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Growth-Stage VC: Behind the Dealmaking Curtain (Ion District Investor Activation Program)

Category: ClimateTech, Founders & Startups, Investors & Capital, Networking, Panel Dicussion




July 30, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CDT


4201 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002


Are you curious about the behind-the-scenes of growth-stage venture capital deals? Join Greentown Labs at The Ion for the next workshop in the Houston Ion District Investor Activation Program! In this session, we’ll be learning from our friends at Vinson & Elkins about growth-stage venture capital deals and the key terms investors, startups and their lawyers negotiate over the course of a VC transaction.

Together we will learn directly from Trevor Best, CEO of Syzygy Plasmonics, Ellen Wilkirson, a Houston-based growth-stage investor, and Michael Gibson, an Austin-based growth-stage and M&A attorney.

The Houston Ion District Investor Activation Program is helping to build an equitable startup ecosystem capable of rapid deployment by addressing a fundamental challenge: the region’s lack of funding for early-stage climatetech startups, especially for those led by underrepresented founders.

This program from Greentown Labs and The Ion brings early-stage investors from Greater Houston—a region playing a pivotal role in the energy transition—into the fold, offering education on climatetech investing, channeling a pool of capital to young startups, and catalyzing a thriving startup investment ecosystem that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Join the program here!

About the Speaker: Michael P. Gibson | People | Vinson & Elkins LLP

Michael advises clients on strategic and capital-raising transactions across a broad range of industries, including technology, renewable and sustainable energy, transportation and manufacturing. Michael has extensive experience with minority and growth equity investments (including preferred equity and convertible debt financings), as well as acquisitions, dispositions and sale-of-the-company transactions, and corporate reorganizations. He also regularly advises on corporate governance, securities law and other general corporate matters.

Michael represents a wide variety of enterprises, from public and private companies and their boards of directors, to private equity investors and their portfolio companies, and venture capital investors and emerging growth companies.

Michael was selected to be included in the BTI Client Service All-Stars list in 2022, where a client interviewee praised Michael in saying that he “is always on top of things for us.”

Questions? Please reach out to Greentown Labs Investor Program Manager, Dan Cliff (dcliff@greentownlabs.com).


5:00 pm – 5:15 pm:
Check-In & Networking
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm:
Panel Discussion
6:00 pm – 6:15 pm:
6:15 pm – 6:30 pm:
Networking & Event Concludes


Ion District Parking Garage

Enter 4111 Fannin Street into your GPS for directions directly to this parking garage, located a block from the Ion. Parking in the Ion District Garage is free for the first two hours.

Red Parking Lot

Enter 4203 Fannin Street into your GPS for directions directly to the red parking lot, located across the street from the Ion. This lot is for overflow guest parking and tenant parking and is free for the first three hours.

For information and access to pay online for parking in the red lot, click here.


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