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New Organization Meant To Boost Houston’s Innovation Economy

‘Houston Exponential’ is tasked with making Houston a Top 10 startup community within five years

Gina Luna chairs the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Roundtable

Houston Exponential is the product of a new focus on tech innovation in the Bayou City.

The effort started last year with the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Roundtable and a city taskforce led by council member Amanda Edwards.

Together with the Houston Technology Center, they now form the new organization. Gina Luna chairs the Innovation Roundtable.

“Houston Exponential will accelerate the development of Houston’s innovation economy in three ways: attracting, connecting and promoting.”

This means it will connect community leaders and key players in the innovation ecosystem for initiatives; it will try to attract talent and venture capital to Houston; and it will promote the city in the world as an innovation hub.

“We intend to be a major competitive player on the global scene,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “I think this will help to put us, position us, quite well.”

The new focus on innovation is also a major part of the city’s pitch to get Amazon to choose Houston for its second headquarters.

This story has been updated to include more information.

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter.Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters and the Houston Press Club.Florian is a native of Germany. His studies in Leipzig...

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