North Houston Tech Partnership Launched; Region Ripe for Clean Technology Innovation/Economic Growth
THE WOODLANDS, TX (September 15, 2015) – Leaders from the Houston Technology Center (HTC) and Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) cut a ribbon today at the official launch of HTC North, the new HTC North/HARC collaboration located in The Woodlands, Texas, signifying what is considered a win-win relationship for the region. Looking on at the celebration held at the Lonestar College System Training and Development Center were representatives from local corporations, technology start-ups, The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership and the Conroe Economic Development Council—all committed to innovation, the environment and economic growth.
“This is the start of something great,” said Walter Ulrich, HTC President and CEO. “The HTC has not only expanded its scope to create HTC North, it has done so with a partner holding complementary interests to ours. The opportunities for this community are significant.”
Houston Technology Center North is an accelerator and incubator program in The Woodlands, designed to better serve entrepreneurs on the I-45 corridor north of Houston. It is focused on early stage companies with technologies and applications supporting clean air and water, sustainable energy and renewable resources resulting in an ecosystem that will drive economic growth, create jobs and diversify a region.
HARC, the result of the vision and initiative of Houston oilman, real estate developer and philanthropist George P. Mitchell, is a research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air and water issues to people seeking scientific answers.
“Our partnership with HTC North gives HARC a significant opportunity to advance real solutions to sustainability problems, said Jim Lester, HARC President and CEO. “We hope this leads to commercial success of multiple new clean energy, air and water technologies.”
Houston Technology Center North will serve early stage companies and entrepreneurs located in Montgomery, Walker, Grimes, Brazos, Waller, Washington and North Harris counties. Cities include The Woodlands Township, Shenandoah, Oak Ridge, Conroe, Spring, Cypress, Magnolia and Montgomery. Innovators in the region will not only be able to take advantage of HTC North’s curriculum, but also the critical connections necessary to become viable players in other programs being held in the community.
“We provide access,” said Charles Wohl, HTC North Managing Director. “This means access to guidance, technology experts, customers, strategic partners and funding opportunities. The HTC has a track record of providing mentorship with in-depth strategic and tactical business guidance, fundraising advice, and connection to opportunities, allies and capital. This enables success.”
The HTC, with offices in Houston’s Midtown area, the Johnson Space Center and now The Woodlands, has assisted over 300 companies and graduated more than 91 from its accelerator program. It has helped entrepreneurs raise over $2.5 billion and create more than 5,000 jobs.
Houston Technology Center North staff will share office space with its HARC partner, moving with HARC in 2016 to the new HARC building—a LEED Certified Green structure—situated on 3.5 acres behind HARC’s current Lone Star location. It will function as the headquarters for HARC and HTC North and be used for educational outreach opportunities and as a community meeting facility.
The Woodlands is the right choice to further the HTC’s commitment to accelerating the growth of emerging technology companies to create jobs and promote Houston’s economic development, according to Ulrich. “The region is not only home to a growing number of exploration and production companies, it is a vibrant, intellectually strong and environmentally conscious community integral to the HTC service area. The launch of HTC North is overdue and we are grateful for the warm welcome we have enjoyed today.”
Photo: Walter Ulrich, CEO, Houston Technology Center, Gil Staley, President & CEO The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, Charles Wohl, Managing Director, Houston Technology Center North Campus, Jim Lester, HARC President & CEO; Lisa Gonzalez, HARC Vice President.