2022 Conference Agenda
7:30 - 8:45am
8:45 - 9:00am
HX Venture Fund
Gwyneth Paltrow and Dana Settle: A Conversation About the Entrepreneur’s Journey in Today’s World
The Entrepreneur’s Journey, and the role of the venture capitalist in building a tech ecosystem.
9:00 - 10:00 am
Consumer-Focused Company Building and the Growth of E-Commerce
A discussion of the trends in consumer-focused company building and connected commerce, from the venture capitalist and Founders’ perspective.
10:05 - 10:50am
Managing Partner, Silverton Partners
Scaling Startups in Houston: What It Really Takes
You are past Founder Market Fit, and you’ve crossed the Penny Gap with funding beyond the friends and family round. Now you have customer traction, and you are ready to scale. What does it take to scale, and what might that look like for a Houston entrepreneur specifically?
11:15am - 12:00pm
Executive Director, Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie), Rice University
12:00pm - 12:45pm
The Investment Climate for the Entrepreneur and the Venture Capitalist Today
The IPO window opens and shuts in periods of certainty and uncertainty. Where are we now in the cycle, and what does that mean for the entrepreneur and the investor?
12:45 - 1:40pm
Houston, A Destination for Innovation: Predictions for our Future
Hear from Houston’s leaders about the growth of Houston’s tech ecosystem. We are now over $2 billion in venture funding in 2021, and yet we have room to grow. Where do we need to improve as an ecosystem, and what does the Houston innovation landscape look like in ten years?
1:45 - 2:30pm
Intelligence & Founder,
Yonder Hospitality &
Revolutionizing the Energy Transition
Houston is the Energy capital of the world, and has the potential to lead the world in the energy transition. Do we have the venture capital, corporate base and talent we need to revolutionize the Energy Transition from Houston? What will that look like?
2:45 - 3:30pm
General Partner, Builders VC
Innovating the Future of Healthcare
How can we translate strong federal funding and superior academic leadership to fast growing tech companies solving some of the largest problems in the world in the life sciences? Thinking forward, what is the future of healthcare? Will Houston be home to that innovation wave?
3:50 - 4:35pm
Managing Partner, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Funds
Innovations in Mobility Across Land, Sea, and Air
What are the biggest barriers to mobility and what are the enabling technologies that will help break down those barriers? How can the entrepreneur and venture capitalist partner to advance mobility across land, sea and air?
4:40 - 5:20pm
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Material Impact
President, Rice University