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10+ can't-miss Houston business and innovation events online in March
March marks a full year of attending online events — from Zoom panels to virtual conferences. But, the shows must go on with another month full of online innovation and startup events that Houston innovators need to know about.
Here's a roundup of virtual events not to miss this month — from workshops and webinars to summits and pitch parties. Note: This post might be updated to add more events.
March 1-5 — CERAWeek by IHSMarkit
In lieu of the week-long, in-person mega-conference that is the annual CERAWeek by IHSMarkit, the 2021 iteration will be completely virtual. Need some ideas of what panels and talks not to miss? Click here for five recommendations of what to attend.
The conference takes place Monday, March 1, to Friday, March 5. Click here to register.
March 2 — Houston Innovates: Digital transformation and Innovation in Oil & Gas
Digital forces are changing the skills an executive needs to manage organizations. In a world that's become increasingly digital, energy companies can sometimes find it hard to adapt. Join General Assembly Houston for a panel discussion with:
- Sameer Khan, digital leader (MarTech and Transformation) at ExxonMobil
- Sarah Vega, vice president of IT & Change at SmartestEnergy
- Ricky Burns, business transformation team lead at BP
- Jose Beceiro, senior director of Global Energy 2.0 at the Greater Houston Partnership
The event is on Tuesday, March 2, at 9:30 am. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
March 2 — Ladies Who LaUNCH #13: The Female Superpower
In 2020, 40 percent of US businesses were owned by women and generated $1.8 trillion. With these numbers in mind, it comes as no surprise that the presence of women in entrepreneurship and investing is growing.
Why do women-led companies financially outperform their male counterparts? And what are the "female superpowers" behind our ability to excel in these fields? Join featured speaker, Megan Bent, as she explores the research, data, and her own experience in the importance of female leadership in entrepreneurship and investing, and how to leverage your differences to your advantage.
The event is on Tuesday, March 2, at noon. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
March 3 — What's Next in Crypto?
Baker Botts and TeamBlockchain are hosting a webinar discussing trends in cryptocurrency. Key speakers from the sector include:
- Ali Dhanani, partner at Baker Botts
- Sarah Beaumont, associate at Baker Botts
- Jonny Fry, co-founder & CEO at TeamBlockchain Ltd
- Spencer Randall, principal & co-founder at CryptoEQ
- Ankush Jain, chief investment officer at Aaro Capital
The event is on Wednesday, March 3, at 11 am. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
March 9 — Investing in Medical Devices
Join the Texas HALO Fund for a conversation with three of the fund's portfolio companies: Adient Medical, Allotrope Medical, and PathEx.
The event is on Tuesday, March 9, at noon. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
March 10 — Open Project Night: Achieving Gender Equality in Houston and Beyond
Impact Hub Houston is bringing you a monthly opportunity to come together to work on solutions for some of Houston's most pressing issues. Our city is full of changemakers across all ages, cultures, skillsets, and industries. This is your chance to conned and collaborate for the greater good.
The event is on Wednesday, March 10, at 5 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
March 10 — Conversations with Latinx Entrepreneurs in Houston
Latinx entrepreneurs are starting small businesses faster than the rest of the startup population and becoming a bigger part of the total U.S. market every day. Join General Assembly for a panel of Houston Latinx leaders as they share stories about their heritage, failures and success.
The event is on Wednesday, March 10, at 6 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
March 11 — How to Sell Without Being "Salesy"
In celebration of Women's History Month, Catherine Brown and Leela Madan, both serial entrepreneurs and founders of Houston-based Founder's Compass offer their advice on selling your business.
The event is on Thursday, March 11, at 10 am. It's $30 and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
March 11 — Inspire Seminar with Leslie Wise
Join Enventure for a talk and Q&A with the president and principal consultant of Evidence Matters, Leslie Wise. Inspire is one part of Lilie's three-program career exploration series. The goal of Inspire is to share an individual's career journey so that trainees can see one of the many paths that can be taken, learn about the reality of working in these fields, and gain valuable advice from key leaders to better prepare themselves for their own career journey.
The event is on Thursday, March 11, at noon. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
March 16-20 — SXSW
Another conference is pivoting to virtual attendance this year. SXSW has flipped the switch to being online only for 2021. SXSW's seven conference themes are A New Urgency; Challenging Tech's Path Forward; Cultural Resilience in the Arts; The Rebirth of Business; Transforming the Entertainment Landscape; Connection in Disconnection; and An Uncharted Future. Stay tuned to InnovationMap for a Houston innovator's guide to the conference.
The conference takes place Tuesday, March 16, to Saturday, March 20. Click here to register.
March 17 — Top Legal Considerations for Startups
Join Rice University's Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for a session with corporate and securities lawyer Aaron Barker, who specializes in advising companies from formation to exit, will give you the inside knowledge to help you launch your venture, and possibly save you from making a rookie mistake.
The event is on Wednesday, March 17, at 4 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
March 23 — Igniting Leadership: Elevating Professionalism
Join Ignite's conversation between Board Member Kelli Newman and Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Ellen Friedman focus on insights the Director of BCM's Center for Professionalism has to share. In addition to the importance of emotional intelligence, practical methods for addressing problems before they escalate and professionalism for "women in a man's field," Dr. Friedman will answer your questions with practical advice for elevating your own professionalism.
The event is on Tuesday, March 23, at 6 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.
March 24 — 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, March 24, at 6 pm. It's free and can be accessed online. Click here to register.