Pitch-a-Kid + MassChallenge = Crossing the Finish Line

TMC Innovation Institute - 2450 Holcombe Blvd., Suite X Houston, 77021
Wed, Dec 13, 2017, 7:00 PM (CST)

About this event

This is the must-attend Grind event of 2017 for Parents, Educators, and Business Leaders.

Mike Millard, is a goal-oriented achiever

  • A Runner
  • A Leaf Raker
  • A Ping Pong Player

He's a compassionate thinker with the 'will to win.' Mike is described by peers, employers, and employees as an exceptional leader who "balances the dynamics of change and getting results." He has built upon this and other strong leadership skills consistently while running his entrepreneurial journey of creating and growing business ecosystems. 

He Ushers New Ideas To Commercialization

Mike Millard's mission starts with building kids with Pitch-a-Kid while simultaneously funding startups through MassChallenge. He provides freedom for entrepreneurs to develop and grow ideas and businesses. He accomplishes his mission by empowering youth with their exposure to entrepreneurship as judges, giving them a fast understanding and quick analysis of startup, growth, and enterprise-level businesses through Pitch-a-Kid.

His mission continues as the current managing director for MassChallenge Texas, an accelerator providing mentoring from industry experts, tailored programming, free co-working space, and unrivaled access to corporate partners globally. A differentiator for MassChallenge is that they take no equity from their startups.

Whether you're running the entrepreneurial race, education race, or the race to acquire future talent, allow Mike to advise on your next steps.

Who benefits from attending

  • Involved Parents
  • Business Innovators
  • Strategic HR Managers
  • Socially Aware Employers
  • Forward Thinking Educators

Every month we invite you to better understand and to embrace Startup Grind’s Values:

  • Give First (before you ask)
  • Make Friends (not just contacts)
  • Help Others (before you help yourself)

And to broadcast Startup Grind’s Mission:

To Educate, Inspire, and Connect Entrepreneurs

Our global community of 300+ chapters in 110 countries worldwide is here for you. Let us know... How may we best assist you? (I.e. - Can we help facilitate warm introductions to businesses, mentors, and/or investors to grow your startup here or elsewhere?)

Ways You Can Participate this Month:

On your mark, get set, GO! - Every month we invite local “Entrepreneur Partners” (Funded Startup, Growth & Enterprise Business Leaders) within our local ecosystem to kick off the event. Sharing accomplishments, values or needs with attendees, while connecting with our local team and featured guest demonstrates your commitment to our area's innovators. Entrepreneur Partners are also able to exhibit products and/or services after our signature Fireside Chat. This opportunity is available for a limited number of businesses, Apply Today!

Listen & Learn - Are you a member of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem? And/Or... Do you have children (truly or businesses that may as well be) who can benefit from exposure and funding? We encourage you to come meet, learn from and have the chance to ask questions of one of Texas’ most dedicated dads and innovators, Mike Millard (LinkedIn Bio).

Spread the Word - Startup Grind Houston's monthly events are an effective and valuable opportunity to share your brand and message with our local entrepreneurial community. Startup Grind’s events regularly attract many influential Founders, Professionals, and Investors. We have several options available, starting at only $250. (Connect Here)

Register Now!

  • Identify opportunities from dynamic conversations and encounters.
  • Absorb new information from our guest’s and your peer’s expertise.
  • Implement & Test an idea so you are utilizing good startup practices of validation.


  • Mike Mallard

    Mike Mallard



    Mike's an advisor, mentor, and investor who's expertise spans investor relations to understanding how to commercialize your idea. He is MassChallenge's Managing Director for Texas and brings a fun and insightful perspective to startups looking to build and grow. When #tappingthebrain of Mike Millard you will learn he brings a wealth of experience to the Startup table.

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  • When

    Wednesday, Dec 13
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)


    TMC Innovation Institute
    2450 Holcombe Blvd., Suite X Houston77021

    Brought to you by

    • Michele Price

      Michele Price

      Breakthrough Business Strategies

      Houston's Chapter Director

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    • James Phelan

      James Phelan


      Partnership Director

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    • Andrea Spirov

      Andrea Spirov

      'spired Marketing / B.O.S.S. Food Co.

      Marketing Director

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