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10+ can't-miss Houston business and innovation events in June

Here's your one-stop shop for innovation events in Houston in June. Photo via Getty Images

This month, Houstonians have yet another good batch of online innovation events — from Zoom panels to virtual conferences — and you and your tech network need to know about them.

Here's a roundup of virtual events not to miss this month — like demo days, workshops, competitions, and more.

Note: This post might be updated to add more events.

June 10-11 — Interdisciplinary Symposium on Decision Neuroscience

The Interdisciplinary Symposium on Decision Neuroscience brings together a range of constituencies involved in the use of neuroscience techniques to understand decision making: world-renowned academics, neuroscience research companies, marketing research executives, and industry leaders. It offers an opportunity to learn, present and discuss the latest breakthroughs in using neuroscientific and physiological measures to inform decision making in individuals, groups, societies, organizations, and markets.

The event is on Thursday, June 10, to Friday, June 11. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.

June 11 — Enventure Venture Investment Panel

The 2021 Venture Investment Competition by Enventure is happening June 11th. VICE is a (virtual) venture investment competition where students will play the role of investors to perform diligence on our partnering startups and be judged by real venture capitalists. Enventure has over 100 participants competing and will see four teams make it to the finals. The competition is a closed event, but at the end of the competition, Enventure will be hosting a panel with the judges that will be broadcast publicly.

The event is on Friday, June 11, at 3 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.

June 14-16 — Super Demo Day

Announcing The Ion's SUPER DEMO DAY. Live from The Ion & The Ion Online. Catch 19 startups across three accelerators.

The event is on Monday, June 14, to Wednesday, June 16. It's free and can be accessed online and in person. Click here to register.

June 17 — LGBTQ+ in Tech

Capital Factory is calling for all LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, and allies in tech who support and invest in diversity and inclusion. Join the new LinkedIn Group to discuss takeaways, the session topics as well as future opportunities during and after the event.

The event is on Thursday, June 17, at 1:30 pm. It's free and can be accessed online or in person. Click here to register.

June 17 — Greentown Labs Investor Speaker Series: Spotlight on Houston

Greentown Labs is going to host its next Investor Speaker Series event at Greentown Houston. A rapidly unfolding energy transition will require a robust early-stage investment community to fund the creation of new technologies—and Houston is home to this type of vibrant investment ecosystem.

The hybrid event is on Thursday, June 17, at 3 p.m. It's free and can be accessed online or in person. Click here to register.

June 17 — Igniting Possibilities

Join us for stories of inspiration from winning CEOs of the Ignite Healthcare Network's Fire Pitch Competition as they share successes for overcoming challenges of the past year. Moderated by Susan Feigin Harris, Partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, the panel of solutions-driven women entrepreneurs will provide enlightening advice from what worked, what didn't work and the exciting plans they have for the future.

The virtual event is Thursday, June 17, at 6:30 pm. It's free with reservations required for accessing online. Click here to register.

June 17 — Investor Speaker Series: Spotlight on Houston

Join Greentown Labs virtually or in person for our next installment of our Investor Speaker Series.

A rapidly unfolding energy transition will require a robust early-stage investment community to fund the creation of new technologies—and Houston is home to this type of vibrant investment ecosystem. Hear from leaders of this community and how they are approaching investing in the companies and technologies that will power the energy transition.

The event is on Thursday, June 17, at 3 pm. It's free and can be accessed online or in person. Click here to register.

June 22 — Plug and Play Summer Summit 2021

Plug and Play's Summer Summit is quickly approaching and the Batch 8 startups are getting ready to showcase their progress and accomplishments. Catch the energy presentations on June 22, but there are other cohorts premiering between June 14 and June 24.

The event is on Tuesday, June 22, at 8 am. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.

June 23 — The Ion Innovation Summit: Future of Energy Tech presented by Baker Botts

The Ion's inaugural innovation summit will focus on the transformation of the energy sector – from digitalization to the investment landscape to support the energy transition. Hear from our three Founding Partners (Baker Botts, Chevron, and Microsoft), as well as other industry experts, investors, and innovation ecosystem supporters. This event will be virtual with the fireside chat broadcast live for the virtual audience from the forum stairs at The Ion.

The event is on Wednesday, June 23, at 11 am. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.

June 23 — Houston Startup Showcase: Energy Tech

The Ion's inaugural innovation summit will focus on the transformation of the energy sector – from digitalization to the investment landscape to support the energy transition. Join Baker Botts and The Ion to hear from three energy tech startups pitch their company and see who the judges will select to move on to the Final and have the opportunity to compete for a prize package.

