The Ion will support startup businesses at all stages of the innovation lifecycle and provide resources for Houstonians and others seeking to participate in the innovation economy.

Academic and corporate partners will be integrated into a robust environment of educational events, demonstrations and hack-a-thons. The Ion will also include programming focused on workforce development, job training and digital skills training.

Come join us at the Ion’s temporary home, 1301 Fannin,  to participate in lunch and learns, gain skills and connect with Houston innovators today.

Ion Prototyping Lab
The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator
The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator and Prototyping Lab support selected startups as they develop and deploy technology that connects ideas, people, and communities in Houston. Backed by the Mayor's Office, the City of Houston, Microsoft, Intel, and TX/RX, Houston's non-profit makerspace, the Accelerator launched its first cohort in September 2019 and second cohort in April 2020. Startups in Cohort 1 focus on transportation, mobility, and resiliency solutions. Startups in Cohort 2 focus on air quality, water purification, and clean-tech solutions. Cohort 2's themes complement the City of Houston's Resilient Houston Strategy and Climate Action Plan, further aligning with civic efforts to address the needs of Houston's citizens.



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Startups in Cohort 2 are:
Demo Day
Investors, Innovators, and Startup Fans: Join us on the 4th Wednesday of each month to learn about -- and learn FROM -- some of the most promising startups our city has to offer. 3 Startups will be selected to pitch4-Minute Pitch and Slide PresentationEach presenter will receive six minutes of discussion and feedback from the panel of Investors, Mentors and SMEs.


Academic Partners

The Ion Academic Network is bringing together ten of Houston's two-and four-year secondary educational institutions to offer collaborative programming. Five pilot programs are currently in development:

Center for Internship and Externship in Technology Companies
Shared Experiential Learning Opportunities
Startup Services Center
Collaborative Community Arts and Outreach
STEAM Mentorship for Youth and Workforce Development