Vision
The Ion is a nucleus for innovation in Houston, fostering an inclusive community and culture where entrepreneurs, academic institutions, and corporations come together to solve some of the world’s greatest problems.

At the time of its opening in 1939, the Sears building was Houston’s largest department store with state-of-the-art features including air conditioning and the city’s first escalator. The building, with its stylish art deco exterior, quickly became a landmark in the city.

As The Ion, this historic building will reclaim its place as a thriving center of activity bringing Houston’s entrepreneurial, corporate and academic innovators together and creating new opportunities for everyone in the community.

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