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 atwww.naughtynoahs.com!

  • 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: http://houston.impacthub.net/climathon2019/

To register to participate: https://climathon.climate-kic.org/en/houston

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.