5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week
Editor's note: Houston had money on its mind this week with a new female-focused fund doling out its first investment to Houston having a record quarter for VC funds. Also trending was the news of Houston ranking high on the list of large metros that are great for startups and three University of Houston researchers who are re-envisioning brain treatment and technologies.
New Houston venture capital firm makes first investment
The Artemis Fund, which focuses on providing access to capital to women-led companies, made its first investment. Getty Images
The new female-founded venture capital fund that launched in Houston in April has made its first investment. The Artemis Fund led Burbank, California-based U-Nest's $2 million Seed round.
U-Nest is a user-friendly app that allows for users to create a 529 college savings plan in less than five minutes and $25. This tool provides access to financial tools that previously were only available to wealthy families who could afford financial advisers. Continue reading the story.
3 Houston innovators to know this week
From smart home technology to higher education institutions, these leaders are pushing forward innovation in Houston. Courtesy photos
Another week, another set of Houston innovators to keep your eye on. This week's edition crosses retail technology with higher education — both on this planet and beyond.
From tech that's orbiting the planet to tech that's in your very home, here are the Houston-based innovators to know. Continue reading the story.
Houston sees massive growth in startup venture capital investments
The most exciting part of this Texas startup funding roundup is that Houston brought in more dollars than Dallas. Getty Images
When it comes to startup funding, Texas saw only a small jump in startup investments made, according to Crunchbase. However, when you look at funds coming into Houston companies, the Bayou City's numbers soared.
Houston raked in $251 million of the state's total $817.9 million for the second quarter. Last quarter, the city posted a mere $44.7 million of investment into local startups, which was previously a huge drop from the $121.4 million reported in Q4 2018, according to Crunchbase. Continue reading the story.
3 ways University of Houston researchers are innovating brain treatments and technologies
Three UH researchers are revolutionizing the way we think the brain works. Andriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images
While a lot of scientists and researchers have long been scratching their heads over complicated brain functionality challenges, these three University of Houston researchers have made crucial discoveries in their research.
From dissecting the immediate moment a memory is made or incorporating technology to solve mobility problems or concussion research, here are the three brain innovations and findings these UH professors have developed. Continue reading the story.
Houston named among the best large cities for early-stage startups
Houston came in at No. 5 for best cities — with populations of more than 1 million residents — for startups. Photo by Tim Leviston/Getty Images
When it comes to cities with over a million residents, Houston's at the front of the pack, according to a new study. But, there's a catch.
Last month, Commercial Cafe rounded up the 20 top cities for early-stage startups and entrepreneurs, and Houston missed the list. Now, the commercial real estate blog has broken down the data into three top ten lists based on city size, and Houston has claimed the No. 5 spot on the list of cities with 1 million or more residents. Continue reading the story.