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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 & Resilient Cities Accelerator
The Ion Smart & Resilient Cities Accelerator and Prototyping Lab addresses the needs of Houston’s people by deploying technology into existing infrastructure and civic fabric that further strengthens the city.

The Accelerator and Prototyping Lab are supported by Microsoft, Intel, Station Houston, TX/RX, a nonprofit makerspace, and the City of Houston. 

Startups in the first cohort leverage this support, as they tackle Houston’s transportation, resiliency, and other needs, such as flow of information, data analysis and engagement, infrastructure, prototyping and develop their solutions. 

The Ion Smart Cities Accelerator and Prototyping Lab draws its strength from Houston’s imaginative, innovative, and inspirational ecosystem; complementing the Mayor’s efforts to connect ideas, people, and communities and making our ecosystem even more robust.



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Startups in the first Cohort 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