#SGWomen - The Many Shades of Entrepreneurship - Celebrating Houston's Diversity

May 2, 2019, 11:00 PM – May 3, 2019, 2:00 AM

TMC Innovation Institute, 2450 Holcombe Blvd., Suite X, Houston, 77021

What do startup founders and teams look like in SE Texas? DIVERSE! Every shade of woman and man absolutely have the opportunity to lead successful businesses. Texas is the #1 state for female entrepreneurs, Houston is the #1 city for minority entrepreneurs, as well as the #7 city for startups owned by women. Discover what we are doing for #SGWomen this year!

In-person event

About this event


Startup Grind Houston is approaching our 5th Anniversary of connecting, educating, and inspiring SE Texas' entrepreneurs. Our community continues to elevate the conversations around addressing big questions and solving big problems. Together...

We Give BIG

We help BIG

We friend BIG

This is the second year that TMC Innovation Institute co-hosts #SGWomen with Startup Grind Houston

Our combined goal is to spotlight female entrepreneurs and female-led startups in the SE Texas region.

We are hosting our annual female founders pitch competition and the startups pitching are exhibiting their solutions.

(UPDATE April 30, 10:00 AM-#SGWomen is FREE to Attendees)

How we share, embrace, and deliver our values:

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

Every year our goal at #SGWomen is to spotlight female entrepreneurs in our region. We hold meaningful conversations - Dean Latha Ramchand, former Dean at CT Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, now Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Missouri and Kerry Rupp, General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in women-led businesses in consumer health and sustainability. 

We invite female founders to showcase and pitch their startups - Brittany Barretto, Ph.D., CEO + Co-founder, Phermor, placed 2nd out of 6,000 entrants for Startup Grind Global Conference in 2018 -  Bai-mey Chea, CEO + Founder, Mouti, currently crowdfunding until 4-25-2019. (support her startup)

The goals of your Startup Grind are to inspire our community to give BIG (9/18) fire-side chat with Mainline shared their experience around local exponential growth that has generated dozens of valuable startup jobs based in Houston at The Cannon Houston.

Our Global Mission is to Inspire, Educate and Connect Entrepreneurs.

We've learned that building relationships and increasing collaboration encourages local ecosystem strength and growth. (Yared Akalou at Alcove and Will Jackson at My Fam Plan).

The way our team can best help our community's founders and teams is to connect startups locally, nationally and globally.

Event Agenda

6:00 pm Startup Showcase - You meet the founders and get to vote for one of the startups to pitch.

6:30 pm Welcome Message - The evening program begins.

7:00 pm Pitch Competition - Who will win your vote and win the pitch?

8:00 pm Live Tweet the Startup Experts - More than a panel - more than a discussion - interactive conversation

8:45 pm Winner Announcement - You and the judges decide tonight's winner!

Ways You Can Participate:

#SGWomen Pitch Competition - We are kicking off the event with female Startup founders & team members pitching before a panel of experts and attendees. These teams will also be exhibiting their companies before the evening's program.  Applications are open - CLOSED

Drive the Conversation - Attendees at #SGWomen GET A VOTE! We value our community and are excited to announce your choice. Later in the evening, we encourage you to LIVE Tweet your questions. Together we can be inspired by the pitches, learn from the experts, and connect with like-minded professionals. Month after month we consistently deliver impactful events, this one will not disappoint! Go ahead and choose your preferred ticket level, you can use the FREE TICKET or if you want to support your Startup Grind chapter you can still register using >> Grinder or Entrepreneur Partner. (Purchase Tickets Here)

Sponsors, Spread the Word - #SGWomen is an effective and valuable chance to share your brand and message with Houston’s entrepreneurial community. Many influential Founders, Professionals, and Investors annually attend this event. We have engaging opportunities available. (Connect Here)

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  • Michele Price

    Breakthrough Business Strategies


  • Kim Roxie





May 2 – 3, 2019
11:00 PM – 2:00 AM UTC


Startup Showcase
Welcome Message
Pitch Competition
LIVE Tweet With Startup Experts
Winner Announced!


  • Lance Black

    TMC Innovation Institute

    Associate Director, TMCx

  • Michele Price

    Breakthrough Business Strategies



  • Michele Price

    Breakthrough Business Strategies

    Houston's Chapter Director

  • James Phelan

    Village Insights

    Partnership Director

Global sponsor

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Dell Technologies


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MassChallenge Texas

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Rice University

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Young Hustler Coffee

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