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Station Houston and TMCx hosted over 80 investors at the kick-off to the Houston Investor Catalyst Series, a new initiative focused on highlighting startup and innovation investment opportunities in Houston. Through a series of panel discussions and pitches from three local startups, attendees walked away with a better understanding of the importance of a strong local innovation ecosystem and how to tap into it.

“Houston is the 4th largest city and 5th largest metro area in the country. But when it comes to startup investment, we’re not even ranked in the top 30. Investment education is a critical piece of our larger vision of transforming Houston into a leading technology hub,” said John “JR” Reale, Station Houston co-founder & CEO.

Panelists included Reale; Erik Halvorsen, Director of TMC Innovation Innovation Institute; Patrick Lewis, President of the Houston Angel Network; as well as local startup entrepreneurs-turned-investors Rakesh Agrawal, founder of SnapStream Media; and Larry Lawson, founder and chairman of HeartCor Solutions.

“What we know about Houston is that we have a lot of capital, we have great people, but we also have a hard time connecting,” said panelist moderator Angela Shah, editor of Xconomy.

Station Houston and TMCx hope to increase the number of startups receiving seed and early stage venture funding through this series by providing in-depth startup investment education and a platform for local startup founders to connect with the investor community. Future programs in the series will focus on risk management, what to look for in potential investments, and how to get connected to the startup ecosystem.

Startup pitches were presented by Cody Falcon, VP of Customer Operations at Arundo Analytics; Alexander Pastuzak, CEO of ConsultLink; and Katherine Chambers, Founder of The Right Place. All presenting startups are members of either Station Houston or the TMCx accelerator program.

To learn more about the series and find out how you can participate, please contact Meghan Zarate at meghan@stationhouston.com.

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