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Software Day at the Ion: Raising Seed Capital in Uncertain Times

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Category: Founders & Startups, Investors & Capital, Keynote, Mentorship, Networking




May 14, 2024
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm CDT


4201 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002


Welcome to “Software Day at the Ion” – a program series hosted by the Ion and Mercury, where software founders can connect with mentorship at Houston’s HQ for innovation.

What is it: Software Day is a monthly series driving the support, inspiration, and connections needed to help startups on their path to rapid, sustainable growth. Each month, Software Day will include office hours (by application), a keynote session, and networking.

Join us as we bring together leading mentors, promising startups, and like-minded Houstonians focused on transformative software innovations.

The series kicks off on Tuesday, May 14th at the Ion with a panel discussion on “Raising Seed Capital in Uncertain Times” followed by a networking happy hour at Second Draught, brought to you by Gunderson Dettmer, where you can connect with fellow entrepreneurs, investors, and industry professionals, forging connections that could shape the future of your company.

Blair Garrou, Managing Director at Mercury, will kickoff the event. Heath Butler, Venture Partner at Mercury, will moderate the panel.


  • Devina Bhojwani, President and Co-Founder, STEAM on Demand
  • RaShaun Brown, CEO and Co-Founder, ScreenSkinz
  • Gaurav Khandelwal, CEO, Velostics

Prior to the panel discussion, a select group of early-stage software startups will participate in office hours. Over the course of 2-hours, first-time entrepreneurs looking for guidance or seasoned founders needing help tackling tough challenges will have access to a group of curated mentors from the Mercury network and gain insights and guidance tailored to their needs. Startups are invited to apply until May 6 for the May 14th event. The ideal profile of a company for this mentorship program is a pre-Series A software startup that is in the early stages of revenue generation. Interested startups are encouraged to submit their applications here. Each month, startups will be selected to participate in the mentor office hours.

Software Day at the Ion” isn’t just an event – it’s a catalyst for growth and collaboration. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of Houston’s thriving tech ecosystem.



1:00 – 3:30 PM
Private Startup Office Hours
3:30 – 4:00 PM
Check-In for Fireside Chat
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Fireside Chat
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Happy Hour at Second Draught


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 can be found here.