Celebrating Two Years of Greentown Houston

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Dear Friends of Greentown Houston,

This month marks two years since Greentown Houston opened its doors, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with our community’s second year of climate action in Houston! Our 75+ member companies, corporate partner network, and collaborators across the climatetech ecosystem have taken incredible steps together to advance the energy transition in what we’re all proud to call the energy capital of the world. What has that looked like? 

Convening the ecosystem: Our region loves coming together to advance the energy transition, and it’s been a pleasure to connect with y’all at both Greentown and industry events. Some of our favorite moments included welcoming hundreds of you to our annual Climatetech Summit and having the opportunity to host Houston Tech Rodeo’s Energy/Green Tech afternoon! 

Connecting key climate champions: Collaboration among startups, corporates, municipalities, and more is critical to climate action, and this year we were proud to advance these partnerships through Greentown Go Energize 2022: the Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator! Check out how the hydrogen-focused startup cohort worked with the City of Houston and program partners EPRI and Shell here. 

We also made it a priority to bring in climate, business, investor, and governmental leaders who are valuable for our startups to connect with and who were eager to learn how they can support our entrepreneurial community. We had far too many honored guests in the past year to list here, but a big highlight was U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm’s second visit to Greentown Houston! 

Bolstering Texas’s energy innovation: A major focus area for Greentown Houston this past year has been the Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange for Energy (TEX-E), a first-of-its-kind collaboration among The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Rice University, and Prairie View A&M University—powered by Greentown and MIT’s Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship—to create a powerful, student-driven, energy entrepreneurship ecosystem in Texas. 

Just last month, we closed out the inaugural TEX-E Prize competition and awarded $50,000 to Texas students developing innovative technologies to advance the energy transition. We’re now accepting TEX-E Fellowship applications from students at participating schools; apply by April 23, and sign up for the TEX-E newsletter here! 

Looking back on all of these milestones, we want to acknowledge the importance of celebrating our anniversary on Earth Day. The climate crisis affects everyone—though not equitably—and everyone has a part to play in combating it. Whatever your skills and background, we hope you join us in the fight! Greentown Houston is still growing, and we would be thrilled to have you join our network, whether by becoming a startup member or corporate partner; investing in or working for our startups; or attending an event.

Want to learn more and see what Greentown is all about? We’re hosting our next Transition On Tap networking event on Thursday, April 27; we hope to see you there!

The Greentown Houston Team

Meet Our Newest Member

H2Pro is working to enable the production of green hydrogen in an energy- and cost-efficient manner with its E-TAC (electrochemical and thermally-activated chemical) technology.

Do you run or know of a startup that’s interested in joining our community? Learn about what Greentown membership includes here and get in touch!

Member Milestones

  • Amogy raised $139M in Series B funding, led by SK Innovation.
  • H2Pro is partnering with Sumitomo Corporation for green hydrogen projects.
  • Energy Toolbase has deployed its Acumen EMS controls software on an energy storage system installed by Arch Solar.
  • WIP International Services LLC was selected for DivInc’s Clean Energy Accelerator.
  • Greentown alum IncentiFind was selected for Moderne Ventures’ Passport Class, a six-month program meant to accelerate customer growth.
  • ALLY Energy’s Katie Mehnert was named a finalist for CW39’s Remarkable Woman and the company was named one of the 2023 Outstanding Diverse Organizations in Houston.
  • Criterion Energy Partners was selected as the Most Promising Series A startup at the HETI Energy Ventures Pitch Competition.
  • Pressure Corp was selected as a most-promising energy tech startup at the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship’s Energy Ventures Day.
  • Greentown member ALGBIO, ACCEL participant Active Surfaces, and TEX-E Prize second-place winner FluxWorks were invited to pitch at the 2023 Rice Business Plan Competition.

Startup Spotlight

With the amount of energy needed to power it, heavy industry is an incredibly difficult sector to decarbonize. Our member Kanin Energy is working to change that! By providing waste-heat-to-power technologies to heavy industry facilities via third-party financing and turnkey installation, Kanin is removing financial and installation barriers to this solution. Read more about the startup’s work here!

Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Events

April 27: Transition On Tap
Join us for this month’s Transition on Tap to network with entrepreneurs, investors, and more climatetech enthusiasts—register here!

May 10: Transition On Tap
Be sure to swing by Greentown Houston next month as well to meet our members, learn about what Greentown has in store for the summer, and more! Register here.

May 25: Greentown Houston x BCG Pitch Day
Join us at Greentown Houston for an event with BCG X, featuring our Houston members that are raising pre-seed and seed rounds! Register here.

Join the Greentown Team

Greentown is growing! We are hiring a Chief Executive Officer and a Communications Coordinator; be sure to check out these exciting opportunities!

Thank You to Our Founding + Grand Opening Partners 🌎






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