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Mingle and Mentor Lounges

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Category: FinTech, FoodTech, Founders & Startups, MedTech/HealthTech, Networking, Web 3.0




October 16, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT


4201 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002


Need advice on your next innovative idea? Want to join an industry-related and tech-enabled community? Chat with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) or join your Ion Mingle Community!

On the Third Monday of the month, come to the Ion’s Academic Flex Space from 5 to 5:30 pm to connect with Ion SMEs in 1:1 or small group sessions. Our SMEs specialize in a range of topics, including Communication & Team Transformation, Storytelling, Marketing & Branding, Pitch Deck Preparation, Product Development, and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. While not every SME will be available every Third Monday, come prepared with your questions to make the most of this event, and feel free to connect with our SMEs using their LinkedIn profiles provided below!

At the same time, check out Ion’s Mingle Lounges. Lounges run from 5 to 6 pm in the classrooms surrounding the Flex Space. These Lounges are a great place to connect with fellow founders, innovators, entrepreneurs, SMEs, researchers, and corporates! Typically, each Lounge will have a featured speaker who shares their story and expertise. Make sure to follow Mingle Leaders’ and Ion’s social media for announcements regarding speakers and the frequency of Mingle Lounges. Mark your calendar and get ready to innovate, collaborate, and network!

Every better way needs a place to begin. Start here.

Ion SMEs include:

Ion Mingle Lounges include: 

October Speakers: 

  • Intellectual Property: Hannah Edlund, Phillip E. Page – Have a trademark? Learn what’s next. Featuring the free legal clinic trademark assistance program from South Texas College of Law.
  • Med & Health Tech: Dr. Alan Lumsden, Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery and Chair of the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston Methodist 
  • FinTech: Schirell Sidney, Senior Manager, United Way of Greater Houston – Financial Stability
  • Transportation, Supply Chain, Logistics: Jordan Frisby, Business Process Manager, Port Houston
  • EdTech: Adeeb Barqawi, CEO, ProUnitas Inc.; Patra Brannon-Isaac, Director of Education & Community Projects, Kinder Foundation; David Holmes, Director, S&P Global



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.

Information and access to pay online for parking in the red lot – https://iondistrictprd.wpenginepowered.com/visit/getting-here/