5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week
Editor's note:Another week has come and gone, and it's time to round up the top headlines from the past few days. Trending Houston tech and startup news on InnovationMap included innovators to know, Houston see's more cleantech funding, and more.
3 Houston innovators to know this week
This week's roundup of Houston innovators includes Jason Pesterfield of Optellum, Jane Stricker of HETI, and Michael Lee of Octopus Energy. Photos courtesy
Editor's note: In this week's roundup of Houston innovators to know, I'm introducing you to three local innovators across industries — from health tech to clean energy — recently making headlines in Houston innovation. Read more.
Houston health startups make most promising list, clean energy co. wins award, and more news
Rice University and Houston Methodist have teamed up to fund life science research — and more Houston innovation news you need to know. Image courtesy of Rice
Houston startup news has still been full speed ahead, despite the year coming to a close, and there might be some headlines you may have missed.
In this roundup of short stories within Houston startups and tech, a climatetech leader steps down, two digital health companies have been recognized internationally, and more. Read more.
Report: Houston sees $250M in cleantech investments so far this year
"Houston is literally putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to leading the energy transition," the report reads. Image via Getty Images
Houston is cleaning up when it comes to cleantech investments.
Through the first three quarters of 2022, companies in Houston invested a combined $250 million in cleantech, according to new data from professional services firm Deloitte. In terms of the size of ESG deals in Houston this year, 55 percent have been valued at $50 million and above, Deloitte says.
“Houston is literally putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to leading the energy transition,” Deloitte says. Read more.
Houston innovation hub expands coworking space
The Ion has announced that it is adding an additional 28,000 square feet of coworking space. Photo courtesy of the Ion
The Ion has announced it will bring more coworking space to its facility.
The innovation hub in Midtown, which is owned and operated by Rice Management Company, expanded its partnership with Dallas-based Common Desk to the Ion’s fourth floor. The addition brings another 28,000 square feet of workspace to the building.
“When people work in an inspiring place that fosters community, going into work is exciting. The Ion’s experience with Common Desk proves it,” says Jan E. Odegard, executive director of the Ion. “This rapid expansion signals that the Ion is the place to be for growing organizations, and we will soon be releasing new programs that expand our value proposition for startups, investors, corporations, academic institutions, and the community." Read more.
Houston ranks as the top market for tech job growth
Houston saw the biggest year-over-year jump in tech job postings among the top 25 U.S. cities for tech job growth, according to this report. Photo via Getty Images
Houston is experiencing a boom in tech employment.
A recent report from Dice, a job platform for the tech industry, says Houston saw the biggest year-over-year jump in tech job postings among the top 25 U.S. cities for those postings.
From January through October this year, the number of tech job postings in Houston soared 45.6 percent versus the same period a year earlier. That compares with a 22.8 percent statewide increase during the same time span.
“Although sometimes overshadowed by the cachet of Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, Houston is absolutely a tech hub in its own right, attracting a mix of major tech companies and VC-backed startups to join its already established base of aerospace, defense, and energy companies,” Dice says. Read more.