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3 Houston innovators to know this week

This week's roundup of Houston innovators includes Kimon Angelides of FemTec Health, Sandy Guitar of HX Venture Fund, and Jill Chapman of Insperity. Courtesy photos

Editor's note: In this week's roundup of Houston innovators to know, I'm introducing you to three local innovators across industries — from venture capital to femtech — recently making headlines in Houston innovation.

Kimon Angelides, CEO of FemTech Health

Dr. Kimon Angelides, a serial entrepreneur in Houston, joins the Houston Innovators Podcast to discuss how he plans to disrupt women's health and beauty. Photo courtesy

Founded in 2020 by Kimon Angelides, FemTec Health is creating a holistic approach to women's health in both a B2B and a direct-to-consumers capacity. He explains on the Houston Innovators Podcast that most treatment for women is centered around age, rather than the type of health care they are looking for and need.

"Women don't really have a program that's designed for them," Angelides says on the show. "We embarked in terms of building a platform and a company that would be a single destination for women — one that's not age specific but built around journeys." Click here to continue reading.

Sandy Guitar, managing director of HX Venture Fund

Sandy Guitar of HX Venture Fund explains how they're working with out-of-town VCs to fund Houston companies in a recent Q&A. Photo courtesy

Last week, the HX Venture Fund — a fund of funds that makes investments as a limited partner in venture capital funds across the country — hosted Washington D.C.-based Revolution Ventures in Houston to introduce the firm to local entrepreneurs. Tige Savage, co-founder and managing partner of Revolution Ventures, and Sandy Guitar, managing partner of HX Venture Fund, join InnovationMap for a Q&A about how the two organizations are working together to put funding in the hands of Houston tech entrepreneurs.

"This is our second event this year already, and we've done about half a dozen of these so far of what we call VC engage days," Guitar says. "The idea of the VC engage day is to really connect all of our communities together." Click here to read more.

Jill Chapman, senior performance consultant with Insperity

Gen Z is predicted to represent more than 25 percent of the workforce by 2025 — here's how you can prepare your workplace for their imminent arrival. Photo courtesy of Insperity

Gen Z workers — they are coming. In a guest column for InnovationMap, Jill Chapman, senior performance consultant with Insperity, shares tips on preparing your workplace for the future.

"As business leaders prepare for an influx of Zoomers in the workplace by promoting mission/values, employee well-being, DEI and technology, they are also making significant strides toward improving the work environment, which leads to increased employee engagement, retention and performance for sustained business success." Click here to read more.

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Houston's premier innovation event is fast approaching, and you'll want to be there. Pumps & Pipes brings together pioneers across aerospace, energy, and medicine for cross-industry discussions and collaborations, and it's happening at Ion on December 5 from 8 am-3 pm.

As an organization, Pumps & Pipes has been around for 15 years and developed out of Houston Methodist's Debakey Heart & Vascular Center. This year, the event is undergoing a complete rebrand and is the first in-person symposium since 2019 — meaning it will be the biggest and best gathering yet.

As the event's official media partner, InnovationMap is here to give you a sneak peek of what to expect.

The agenda
  • 7-8 am: Doors open to registration, networking, and breakfast
  • 8 am-12 pm: Speaker sessions — the full list of speakers will be announced soon!
  • 12-3 pm: Lunch, exhibit hall showcase, satellite sessions, and networking

Key themes for this year include robotics, XR (extended reality), AI (artificial intelligence), and Web3.

The history
On a flight out of Houston, a cardiovascular surgeon and the passenger next to him, a drilling engineer, struck up a conversation about their respective professions, discussing a range of topics from blood vessels to extended-reach wells.

As the exchange progressed, the surgeon and engineer realized that underneath the specialized verbiage of each of their industries — whether drilling for oil or performing heart surgery — it’s all a matter of pumps and pipes.

This annual event brings together innovators in the energy, medical, academia, and aerospace industries, as well as venture capitalists and equipment manufacturers, to exchange ideas and explore crossover technologies. Anyone engaged in innovation, tech development, startups, venture capital, and academia should attend this legacy event.

Tickets and other ways to get involved
  • General admission tickets are $50.
  • VIP tickets, which include preferred parking and seating at the event, exclusive tours at Ion, NFT artwork, and more are $100.
  • Exhibitor booths are available in three sizes and range from $600-$1,200.
  • Sponsorship opportunities are still available — contact info@pumpsandpipes.com for more information.

Follow Pumps & Pipes on social media at LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube, and don't forget to purchase tickets early for this enlightening day of discussion, networking, and learning.

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