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Houston soars as a small biz hub, innovators to know, and more trending news

Here's what Houston innovation news trended this week. Photo courtesy

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 a roundups of 2023's top stories, Houston recognized as a hub for small businesses, and more.

Houston ranks among best U.S. metros to start a small business, per report

This is a Houston resident's sign to launch that small business they've been dreaming of. Photo by Mickey Dziwulski on Unsplash

Houstonians whose New Year's resolution is to start their own small business will be happy to learn they're in the right city to do it. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land has been ranked among the 25 best metropolitan areas to start a small business in a new report. Continue reading.

3 Houston innovators to know this week

This week's roundup of Houston innovators includes Moji Karimi of Cemvita Factory, Thomas Vassiliades of BiVACOR, and Veronica Wu of First Bight Ventures. Photos courtesy

Editor's note: In this week's roundup of Houston innovators to know, I'm introducing you to three local innovators across industries recently making headlines in Houston across biotech and medical device. Continue reading.

5 most-read startup feature stories of 2023

Health tech, drones, breast milk freeze drying — all this innovation and more is coming out of Houston startups. Courtesy photos

Editor's note: As the year comes to a close, InnovationMap is looking back at the year's top stories in Houston innovation. This past year, InnovationMap featured profiles on dozens of these Houston startups — from health tech to drone companies. Here are five Houston startup features that stood out to readers this year. Continue reading.

City approves $5.5M investment for Houston flight school

Texas Southern University got the greenlight for funding for its flight academy. Photo courtesy of Houston Airport System

Houston City Council approved Houston Airports to use $5.5 million from its Airport Improvement Fund to build the Texas Southern University Flight Academy at Ellington Airport.

The new facility will add to student learning with TSU’s aviation program and internships. Construction will begin in May of 2024 with an expected completion of May 2025.

"The investment in this facility allows Houston to remain at the forefront of supporting the rapid growth of the air transportation industry in the United States,” Mayor Sylvester Turner says in a news release. “I am honored that the City of Houston is taking the initiative to build this facility, which will provide numerous opportunities for Houstonians in the future." Continue reading.

Editor's Picks: 7 favorite Houston Innovator Podcast episodes of 2023

The ultimate who's who of 2023 — these are our favorite Houston Innovators Podcast guests of last year. Photos courtesy

Editor's note: In 2023, I recorded 50 episodes of the Houston Innovators Podcast — a weekly discussion with a Houston innovator, startup founder, investor, and more. I've rounded up seven podcast episodes that stood out for me looking back at the year of recordings. Scroll through to see whom I selected and stream their individual episodes, and tune into the last episode of the year where I explain why I enjoyed each conversation. Continue reading.

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