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10 can't-miss Houston business and innovation events for March
It's time to look at what's on the agenda for Houston innovators for the month of March — a busy one, from the end of Tech Rodeo and the start of CERAWeek, plus many more things to add to your calendars.
Note: This post might be updated to add more events.
March 2 — CodeLaunch Houston
Improving is hosting CodeLaunch Houston — a high energy startup pitch competition — which will round out Houston Tech Rodeo, which is taking place from Monday, February 17, through Thursday, March 2. Check out the finalists here.
The event is Thursday, March 2, from 6 to 9 pm, at 713 Music Hall. Click here to register.
March 4 — Softeq Chili Showdown
Softeq is hosting its chili cookoff event and official after-party of Houston Tech Rodeo. The event will include the broader Houston community, drive awareness of startup development resources available to the community, demonstrate new technology, feature local culture, and promote local startup job creation, all while benefiting Lemonade Day, a fun, experiential program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their very own business.
The event is Saturday, March 4, from 10 am to 2 pm, at Truck Yard Houston. Click here to register.
March 6 — Energy Workforce of the Future Summit
At this year's summit, Ally Energy will unveil the Energy Workforce Outlook study on workforce transition and hear from leaders, policymakers, startup CEOs, investors, and innovators about how to take all energy forward.
The event is Monday, March 6, from 8 am to 2 pm, at The Petroleum Club of Houston. Click here to register.
March 6 — Transition on Tap at Greentown Labs
Transition On Tap is Greentown Labs' monthly networking event devoted to fostering conversations and connections among the climate and energy transition ecosystem in Houston and beyond. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and friends of climatetech are invited to attend, meet colleagues, discuss solutions, and engage with our growing community.
The event is Monday, March 6, at 5 pm, at Greentown Houston. Click here to register.
March 6-10 — CERAWeek by S&P Global
CERAWeek by S&P Global returns to downtown Houston. The annual conference brings energy leaders from around the world to discuss the industry's trends and future. The Agora track focuses on the future of energy, which includes clean energy and innovation.
The conference is Monday, March 6, to Friday, March 10, at The George R. Brown Convention Center. Click here to register.
March 7 — Energy Tech Venture Day
The Rice Alliance Energy Venture Day is a fast-paced event connecting nearly 40 energy ventures with venture capitalists, corporate innovation groups, industry leaders, academics and service provider. Ventures will give 3-minute pitches with a networking reception so you can meet the energy ventures and learn more about their technologies.
The event is Tuesday, March 7, from 3 to 6:30 pm, at Rice University. Click here to register.
March 8 — Navigating Careers: Insights & Inspiration from Women Who Have Done It All
In today’s career landscape for C-level leaders, directors, university innovators, entrepreneurs, and founders, what does success look like? How do women navigate barriers, turn challenges into opportunities, and tackle whatever comes their way with poise and confidence? Join us at the Ion for a panel featuring high-profile women thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers--all on top of their field and all with incredible journeys and stories. These women will share their wisdom and wit in authentic ways. A not-to-miss panel, followed by breakout room discussions with each panelist!
The event is Wednesday, March 8, from 8:30 to 11 am, at the Ion. Click here to register.
March 8 — International Women’s Day Luncheon
This luncheon aims to celebrate womanhood while acknowledging and getting inspired for the challenge of promoting progress.
The event is Wednesday, March 8, from 11 am to 2 pm, at Sesh Coworking. Click here to register.
March 9 — Dream Big Ventures Investor Studio Series: Energizing Latino/a Investors
Join the Ion for a fireside chat with Dream Big Ventures Founder & CEO Staci LaToison, and Angeles Investors CEO & Board President David Olivencia, to discuss trends in venture capital and angel investing, and how they are helping increase access to capital for underrepresented founders.
The event is Thursday, March 9, from 5 to 7 pm, at the Ion. Click here to register.
March 10 — TMC Innovation: Federal Health Innovation Day
TMCi is hosting a Federal Health Innovation Day with participation from various federal government agencies focused on health care and innovation. There will be opportunity for face time with the representatives and food will be provided.
The event is Friday, March 10, from 8 am to 2 pm, at TMC Innovation. Click here to register.
March 10-19 — SXSW (in Austin)
Houston founders, investors, and other tech community members will make their way to Austin for SXSW, an interactive festival that is again bringing startup pitches, thought leadership, and more. The Greater Houston Partnership's Houston House returns on March 13 at the Fairmont Hotel, and will be open to badge holders.
The conference is Friday, March 10, to Sunday, March 19, in Downtown Austin. Click here to register.
March 27-28 — Mission Innovate: Reimagining Space Technology to Solve Today’s Challenges
Innovators from around the greater Houston area will convene for a two-day event to innovate, disrupt, and create commercial space companies. Entrepreneurs will work with licensable intellectual property from NASA’s IP portfolio to solve some of the largest problems facing the industry. Experienced and first-time founders will form teams, ideate, and pitch their ideas to renown technology entrepreneurs, including members of the innovation teams at NASA! As part of the event, teams will be taught critical startup methodologies, advised by experienced business leaders, and network with an entire community that dreams of shaping the commercial space industry.
The event is Monday, March 27, to Tuesday, March 28, at The Cannon West Houston. Click here to register.
March 29 — The Cannon Fish Creek Grand Opening Party
Celebrate the opening of The Cannon Fish Creek, which is located in Montgomery, Texas, within the Woodforest community.
The event is Wednesday, March 29, from 4 to 6 pm, at The Cannon Fish Creek. Click here to register.