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Innovation

Houston is where innovation and industry converge. Ours is a city that chooses to take humankind's boldest challenges head-on, from landing on the moon to developing the first artificial heart. And Houston's innovation ecosystem continues to thrive through programs like TMC Innovation Institute at the Texas Medical Center and spaces like the emerging Innovation District. 

25,000+

Local workforce of Houston's top 100 digital tech companies

16.9 percent

Part of Houston's digital tech firms that specialize in health care

500+

Houston is home to over 500 digital technology companies

Innovation Corridor

Houston’s Innovation Corridor is at the center of an extraordinarily powerful social and economic convergence. The four-mile-long Corridor is linked by light-rail, bike lanes, and pedestrian thoroughfares, and offers easy access to key industry and institutional players along with an unparalleled array of amenities. It runs from Downtown on the north end, south through Midtown, the Museum District and the Texas Medical Center. 

 

Innovation District

Rice University is currently developing a new innovation district in Midtown. Housed on a 16-acre site anchored by a former Sears building, the hub will bring the area's entrepreneurial, corporate and academic communities together. The nucleus of the Innovation District is The Ion, a nearly 300,000-square-foot structure that serves as a collaborative space for businesses at all stages of the innovation lifecycle. A number of companies and nonprofits have taken up residence in the development.

Houston Tech and Innovation Conversations at SXSW

A Data-Driven Look at Houston's Innovation Ecosystem

The Partnership's Josh Pherigo takes a data-driven look at the current trends in the startup space and the Houston region's momentum in building a thriving innovation ecosystem.

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The Power of Diversity in Innovation

Jan Odegard of The Ion and Ashley DeWalt of DivInc Houston talk about the power of diversity within innovation.

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Corporate Partnerships Drive Innovation in Life Sciences

Fiona Mack of JLABS at TMC discusses how Houston is quickly emerging as a hub for life sciences innovation.

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The Houston Tech Report

This report outlines the tremendous growth in Houston’s tech ecosystem in recent years as evidenced by the expanding workforce as well as startup and venture capital activity. The report also highlights the region’s unique strengths in the sector. 

Houston Exponential

Houston Exponential is a dynamic organization that serves, organizes, champions and grows the region’s innovation ecosystem. HX is accelerating the development of Houston’s innovation economy, fostering a robust ecosystem that supports high-growth, high-impact startups. HX works to convene the ecosystem, helping to build an innovation district in Houston and attracting talent to the region and promoting Houston’s image, both locally and nationally, as a vibrant, innovative economy where startups thrive.

Houston's Innovation Partners

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Houston Region's Accessible Location Key Factor in Attracting Leading Global Businesses

9/12/22
Location, location, location. That’s the mantra for anyone searching for a new home, but accessibility is also a critical component for businesses looking to expand or relocate.   Deborah Wild, CEO of Cellipont Bioservices, and Jared Boudreaux, President of Vector Controls and Automation Group, recently discussed key factors that attracted their companies to the greater Houston region during the Partnership’s Why Houston webinar series. Cellipont Bioservices announced last month it’s relocating from San Diego to The Woodlands and opening a life sciences manufacturing facility. During the webinar, Wild said The Woodlands “best checked all the boxes” the company was looking for in a new site. “Our cost structure will be lower here than our homebase in California and we have access to two major airports that can reach any city in the U.S. in less than four hours,” she said. Wild added that access to the region’s “solid life sciences talent” and The Woodlands’ reputation for its quality of life were also determining factors in their site selection. “There’s just a wonderful feel to the culture in the area and it’s important that people live a happy, balanced life,” Wild said. Boudreaux shared similar sentiments about Vector Controls’ decision to move from La Porte to Pearland’s Lower Kirby District in 2020. He said the location off State Highway 288 allows employees and customers to easily access the campus. “We can quickly get to Lake Charles, San Antonio, Dallas, and Corpus Christi all within the same day. That’s the attractiveness of Houston,” he said. The strategic location has also allowed the manufacturing company to expand into industries, such as aerospace, that they didn’t service before. Boudreaux added their location is also a tactic for talent attraction and retention. “The greater Houston area is a place where people can grow up, they can go to school, they can get a job and they can raise a family all within a 50-mile radius. And that’s attractive for us especially as you’re trying to retain employees for a longer term,” Boudreaux said.  A total of 17 companies have expanded in or relocated operations to the Houston region so far this year. These will result in an estimated 3,458 new jobs and nearly $800.7 million invested in the Houston market.  Learn more about why companies are choosing Houston.
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