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.
Yet investment in Houston’s innovation economy has lagged not only behind cities of similar size and stature, but also behind smaller cities.
The Ion, South Main Innovation District and the city of Houston are going to change that.
Houston has invested in world-class innovation, institutions, and amenities that create an environment to attract top talent and capital.
These investments have supported Houston's emergence as a tech hub, as the city now competes with more established tech economies like Austin for venture capital dollars.
Digital tech companies based in Houston
Houston’s status as best city for minority entrepreneurs