Ion entrepreneurial programs train founders, researchers, innovators, and corporate leaders to drive positive, disruptive societal change by building scalable enterprises. These programs teach skills, business development, startup skills—and more.
Innovation is an invitation to build the world you want to see.
Ion supports businesses at all stages of the innovation lifecycle and provides resources for those seeking to engage in the innovation ecosystem. We invite you to join our network and become a part of Houston’s HQ for innovation.
ACCEL, a new accelerator from Greentown Labs and Browning the Green Space (BGS), is bolstering BIPOC-led startups as they develop critical climatetech solutions by offering access to funding, networking connections, resources, and opportunities that structural inequities put out of reach.
DivInc’s 12-week tech startup development programs accelerate your business growth. They connect you to a network of industry-specific mentors and investors and provide the critical resources you need to turn your idea into a thriving company.
Rice Alliance aims to support the creation and success of startups and the commercialization of new technologies in the Houston community and beyond.
MediaTech Ventures is designed to develop early-stage and growth-driven media technology startups in Houston through education and mentorship with MediaTech Ventures’ startup curriculum and platform.
Interested in exploring more entrepreneurship opportunities?
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TRIBE is a mental health platform that connects individuals from the Black community with culturally competent therapists. TRIBE aims to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and empower individuals to embark on a transformative journey towards well-being.
Subler is a B2B marketplace that connects schools with local community groups. We make it easy for people to find and book school spaces.
Seed At The Table is a tech-enabled financial ecosystem committed to providing its community of diverse professionals and entrepreneurs with equitable access to capital, opportunity, and resources.
SALUBATA is a forward-thinking technology-driven company specializing in modular shoes repurposed from plastic waste, utilizing cutting-edge blockchain integration to ensure transparent, sustainable, and ethically sourced footwear solutions.
The Motherocity Health is a tracking app dedicated to bridging the gap between new mothers and postpartum parents by focusing on the essential component of mental health forecasting and monitoring.
Looks For Lease provides unique wardrobe rental offerings, embodying edginess, grassroots culture, and innovative technology. The L4L zero-waste ethos ensures that your style statement is not only distinct but also environmentally conscious.
Instant global blockchain payment rails for anyone, anywhere.
CultureLancer is an AI-powered career accelerator that bridges the divide between college education and real-world professional expectations. Emphasizing skill development, it equips students with practical experience while granting SMEs access to fresh, emerging talent.
Craftmerce is a B2B technology platform that connects African artisans to mainstream retail partners with distributed production, enterprise management, and financing tools.
Ion Prototyping Lab
Ion Prototyping Lab is where your ideas meet the designers, engineers, and fabricators that can make your vision a reality. Located at the Ion, the intersection of Houston’s culture, creativity, and innovation, our 6,500 SF lab has the equipment, engineers, and access to technical training—all of the must-haves for every inventor, innovator, and creator.
Ion Investor Studio
Ion Investor Studio is a unique, private gathering space for investors to land. It is a studio that can be scheduled/reserved where investors can interact and meet with founders, entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, and other investors. The pipeline of deals in Houston is growing, and through connections and a convenient space to facilitate meetings, we will help find the next big investments.
Ion creates pathways for corporate innovators to collaborate, create, grow, learn, and lead. Together we explore opportunities to strengthen Houston’s economic resiliency and competitiveness by investing in the region’s industries. Join us as we take Houston’s talent and sprawl and connecting it all—catalyzing the development of better products and technologies, workforces and businesses.
As an Ion Student Ambassador, you’ll work side-by-side with fellow students from institutions in the Ion Academic Network and members of the Ion team to create, strengthen, promote, and amplify the programs and amenities of Ion and Ion District. Ion Student Ambassadors will develop a broad and deep understanding of the Ion, Ion District, its stakeholders, its partners, and its ambitious goals for Houston as a prophetic city and urban environment.
Ion District’s developing Art Program is committed to creating opportunities for local and regional artists by creating long-term platforms to create, innovate, and collaborate. As the center for Houston’s innovation ecosystem, Ion recognizes the importance of cross-disciplinary connections creating and fostering innovation. Creative expression and ideation are an essential part of Ion’s bigger picture and mission.
Eye On Art
Eye on Art pays homage to the original department window store displays of the beloved Sears building on which Ion was built by engaging local artists to create site-specific art installations. The display windows are a unique opportunity to reimagine Sears’ store windows and build on the collective memory of the space’s past, present, and future. Ion is committed to creating opportunities for Houston-based artists by providing long-term platforms to create, innovate, and collaborate.
Efflorescence is an interactive installation fabricated by the talented Austin-based artist team of Ilya Pieper and Whiptail Designs (Nathan Kandus) that is designed to instill the Ion Plaza with an immediate dose of vitality as visitors enter and exit the building. Now on display as Houston enters one of its most pleasant stretches of the year, Efflorescence will remain a fixture at the Ion for a six-month duration, from March – September.
Meet the Artists
Kill Joy’s family is originally from and partly based in the archipelago known as the Philippines and partly based in the desert known as Texas. Her work sits at the intersection where jungle meets desert. Kill Joy’s work is grounded in honoring the earth and seeking environmental and social justice. Her work is an interpretation of world mythology and a study of ancient symbols. She integrates story telling with calls to global, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual awareness and action.
Christopher Blay is an artist, writer, and curator. His exhibitions include Christopher Blay: The SpLaVCe Program at the Studios at Crowley Theater in Marfa, TX 2023, and Christopher Blay: SpLaVC Ship at Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, TX in 2022. He is a contributing writer for Art in America Magazine and has written catalog essays for Richard Prince and Letitia Huckaby, Nasher Sculpture Magazine and Gulf Coast journal (2023). Blay is a former art critic for Glasstire Magazine, and Chief Curator of the Houston Museum of African American Culture.
Interested in learning more about our programming or how to get involved? Let’s chat!