whether you’ve bootstrapped or raised capital previously, we want to see what you have to offer!

APPLY HERE – Applications close January 15th at 5:00pm!

Judges: Winners will be selected by a group of top national and Houston-based VC investors.

Jan 15- Applications close
Jan 20-Semi-finalists announced
Jan 27-Semi-finalist pitch videos due
Feb 4- Live semi-finals with judge Q&A (virtual)
Feb 5-Live finals with judge Q&A (virtual)

Competition Prizes
*Investment prizes:

Cash Prize: $15,000 from Halliburton Labs

In-kind prizes from Baird CapitalCapital FactoryCrosscutFlyover CapitalLead Edge CapitalGreycroftUpdata PartnersvenBio, and .406 Ventures

*Investment prizes are contingent on the ability of the venture firm to identify startup(s) that meet their investment thesis and ability to reach an agreement with the startup(s) on investment terms.

About the Organizers

HX Venture Fund is a venture capital fund of funds that creates a multiplier effect by linking the transformational power of world-class corporations, technology innovation, and high-growth startups with proven venture investment talent, company-building expertise, and capital.

The venture capital funds in HX Venture Fund’s portfolio bring their significant experience and, at their full discretion, risk capital to Houston’s best high-growth companies across all industry sectors.

Houston Exponential (HX) is a non-profit organization created to accelerate the growth of Houston’s innovation ecosystem. We believe Houston is where the world will come to solve problems that matter. HX is leading the charge to turn Houston into a hub for high-growth high-potential companies by creating pathways for innovation to flow at scale. We are aligning ecosystem support around strategic initiatives that are connecting, attracting, and promoting startups, investors, corporations, government, and universities.

The Houston Angel Network (HAN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the innovation ecosystem in Houston, Texas by supporting founders and startups with financial resources and mentorship. Founded in late 2001, HAN is the largest and most active angel network in Texas.

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship is Rice University’s nationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies. The Rice Alliance is a catalyst for building successful ventures through education, guidance and connections. Its mission is to support the creation of technology-based companies and the commercialization of new technologies in the Houston community and Southwest.


February 4, 2021 @ 07:30 CST
February 5, 2021 @ 18:00 CST
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