The TMC Innovation Institute and Station Houston brought together a room full of startup company investors June 1 to kick off the Houston Investor Catalyst Series: Activating Early-Stage Capital.
The collaboration between the two organizations was the first of an invitation-only, quarterly event series showcasing local, high-growth startups to accredited investors while sharing best practices and information about angel investing and venture capital.
“We want to connect and support Houston’s startup ecosystem,” said Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D., director of the TMC Innovation Institute. “It’s not just health care, it’s not just oil and gas, it is everyone—we are one ecosystem, and this is an extension of that goal.”
The night started with a panel discussion on how to help the startup culture in Houston grow with Halvorsen and John Reale, founder of Station Houston, moderated by Angela Shah, Texas editor of Xconomy.
A second panel included startup investors Rakesh Agrawal, founder and CEO of SnapStream Media; Larry Lawson, founder and chairman of HeartCor Solutions, and a member of the GOOSE Society of Texas; and Patrick Lewis, president of the Houston Angel Network. They discussed how they source deals, how to better highlight what is going on in Houston to the national investor community and new trends in ways to invest in startup companies.
Pitches from three Houston companies rounded out the event: ConsultLink, a mobile workspace for care-team members to streamline patient care; Arundo Analytics, which uses big data and machine learning techniques to optimize operations and give insights on events before they happen; and The Right Place, which offers hospitals and post-acute providers a more efficient and reliable way to match the right patient to the right place of care.
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