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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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Vanessa Wyche, director of the Johnson Space Center, gave the keynote address at this year's State of Space event. Screenshot via houston.org

Is the Space City poised to continue its reign as an innovative hub for space exploration? All signs point to yes, according to a group of experts.

The Greater Houston Partnership hosted its annual State of Space this week. The virtual event featured a keynote address from Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA Johnson Space Center, and a panel moderated by David Alexander, chair of aerospace and aviation committee at the GHP and the director of the Rice Space Institute.

The conversations focused on the space innovation activity happening in Houston, as well as an update on the industry as a whole has space commercialization continues to develop. All the speakers addressed how Houston has what it takes to remain a hub for the sector.

"The future looks very bright for Houston that we will remain a leader in Houston spaceflight," Wyche says in her address.

Here are a few other memorable moments from the event.

"Houston, I feel, is poised to be a leader. We have led in human space flight, and we will a leader in commercialization."

— Wyche says in her keynote address, which gave a thorough overview of what all NASA is working on at JSC. She calls out specifically how startups are a driving force in commercialization. JSC is working with local accelerator programs at The Ion and MassChallenge.

"These startups help us to connect to tomorrow's space innovation leaders, and gives our team the opportunity to mentor these entrepreneurs as we work to advance both our scientific and technical knowledge," she says.

"The ability to have a place where government, academia, and industry can come together and share ideas and innovation is incredibly powerful."

​— Steve Altemus, president and CEO of Intuitive Machines LLC, specifically talking about the Houston Spaceport, where Intuitive Machines has signed on as a tenant. Altemus adds that a major key to leading space commercialization is a trained workforce, which the spaceport is focused on cultivating.

"We shouldn't discount the character that Houston has from the standpoint as a great place to build a business."

— Tim Kopra, vice president of robotics and space at MDA Ltd., says, adding that Houston is a big city that feels like a small town. "We need to incentivize companies to come and stay," he says.

"Great cities — like great companies — understand that if you're still, you're probably moving backwards. ... I think Houston gets it in that regard."

— Todd May, senior vice president of science and space at KBR, says, adding that Houston realizes it needs to be on the offensive side to bring innovation to the game, positioning the city very well for the future.

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