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Software Day at the Ion: From Seed to Success

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




June 11, 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.

The June event will cover the topic from “Seed to Success.” Hear a fireside chat with Houston-based Brassica founder & CEO, Youngro Lee, moderated by Samantha Lewis, partner at Mercury. Following the fireside chat, a panel of fintech founders will host an AMA (ask me anything) for audience questions! 

Each month will include a new speaker and topic covering the latest trends and breakthroughs in software technology and practical advice for founders. From AI to blockchain and guidance on fundraising, explore topics that are relevant for your company’s journey. The first event in May was a panel discussing “Raising Seed Capital in Uncertain Times.

Afterward, join us for 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 venture.

 Apply for Office Hours:

Prior to the fireside chat, 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 to participate here.

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




1:00 – 1:30 PM
Office Hour Registration
1:30 – 3:30 PM
Private Office Hour (Apply in advance)
3:30 – 4:00 PM
Check-In for Public Fireside Chat
4:00 – 4:30 PM
Fireside Chat: Samantha Lewis & Youngro Lee
4:30 - 5:00 PM
AMA: Questions from the audience to panel of fintech founders
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.



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