About the Conference

The annual gathering organized by OPEN's Charter Membership and Executive Committee brings together experts, entrepreneurs, and leaders from a variety of backgrounds. You will be inspired by their stories and gain valuable learning and networking opportunities!

Opportunity of Adversity

The theme of the conference is the "Opportunity of Adversity". Our speakers will inspire you through their stories of discovering opportunities during their most challenging periods!


Sat Nov 5th, @CityCentre

The conference will take place on Saturday, November 5th at the Norris Conference Center at CityCentre.

Conference Schedule

8.00 - 9.00Breakfast and Registration
9.00 - 9.15Kickoff
9.15 - 10.00Entrepreneurship Panel
10.00 - 10.30Morning Speaker
10.30 - 11.15Insights: Women in Power
11.15 - 12.30Networking and Lunch
12.30 - 1.00Afternoon Speaker
1.00 - 4.00Business Pitch Challenge

Who Should Attend


Current and Aspiring Entrepreneurs
Industry Executives and Managers
Healthcare and Science Leaders
Social and Government Leaders
Young Professionals

Business Pitch Competition

OPEN Houston's Annual Business Pitch Competition brings together startups from the Houston area to compete for a $10,000 first place cash prize. All of the competitors also gain access to venture capitalists and experienced executives from across OPEN's network. Past winners have gone on to great success, including 2014 runner up Luminostics who were recently accepted into Y Combinator. See the video on the left to hear directly from the founder of Luminostics.

Past Conference Speakers and Panelists

OPEN Houston is a voluntary not-for-profit association dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and professional excellence. Our members includes professionals, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, scientists, social leaders, academics and students.