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What Houston startups are hiring, new high tech athletics facility, and more trending innovation news

These Houston Innovation Awards finalists are hiring — and more trending tech and innovation news from this week. Photo via Getty Images

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 articles on InnovationMap included which Houston Innovation Awards finalists are hiring, Rice University's new athletics center, and more.

Looking for a job? These 2023 Houston Innovation Awards finalists are hiring

Want to work for one of the top startups in Houston? Some of the best in Houston are hiring. Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels

More than half of this year's startup finalists in the Houston Innovation Awards are hiring — who's looking for a job at one of the best startups in Houston?

When submitting their applications for the 2023 Houston Innovation Awards, which is taking place November 8 at Silver Street Studios, every startup was asked if it's hiring. Twenty-eight of the 36 startup honorees said yes, ranging from over 20 to just one positions open at each company. Read more.

Houston robotics company makes strategic acquisition in $34M deal

The acquisition is valued at $34 million. Photo via Nauticus Robotics

A Houston company that harnesses the power of robotics hardware and programing for underwater use has made an acquisition.

Nauticus Robotics Inc. (NASDAQ: KITT) announced it has acquired 3D at Depth Inc., a Colorado-based company with a subsea light detection and range, LiDAR, technology for inspection and data services. The deal closed for approximately $34 million in stock, before certain purchase price adjustments and the assumption of debt, per the news release.

“The future of subsea services lies in autonomy, data gathering, and analytics,” Nicolaus Radford, Nauticus’ founder and CEO, says in the release. “LiDAR has long since been core to terrestrial autonomy and by adding 3D’s capabilities to the Nauticus Fleet, we enhance autonomous vehicles in the offshore market. This acquisition increases the value of Nauticus’ fleet services and positions the Company to capitalize on data acquisition and analytics for subsea operations.” Read more.

Rice University, Houston Methodist launch state-of-the art human performance center

The interdisciplinary space aims to advance the study of exercise physiology, injury prevention and rehabilitation while serving Rice student athletes. Photo courtesy of Rice University

Rice University and Houston Methodist teamed up to open the new Center for Human Performance this month.

Located in Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse, just across the street from Houston Methodist's Texas Medical Center offices, the interdisciplinary space aims to advance the study of exercise physiology, injury prevention, and rehabilitation while serving Rice student athletes, according to a release from the university.

“The mission of the center is to enhance human physical performance for both patients and athletes through research, clinical and educational activities and a commitment to advancing technology,” Thomas Killian, dean of Rice's Wiess School of Natural Sciences, says. “The facility is new, but the partnership between its core members—the Department of Orthopedics at Houston Methodist, the Department of Kinesiology at Rice and Rice Athletics—is longstanding.” Read more.

TMC names latest cohort of health tech startups for upcoming bootcamp

Meet the latest global health tech startups to get an invite to Houston from TMC Innovation. Photo via

The Texas Medical Center's innovation arm has again invited a set of health tech startups to mix and mingle with potential partners, investors, and customers in hopes to score a place in the HealthTech Accelerator.

For the 17th time, the TMC Innovation Factory is hosting its HealthTech Accelerator — starting first with announcing its bootcamp cohort, a process that includes bringing all 10 companies to Houston for valuable networking. A selection of the bootcamp will be invited into the full accelerator that will run into next spring. Read more.

Houston's innovation leaders weigh in on community's growth, progress

Get to know the Houston innovation community's top ecosystem builders. Photos courtesy

This year's finalists in the Ecosystem Builder category for the Houston Innovation Awards have a lot to say about the city's innovation community — and they are the right ones to say it.

Selected as finalists for the newly created category, each of the five finalists are leaders for the Houston innovation ecosystem. They were each asked some questions about the development of the Houston tech and startup community. Here's what they had to say. Read more.

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