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8+ can't-miss Houston business and innovation events online in January
It's a whole new year, but Houston is cranking out the same great business and innovation-focused events.
Here's a roundup of virtual events not to miss this month — from workshops and webinars to summits and pitch parties. Note: This post will be updated to add more events.
January 6 — The New Relief Package - Explained by SBA
With the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, a $2.3 trillion spending bill, a new round of stimulus funding will soon be available. Join the Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce for a discussion with Tim Jeffcoat, Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Houston as we navigate what this means for small businesses and how you can apply for Paycheck Protection Programs and Economic Injury Disaster Loans as well as other SBA loans.
The event is on Wednesday, January 6, at 10 am. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
January 13 — How to Change Careers: Oil and Gas
The way we work is changing. Some might feel a stronger push to make a change. If you are looking for a career transition, I invite you to explore innovative career paths in energy and Oil & Gas. How can you pursue a career change during uncertainty? By leaning into the changes happening in the world. We are at a crossroads and many things will now evolve - let's contribute our skills, passion and drive to participate in this evolution.
The General Assembly event is on Wednesday, January 13, at noon. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
January 13 — Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures - Investment Directions in the new Energy Landscape
As 2021 begins, the world has seen dramatic volatility in the entire energy landscape, with demand for hydrocarbons seeing precipitous drops, while renewable energy investment has increased, as many countries across the world prioritize meeting the COP21 agreement and other ESG concerns. Jim Sledzik is the Managing Director of the North America team of Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures will discuss current and ongoing investment directions and themes for SAEV. He'll give insight to aspiring entrepreneurs on what are investable propositions for SAEV across the entire energy landscape.
The event is on Wednesday, January 13, at 4 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
January 14 — Plaza Tec: How We Made it Big
Learn from Latinx founders about their experiences accessing funding, using technology to grow/pivot, and hurdles they have overcome. This event is designed by The Ion to give you a set of tools and pathways to help you navigate your business and take advantage of technology to help you grow. Every business has failures. No business succeeds without some change of plan. Join us for a founders focus event on "How We Made It Big" to learn how to use resources available in the tech and innovation ecosystem to help your business grow.
The event is on Thursday, January 14, at noon. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
January 14 — Intro to Fundraising & Ask Me Anything: Defense Edition with Craig Cummings
Join Capital Factory virtually to hear an overview from experienced entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and angel investors at Intro to Fundraising & Ask Me Anything: Defense Edition. Get a chance to introduce yourself and ask any questions on funding and other related topics.
The event is on Thursday, January 14, at 2 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
January 16 — Enventure Basecamp - Business Building Workshop
Enventure's community-driven business building Basecamp series returns this October to support a local innovator with their healthcare venture. This event will be virtual. All experience levels are welcome, this is an excellent learning and networking opportunity.
The event is on Saturday, January 16, at 9 am. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
January 22 — The Village School's Innovation Day
The Village School's annual Innovation Day is a celebration of ideas and solutions created by students to tackle today's most pressing problems — such as designing solutions to live on Mars in zero gravity, composing and scoring music through computer software and high school entrepreneurs who are running their own businesses.
The event is on Friday, January 22, at 9 am. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
January 21 — Angel Investing 101 Series | Urban Capital Network
Join Urban Capital Network (UCN) and their special guest(s) who will talk about and share their experiences in early-stage investing. Target audience includes current and future investors interested in learning about early-stage angel investing and hearing first-hand experiences from talented and seasoned panelists, as well as entrepreneurs interested in learning more about the capital raising process and lifecycle.
The event is on Thursday, January 21, at 5:30 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
January 27 — Houston Startup Showcase
The Houston Startup Showcase is a flagship event from The Ion, formerly known as Demo Day. This event will allow for developing companies to receive feedback from subject matter experts and showcase their successes thus far. The event is a year-long series of monthly pitch competitions, and results in a final winner to close the series in November. Companies are encouraged to apply online to pitch.
The event is on Wednesday, January 27, at 6 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
January 28 — Building a More Inclusive Startup
Starting off with the first of a series of four DEI workshops, this interactive event, co-hosted by Greentown Labs and Aleria Research, will provide you actionable frameworks, tools, and resources to empower your team to build a more inclusive startup.
The event is on Thursday, January 28, at 11 am. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.