The Energy Corridor’s Republic Square – a 35-acre, tree-lined, mixed-use development that was the former home of ExxonMobil Chemical – is now hosting a branch of the state’s largest technology business incubator, which will hold its first open house Wednesday, January 18.
Houston Technology Center (HTC) West joins the non-profit organization’s headquarters in Midtown Houston and its satellite offices at the Johnson Space Center and at HARC (Houston Advanced Research Center) in The Woodlands.
The open house will feature a program between 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. featuring HTC West leaders, along with presentations from two of HTC’s energy startup clients.
“We have worked with entrepreneurs in energy, medicine and IT that have enjoyed over $2.8 billion in funding and financial transactions,” says Walter Ulrich, HTC president and CEO, “and this special location on Houston’s Energy Corridor is ideal for creating new companies, driving job growth and changing the world for the better.”
HTC West, explains its Director Mike Mueller, will serve as the nexus for new ideas, technological innovation and entrepreneurship in West Houston. Entrepreneurs and startup firms work with HTC to develop in-depth strategic and tactical business guidance. Incubation and acceleration of technology focused startups is a core function of HTC, which provide business formation advice and connections to opportunities, customers and capital, according to Mueller.
“We’re thrilled to bring Houston’s startup ecosystem west to Republic Square,” says Mueller. “With thousands of white collar workers laid off in this current oil and gas cycle – many living in close proximity to this site – we see tremendous potential with entrepreneurs in waiting.”
In addition to holding weekly office hours and meetings by appointment, HTC West will feature a variety of regularly scheduled programming and special events.
Mueller was a 29-year employee for BP at its United States headquarters – a stone’s throw west from Republic Square, at 13502 Katy Freeway. The wooded campus, punctuated by a central lake and an 11-acre festival field, is being transformed by Third Palm Capital into a business, leisure, intellectual and creative hub.
“We’re incredibly excited about the community that we are curating at Republic Square,” explains Randall Tuller, executive manager for Third Palm Capital. “From start-ups to established firms in all fields, the winners in this evolving marketplace will be those that adopt and drive innovation.”
Current amenities include a 20,000 square-foot meeting and event center, and Republic Square I, a 320,000 square-foot office building with commissary kitchen. In addition to existing flexible work space offerings, common area lounges and meeting spaces, Republic Square’s future plans call for hotel, office, multifamily and retail development.
To read more about HTC and its programs to help business technology entrepreneurs and innovators, visit here.
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