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)
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.
The way our team can best help our community's founders and teams is to connect startups locally, nationally and globally.
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!
#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)
Breakthrough Business Strategies
Welcome to LAMIK! I’m excited to tell you a little of my story.
In college, I worked as a makeup artist at the mall. I loved helping women discover their natural beauty. I felt a calling to work in the beauty industry and dreamed of creating a makeup line. But when I researched the ingredients used to make the products, I was appalled. I remember thinking, “I can’t put my name on that and sell it to people!”
I set out to find a manufacturer who could work with me to launch a natural, safe beauty brand for women of color. It was not easy to find someone who would work with a startup, but I didn’t give up! In a moment that felt like destiny fulfilled, I met a chemist who worked with me to create my brand.
I first opened LAMIK as a brick and mortar store in Houston, Texas. The store sold my collection of natural, organic and vegan beauty products for women of color. Soon LAMIK was much more than a place! LAMIK became a community where women knew they belonged.
Last year, I felt a new calling. As I looked around and saw how LAMIK was empowering women of color in Houston, I dreamed of more. I wanted women around the world to experience the same thing. After winning a business competition, I moved to Austin, Texas to join a startup accelerator and launch LAMIK online.
When I first created LAMIK, the name was nothing more than my name spelled backward with an LA in front? The LA came from my middle name. I'm an 80s baby, so I knew LaTasha's, LaMeka's, and somebody reading this may be a LA___, so at the time it made sense.
But when a buyer asked me the meaning of my brand name, I just couldn't tell that story. At that moment, purpose prevailed and I responded Love and Makeup in Kindness. I realized that is what LAMIK really stands for and the power of true beauty is that it comes from within.
That's why I always say Beauty is Revealed, Not Applied.
I am so happy you are here!
TMC Innovation Institute
Associate Director, TMCx
Breakthrough Business Strategies