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10+ can't-miss Houston business and innovation events for August
From networking meetups to startup showcases, August has a smorgasbord of opportunities for Houston innovators.
Here's a roundup of events you won't want to miss out on so mark your calendars and register accordingly.
Note: This post may be updated to add more events.
August 1— Microsoft Lunch Event: The Business Case for Generative OpenAI
This event delves into the power of artificial intelligence, specifically OpenAI, and its potential to reshape the business landscape. This event aims to guide and inform professionals seeking to understand, adapt, and integrate AI into their business models.
9:30 to 10:00 am - Networking and coffee
10:00 am to 12:30 pm - Session starts
12:30 to 1:30 pm - Networking and lunch
This event is Tuesday, August 1, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at Microsoft Technology Center. Click here to register.
August 1 — Exploring Energy Investments: A Panel Discussion
In this panel-style discussion, experts will dive deep into the opportunities and challenges of investing in the future of energy. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the latest trends and innovations that are revolutionizing the renewable and nonrenewable energy landscape. From solar and wind to hydro and geothermal to oil, natural gas, and others, gain a comprehensive understanding of various energy sources and their impact on the environment, society, and your investment portfolio. After the presentation, in-person attendees will have the opportunity to pitch any deals they have to the audience.
This event is Tuesday, August 1, from 6 to 8:30 pm at Quest Trust. Click here to register.
August 2 — Solar Switch Houston Q&A Social Hour
Solar Switch Houston, a group buy program for rooftop solar panels and optional batteries offered for Houston-area residents, is offering a discussion panel to help homeowners and small businesses learn about installing rooftop solar and battery storage. Come for a question and answer social hour about Solar Switch Houston to get your solar questions answered. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.
This event is Wednesday, August 2, from 5 - 6 pm at United Way. Click here to register.
August 2 — Tenth Annual Bayou Startup Showcase
This annual event is a celebration of entrepreneurship, the newest startups and small businesses from Rice University and University of Houston accelerators, and the community supporting them. The showcase features 25 ventures from four accelerators: RED Labs, OwlSpark, RED Launch and BlueLaunch. You will be able to engage with these businesses, sign up for pre-orders, and buy products at their booths. Teams have recorded their pitches for you to learn about them in advance, watch during the event, or review afterward. RSVP now to receive updates and get early access to pitch videos, and confirm your spot at the event.
This event is Wednesday, August 2, from 5 to 8 pm at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Click here to register.
August 3 — Side Project Society: August 2023 Meeting
Side Project Society, a community for those with technical or non-technical side projects, is hosting their monthly meeting, giving opportunities for casual networking and connecting. Guest speaker Daniel Cohen, founder of RedShift Strategists, will also share his experiences building a startup around brand positioning and content strategy.
This event is Thursday, August 3, from 6 to 8 pm at Improving. Click here to register.
August 8 — Tech + Tequila Talk - Edtech
Blue People, a software consulting services firm, is hosting a happy hour for innovators and people who are passionate about technology. Mabast Ahmad, director of technology, will discuss his experience with full stack software development and how he uses his knowledge to help entrepreneurs raised MVP.
5:50 pm - Sign-in and registration
6 pm - Tequila tasting
6:30 pm - Tech talk
7:00 pm - Networking and tequilas
This event is Tuesday, August 8, from 6 to 8 pm at the Ion. Click here to register.
August 10 — Executive Angel: Economic Power of Diverse Founders
Join Executive Council Network and DivInc for an informative event focused on the Economic Power of diverse Founders. Research has shown that underrepresented founders face unique challenges in accessing funding and support, which can limit their ability to scale and grow their businesses.
This event will explore the economic power of diverse founders, discussing how they are driving innovation, creating jobs, and contributing to economic growth. DivInc’s expert speakers will share their experiences and insights on the economic power of underrepresented founders, discussing topics such as how to overcome the funding gap for diverse founders, the importance of mentorship and networking, and the role of diversity and inclusion in driving innovation and growth.
4 to 5 pm - Welcome and networking
5 to 6 pm - Fireside chat
6 to 6:30 pm - Closing and networking
This event is Thursday, August 10, from 4 - 6:30 pm at the Ion. Click here to register.
August 10 — GROW Community Meeting
Sponsored by Green Resources & Opportunities Workforce, this community meeting is opening a discussion about green economy resources & opportunities for disadvantaged groups to engage in the energy transition and climate action.
This event is Thursday, August 10, from 11am to 1 pm at Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center. Click here to register.
August 16-22 — Texas & Gulf Coast Science Entrepreneurs: A Guide to the Activate Fellowship
Activate, a hardtech-focused program, recently expanded into Houston looking to build upon the region’s energy leadership with a focus on enabling a low-carbon future.
Learn about the two-year Activate Fellowship, which provides early-stage science entrepreneurs with funding, technical resources, and support from a network of scientists, engineers, technologists, and fellow entrepreneurs. Join via Zoom to get an early opportunity to learn more about the Activate Fellowship, their plans for Texas, and get your questions answered.
This online event starts Wednesday, August 16 from 11 am to noon and goes through August 22. Click here to register.
August 18 — Asian Chamber of Commerce Business Conference and Lender Matchmaking 2023
The Asian Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual business conference, educating local business owners and entrepreneurs through resources in expanding capacity, growing operations, and building a footprint in Houston. Come listen to speakers share best practices on remaining competitive in today’s market. There will also be a lender matchmaking session administered by the SBA with over 15 approved SBA lenders for local small business owners.
8:30am - 9:00am Registration
9:00am - 12:00pm Business Conference
12:30pm - 3:00pm Lender Matchmaking
This event is Friday, August 18, from 8:30 am to 3 pm at Houston Community College. Click here to register.
August 28-30 — Industrial Immersive Week
The ultimate gathering of 500+ industrial, energy and engineering leaders from around the globe where the key challenges & solutions are addressed for the real-world industrial metaverse, including XR, 3D, AI, Reality Capture, Spatial Computing & Digital Twins.
The event is Monday, August 28, through Wednesday, August 30, at Omni Houston. Click here to register.
August 30 — Angel Investing in the Energy Sector
This event is sponsored by the Houston Angel Network and co-sponsored by Rice Alliance. There will be three panel sessions exploring what the energy sector needs from angel investors, including: The Greening of Conventional Oil, Gas & Power Generation; Challenges Faced by Energy Storage and Distribution; Angel Investment Considerations in the Energy Sector. There will also be four 10-minute presentations by startups in the energy sector. Admission is $100.
This event is Wednesday, August 30, from 8 am to 3 pm at Shell Auditorium. Click here to register.
August 30 — 2023 Energy Research Day
Energy Research Day will be a showcase of outstanding energy-related research by University of Houston graduate and post-doctoral students. Sponsored by the Division of Research and Graduate School, the event gives industries in the Greater Houston area a chance to see UH research up close and network with future collaborators.
This event is Wednesday, August 30, from 4 to 8 pm at the University of Houston in the Student Center South Ballroom. Click here to register.