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Growing Houston coworking space announces plans for new Galleria-area satellite

The Cannon – Post Oak will open on January 21, which is well ahead of its new space in West Houston that's currently under construction. Pictured is a rendering for the West Houston space. Courtesy of The Cannon

While The Cannon is currently in the midst of construction on its 120,000-square-foot space in West Houston, the coworking space has announced a new office that will open ahead its main campus.

The Cannon – Post Oak, located at 675 Bering Drive (near the Woodway Drive intersection), will open on January 21. The Cannon partnered with Houston-based commercial real estate group Griffin Partners to open the new location just west of The Galleria.

"The size and scale of Houston can create challenges for entrepreneurs and small businesses to make the trip out to our main campus, so we've recognized that it's increasingly important for us to grow our presence across the city and create more accessible solutions for Houston's entrepreneurs," says Founder and CEO Lawson Gow, son of David Gow, owner of InnovationMap's parent company Gow Media.

"We're especially thrilled to partner with an innovative group like Griffin Partners who shares our entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to Houston."

Griffin Partners has a portfolio of 4.5 million square feet Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas valued at over $750 million. The team is similarly excited, as the partnership marks the company's first foray into coworking space.

"We are excited to work with The Cannon and expand our offerings to include coworking space, allowing us to reach a brand new population and create new opportunities for Houston's entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups," says Edward Griffin, the company's president and CEO.

Community members from the off-campus site will be a part of The Cannon's overall community and will have access to Cannon events and can even have access to the main campus for a few days a month. The Cannon has various membership options.

The floor plan shows 16 offices available for renting, as well as both open and dedicated desks in a shared area. There's also a kitchen, one conference room, and two smaller meeting rooms in the floor plan. According to the website, members will have 24/7 access, a gaming room, and unlimited coffee and tea.


Via thecannonhouston.com

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ProUnitas is working to empower schools with the technology and training. Image via prounitas.org

As the learning landscape shifted from in-person to virtual, the ability to provide students with necessary support systems and resources became compromised. However, one Houston edtech company worked hard to close that gap.

ProUnitas, a Houston-based nonprofit, partnered with Thoughtworks, a global technology consultancy, to expand its PurpleSENSE platform to mobile. This partnership was ensured through significant private investment, including a one-time gift of $440,000 from the Kinder Foundation.

ProUnitas promises that this expansion will allow student support teams to take the power of PurpleSENSE with them on the go for easier, real-time response using the new PurpleSENSE mobile app.

"A mobile version of PurpleSENSE will empower student support teams to work more rapidly, efficiently and effectively towards their mission and goals," Chris Murphy, CEO of Thoughtworks North America, says in a news release.

Committed to ensuring that no students fall through the cracks, ProUnitas' purpose is focused on providing all students, including those most impoverished, with support services such as food assistance programs, mental health counseling, and after-school clubs.

"Every day many of our students carry the burden of poverty on their shoulders to school, and despite the availability of services, schools do not have the technology infrastructure necessary to connect students to resources in a coordinated way. We want to change this reality," says Adeeb Barqawi, president and CEO of ProUnitas, says in the release.

Engaged in similar work, the Kinder Foundation was a natural partner.

"The Kinder Foundation believes that children cannot succeed if they are juggling significant personal challenges," says Nancy Kinder, president and CEO of the Kinder Foundation, in the release. "As a result of the pandemic, we are seeing mental health and the impact of stress with fresh eyes. Now is the time to support our children and help them thrive and learn. We are proud to help elevate the work of ProUnitas to reach more schools and more students in this critical time of need."

In a press release, ProUnitas states that through these new mobile capabilities, up to 60 percent of administrative work in providing social service options is eliminated. It also shortens the response time for a student to be identified and receive services by 90 percent.

The expansion of PurpleSENSE to mobile is a critical step for ProUnitas to effectively support more schools and students.

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