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 updates from Houston startups, a new program at the Ion, and more.
3 Houston organizations announce strategic appointments
Here are three of the latest updates on new hires and promotions from these Houston organizations. Photos courtesy
It's been a busy year so far for Houston organizations — three of which have made new appointments to their leadership.
In this round up of movers and shakers in Houston innovation, a venture capital firm names its newest principal, an astronaut gets a leadership role here at ground control, and a VR studio snags a leader to steer its growth. Read more.
Chevron, Microsoft back Houston-based clean energy program for BIPOC and female founders
DivInc is bringing another new accelerator program to Houston — this one is focused on clean energy. Photo via DivInc.com
A Texas-based accelerator is bringing its third diversity-focused program to Houston.
DivInc, a startup accelerator originating in Austin and established for people of color and women entrepreneurs, has announced that the title sponsors for the inaugural Clean Energy Accelerator are Chevron and Microsoft. The new program will join DivInc's existing accelerators — Women in Tech and Sports Tech — at the Ion.
"With Houston known as the energy capital of the world, DivInc has the opportunity to provide a pipeline of women, black, and latino-led high-growth, high-impact startups focused on clean energy," says Ashley DeWalt, DivInc Houston's managing director, in a news release. "We see this initiative ultimately driving a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive ecosystem within this clean energy transition sector for generations to come." Read more.
Houston space tech startup closes deal to IPO
Intuitive Machines will be listed on Nasdaq beginning tomorrow, February 14. Photo via intuitivemachines.com
It's official. This Houston company is live in the public market.
Intuitive Machines, a space tech company based in Southeast Houston, announced that it has completed the transaction to merge with Inflection Point Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company traded on Nasdaq.
“We are excited to begin this new chapter as a publicly traded company,” says Steve Altemus, co-founder, president, and CEO of Intuitive Machines, in a news release. “Intuitive Machines is in a leading position to replace footprints with a foothold in the development of lunar space. With our launch into the public sphere through Inflection Point, we have reached new heights financially and opened the doors for even greater exploration and innovation for the progress of humanity.” Read more.
The future of Texas’ digital economy is strong, according to a new study
Texas ranks in the top 10 states with promising digital economies. Photo via Getty Images
A new report from California-based software firm Tipalti ranks Texas in the top 10 for states with the best digital economy outlooks.
Based on findings from Indeed.com, the U.S. Census Bureau, The Computing Technology Industry Association, and BroadbanNow, the study looks at which states and countries are best prepared for future and continued shifts towards a more digitized world.
Texas was ranked ninth overall, with a score of 8.4 out of 10 for Tipalti’s digital economy score. The report based this score on a few criteria. Here’s what it found. Read more.
Houston space co. adds new adviser, startup named SXSW alternate, and more innovation news
Here's your latest roundup of innovation news you may have missed. Photo via Getty Images
Houston startup news is in full swing this year, and there might be some headlines you may have missed.
In this roundup of short stories within Houston startups and tech, Venus Aerospace makes an impressive appointment, a sportstech startup is headed to SXSW, and more. Read more.