Frost Bank: Fail Forward Series

Dear business owners: We understand these are hectic times and want to shine a light on best practices to help you secure funding.

Frost Bank presents “Fail Forward”: A Special Speaker Series to help entrepreneurs navigate financial challenges and learn how to get funded!

We redesigned this quarterly series into a virtual opportunity for you to get real, behind-the-scenes stories on the challenges business owners face while trying to access and raise funding for their small business or startups.

You’ll also learn what those entrepreneurs could have done to make their journey easier and more successful!

  • Where could have challenges been prevented, averted or quickly mitigated?
  • What strategies and best practices can help you avoid some of the pitfalls that can prevent your business from getting funded?

Submit your business finance related questions at registration so that our guest financial experts can answer them during the session.

Featuring: Harry McMahan, Vice President & Relationship Manager at Frost Bank

Harry is a Vice President and Relationship Manager for Frost Bank in Houston. In this position, he works with small and mid-sized companies providing thought-based comprehensive solutions to their financial needs. Harry joined Frost in 2013 and facilitates new client relationships by leading across line of business sales and also serves as the face of Frost in the downtown community. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. In his free time Harry teaches Yoga where he works with individuals in small class settings.

Spotting opportunities in the new normal – An entrepreneurial mindset

Besides all the challenges it brings, the post-covid world also includes significant opportunities for those who would like to approach it

Entrepreneurs embrace opportunities and transform them into value for our societies. Besides all the challenges it brings, the post-covid world also includes significant opportunities for those who would like to approach it with an entrepreneurial mindset.

The workshop Spotting opportunities in the new normal – An entrepreneurial mindset builds on an established framework to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are at the basis of entrepreneurship. The focus will be on the time we are living in – the ‘new normal’, which does not just bring challenges but could also create opportunities, if we learn how to spot them.

Through a combination of key learnings and practical exercises, the workshop will provide participants with strategic competences to boost their entrepreneurial mindset and explore new trends and opportunities.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 11 June from 6 to 8:00pm and will be facilitated by Semih Boyaci, cofounder of Impact Hub Istanbul.

Please note that Zoom link to participate in the workshop will be provided upon registration. The event will be held in English

*The project “PEP – Promotion of Economic Prospects” is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with Re:Coded & Impact Hub Istanbul.

Linkedin Marketing – Helping You Find Undervalued Attention

Want to make the most of your Linkedin account to promote your business? Join Impact Hub and the Attention Seeker to learn more!

About this Event

“We believe that creating demand is about finding undervalued attention. We believe in teaching a man to fish. In today’s world, over 80% of all B2B leads generated by social media come from LinkedIn. So we start there.”

Stanley Henry, Managing Director of The Attention Seeker

Join us for this immersive webinar where our guest expert Stanley Henry will help us explore the topic of Linkedin marketing for business, and learn more about how to make the most of this platform to promote your business.


Impact Hub Waikato is part of a global network of over 100 connected communities that inspire, enable & connect. At Impact Hub Waikato we are a unique and diverse group, supporting each other for the betterment of people and planet. We unite people from every profession, background and culture with imagination and drive to challenge the status quo.

if you are starting or running a dual purpose, impact or social enterprise we are your people! We see and do things differently – together we create the new normal.

FEMtrepreneurs presents FEMseries: workshops

The FEMseries consists of online lectures and workshops to inspire women and to equip them with the tools & skills to kickstart their idea.

About this Event

Join our 3-part module to get a glimpse into the world of entrepreneurship, learn how to get from idea to business concept and bring your idea to the next level.

We get you started with:

  • Why + Ideation (What is your motivation for your idea or start-up? How can we develop this idea? 25.05.20)
  • Business Model (What is your business model and why is it important? 05.06.20)
  • Pitching workshop (Theoretical input & practicing a pitch. 11.06.20)

Each session is about 2,5h long, will be held virtually and is led by industry experts.

Register to participate!

You can select each date separately.

FEMtrepreneurs is an initiative by the University of Basel in cooperation with HBA, ImpactHub Basel, WomenMatters and WeHub India.

Houston Social Entrepreneurship Meetup

Heard about social entrepreneurship but don’t really know what a social venture looks like? Impact Hub Houston invites you to roll up your sleeves and join us at Houston’s only Social Entrepreneurship meetup.

The meetup brings together like-minded individuals from the non-profit, social enterprise, impact investing, technology and many other fields to understand the concept of social entrepreneurship and be inspired to find new ways to tackle local social issues. At each meetup, you’ll 1) Get an intro to Social Entrepreneurship 2) Hear from a Social Entrepreneur in Houston 3) Network with other changemakers from across the entrepreneur ecosystem.