The event is on Wednesday, June 23, at 6 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.

June 24 — ALUMNI 2021 H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge - Startup Competition

Support Rice alumni startups and join us virtually for the H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge Startup Competition. Rice-affiliated teams are competing for cash prizes. Watch pitches, network with the Rice entrepreneurship community, and vote for your favorite idea! Attendance is open to the Rice community and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The event is on Thursday, June 24, at 6 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.

June 26 — Understanding Success for Sales by Silver Brick Sales Solutions

Sales organizations oftentimes focus most heavily on the lagging indicators. They look almost exclusively at results while not organizing and measuring the leading indicators for sales success. The Cannon and Silver Brick Sales Solutions will discuss how to identify and focus on the leading indicators of attitude, behavior, and technique. By focusing on what you can control you can more reliably predict and improve your sales success.

The event is on Saturday, June 26, at 10 am. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.

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Here's your one-stop shop for innovation events in Houston this month. Photo via Getty Images

Houstonians are transitioning into a new summer month, and the city's business community is mixing in networking and conference events with family vacations and time off. Here's a rundown of what all to throw on your calendar for July when it comes to innovation-related events.

This article will be updated as more business and tech events are announced.

July 10 — Have a Nice Day Market at the Ion

Stop by for a one-of-a-kind vendor market - #HaveANiceDayHTX - taking place at the Ion, Houston's newest urban district and collaborative space that is designed to provide the city a place where entrepreneurial, corporate, and academic communities can come together. Free to attend and free parking onsite.

Have a Nice Day is a creative collective with a goal of celebrating BIPOC makers, creators, and causes.

The event is Sunday, July 10, 4 to 8 pm, at The Ion. Click here to register.

July 12 — One Houston Together Webinar Series

In the first installment of the Partnership's One Houston Together webinar series, we will discuss supplier diversity an often underutilized resource for business. What is it and why is it important? How can supplier diversity have long-term impact on your business, help strengthen your supply chain, and make a positive community impact?

The event is Tuesday, July 12, noon to 1 pm, online. Click here to register.

July 14 — Investor Speaker Series: Both Sides of the Coin

In the next installment of Greentown Labs' Investor Speaker Series, sit down with two Greentown founders and their investors as they talk about their experiences working together before, during, and after an equity investment was made in the company. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most important relationships in a startup’s journey and what best practices both founders and investors can follow to keep things moving smoothly.

The event is Thursday, July 14, 1 to 2:30 pm, online. Click here to register.

July 15 — SBA Funding Fair

Mark Winchester, the Deputy District Director for the Houston District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will give a short intro of the programs the mentors will discuss. There will be three government guaranteed loan mentors and two to three mentors co-mentoring with remote SBIR experts.

The event is Friday, July 15, 10:30 am to 1 pm, at The Cannon - West Houston. Click here to register.

July 16 — Bots and Bytes: Family STEAM Day

Join the Ion for a hands-on learning experience to learn about tech and robotics and gain insight into the professional skills and concepts needed to excel in a robotics or tech career. This event will be tailored for 9-14-year-olds for a fun STEM experience.

The event is Saturday, July 16, 10 am to 1 pm, at The Ion. Click here to register.

July 19 — How to Start a Startup

You have an idea...now what? Before you start looking for funding, it's important to make sure that your idea is both viable and valuable -- if it doesn't have a sound model and a market willing to pay for it, investors won't be interested anyway.

The event is Tuesday, July 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at The Ion. Click here to register.

July 20 — Perfecting Your Pitch

Join the Ion for their series with DeckLaunch and Fresh Tech Solutionz as they discuss the importance and value of your pitch deck when reaching your target audience.

The event is Wednesday, July 20, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, at The Ion. Click here to register.

July 21 — Transition On Tap: Investor Readiness with Vinson & Elkins LLP

Attorneys from Greentown Labs’ Gigawatt Partner Vinson & Elkins LLP, a leading fund- and company-side advisor for clean energy financing, will present an overview of legal considerations in cleantech investing, geared especially toward early-stage companies and investors. The presentation will cover the types of investors and deals in the cleantech space and also provide background on negotiating valuation, term sheets, and preparing for diligence.

The event is Thursday, July 21, 5 to 7 pm, at Greentown Houston. Click here to register.

July 28 — The Cannon Community 2nd Annual Town Hall Event

Partner of The Cannon, Baker Tilly, has played an integral part in the success of Cannon member companies. Join the Cannon community for The Cannon's 5-year anniversary celebration!

The event is Thursday, July 28, 4 to 7 pm, at The Cannon - West Houston. Click here to register.

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