5:30pm Sign-in

5:45pm Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

6:00pm Guest Speaker: Yvonne Mendoza, Founder Tierra de los Artesanos

When traveling to Merida, Yucatan in 2014 Yvonne noticed two things while in the city. First, artisan women and men would gather in the main plaza daily and sold their craft in an organized manner. Second, she noticed that the women and men were part of cooperatives, learning from each other while sustaining their household by using their skills. Yvonne began to study what was thriving and working for artisans in Mexico and asked herself, “What could work for the artisans of Mexico who now live in the U.S.?” After this trip, Tierra began to form. Tierra is a marketplace where customers can shop for ethically-made, Mexico-goods. We believe in social sustainability, economic empowerment and fair-trade principles. The diverse regions of Mexico and the hard work ethic is now showcased at our store.  We began with our online market in 2015 and happily opened our 1st brick and mortar in 2016. We mix our social work ethical values and love for our mexican heritage to continue to create and cultivate Tierra.  

6:45pm Open discussion on Impact topics

7:00pm Networking

Come learn about Yvonne’s journey! Who knows, maybe you will walk out of the meet up with your own idea for a social venture. #socialentrepreneurship

Frost Bank: Fail Forward Series

Frost Bank presents “Fail Forward”:A Special Speaker Series to help entrepreneurs navigate financial challenges and learn how to get funded!

Join us for an evening of #FailForward fun as we get real, behind-the-scenes stories straight from entrepreneurs on the challenges they faced trying to access and raise funding for their small business or startups … and learn from bankers and financial experts what those entrepreneurs could have done to make their journey easier and more successful.

In this “role play” style discussion, entrepreneurs will dig deep into their experiences and offer specific examples of actual attempts to receive funding from local banks and other institutions. A series of subject matter experts curated by Frost Bank will then walk the entrepreneurs through those stories to identify where challenges could have been prevented, averted or quickly mitigated, and then share strategies and best practices that may help you avoid some of the pitfalls that can prevent you from getting funded.


  • JimmyTay Trinh, Chef, CEO, Founder of Naughty Noah’s 

Naughty Noah’s is a family-centric business that’s stirring up everyday eats. With my son Noah at the helm, my mother’s authentic recipe delivers the rich culinary tradition of Vietnamese pho noodles right to your busy family life — with clean ingredients that put a nourishing, tasty new twist on a beloved, timeless classic. Get naughty and start noodlin’ around with all of our delicious flavors!

  • Harry McMahan, Vice President & Relationship Manager at Frost Bank


  • 6PM Registration & Networking (appetizers will be provided)
  • 6:30PM – 7:15 PM Role Play + Best Practices
  • 7:15PM Q&A
  • 7:30PM Open Discussion & Networking


You can find paid metered street parking (FREE after 6PM)in front of the building along Pierce Street; and both metered and free street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

*Series presented by Frost Bank, in partnership with Impact Hub Houston and BakerRipley.

Climathon 2019

Bring Your Climate Action Ideas to Life at Climathon 2019!


Climate change is at our doorstep. Literally.
Houston has been flooded by three “500-year” storms in just three years.
Our homes and communities can’t take another 497 years of this.
It’s time for action.

Houston, “The Energy Capital of the World,” has experienced three 500-year-flood disasters—including the destruction from Hurricane Harvey—in recent years. We’ve seen local talent rise to these challenges in the past, and want to give them a platform to take their solutions to the next level. In such a diverse city with a tremendous amount of resources, it seems only natural that Houston can help lead the way in developing local solutions that can scale to other contexts…especially in light of the Mayor’s recently-announced Climate Action Plan.

Climathon 2019 is Houston’s opportunity to:

  • Engage the nonprofit, startup and entrepreneurship communities to develop innovative solutions towards climate action
  • Build stronger relationships among impact-oriented organizations and communities
  • Connect thought leaders and subject matter experts with designers, developers, entrepreneurs, policymakers and activists for more creative, effective, and viable solutions
  • Send talented Houstonians to present their solution at the Climathon Global Awards in France!

During the Climathon, you’ll connect with city officials and partners to bring about a shared vision for a healthier city. You’ll help turn this vision into a reality by participating in the hackathon: You can bring an existing idea to work on, or develop a new solution with an inspiring team. Coaches and experts will be on hand to help you develop promising solutions to Houston’s climate challenges!

After the Climathon, you can continue working on your solutions to create tangible change in your city and advance the movement. For those serious about transforming their ideas into viable businesses, we’ll help you prepare to pitch to our panel of judges, who will evaluate which ideas move on for consideration for the Global Awards. The best solutions may go on to present at the Climathon Global Awards in Paris next year!


As we will need all hands on deck that day, we are looking for around 8 volunteers to support the event during different shifts, including a couple of people to help capture this very special event with photography and filming. Are you the one?

For more information:

To register to participate:

We can’t wait to see you there!

The Importance of Quantifiable Impact

This event will encourage conversation amongst social entrepreneurs about the importance of quantifying impact. As this ever-changing space begins to take shape, stakeholders and donors are looking for transparency across operations and projects to ensure their money is acquiring the highest social ROI. The ability to understand and quantify impact is trending to become one of the cornerstones of sustaining the longevity of any social venture. Come join us to hear from leaders in this space regarding the opportunities as well as introduce challenges in running social organizations in a data-driven world.