november, 2018

10nov8:00 am5:00 pmOHC2018


(Saturday) 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST


Norris Conference Center - CityCentre

816 Town and Country Blvd #210


Event Details

OHC 2018 will be a discussion on The Future of Houston’s Entrepreneurship and Startup Ecosystem. Our annual conference has become a premier entrepreneurship event in Houston, attracting the cities most successful founders as well as leaders from technology, healthcare, education, venture capital, and local incubators. We have already confirmed 3 of Houston’s most successful entrepreneurs for OHC. Houston legend Jim McIngvale will deliver the Morning Keynote. Jay Steinfeld (founder of and Kemal Farid (founder of Merrick Systems) will also be speaking. Confirmed Speakers:

  • Jim McIngvale – Founder of Gallery Furniture
  • Jay Steinfeld – Founder of
  • Kemal Farid – Founder of Merrick Systems
  • Celestine Vettical – Founder of Cashaa & Celestial Holdings
  • Allison Lami Sawyer – Founder of StartHereNow and Rebellion Photonics

– Hear from leading thinkers across energy, health, finance, IT, education, & government – Meet other entrepreneurs, investors, executives, professionals, academic and civic leaders – Dedicated areas for networking, mentoring, and career coaching – Attend the 5th annual OPEN Houston Business Plan Competition

Registration includes admission to the conference, a light breakfast and lunch. Plenty of coffee all day long!

General Public – $15 through Oct 29 (increases to $20) Young Professionals (35 yr or under) – $10 through Oct 29 (increases to $15) Students – $5 through Oct 29 (increases to $10)


  • Allison Lami Sawyer

    Allison Lami Sawyer

    Founder - Rebellion Photonics

    Founder - Rebellion Photonics

  • Celestine Vettical

    Celestine Vettical

    Founder - Cashaa

    Founder - Cashaa

  • Faisal Bhutto

    Faisal Bhutto

    VP - Computex

    VP - Computex

  • Jay Steinfeld

    Jay Steinfeld

    Founder -

    Founder -

  • Jim McIngvale

    Jim McIngvale

    Gallery Furniture

    Gallery Furniture

  • Kemal Farid

    Kemal Farid

    BlueVine Ventures

    Kemal is an investor and a veteran technology entrepreneur in energy, financial, manufacturing, e-commerce and health care products & services businesses. For three decades, he has built and grown software, electronics, engineering, IT and services businesses. Kemal was an early pioneer in the digitization of oil and gas field operations. Kemal founded Merrick Systems, served as its CEO and grew it into the global leader in oil and gas production software. After his successful exit of Merrick, Kemal launched Farid Ventures, a venture capital firm for early and growth-stage enterprises.

    BlueVine Ventures

  • Marc Nathan

    Marc Nathan

    TX Startup Newsletter

    TX Startup Newsletter

  • Maryam Chaudry

    Maryam Chaudry

    Chief of Staff - HPE

    Chief of Staff - HPE


    • Day 1
    • November 10, 2018
    • 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    • 9:30 AM Morning Keynote - Jim McIngvale9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Speakers: Jim McIngvale

    • 10:15 AM OPEN Houston Success Stories10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Speakers: Maryam Chaudry

    • 11:30 AM LUNCH & NETWORKING11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    • 12:30 PM Founders Forum12:30 PM - 1:30 PMA moderated discussion with two of Houston's most success foundersSpeakers: Jay Steinfeld, Kemal Farid

    • 1:30 PM Afternoon Keynote - Celestine Vettical1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Speakers: Celestine Vettical

    • 2:45 PM Startup Ecosystem Panel2:45 PM - 3:30 PMThe future of the emerging startup ecosystem across Greater HoustonSpeakers: Allison Lami Sawyer, Marc Nathan

    • 3:45 PM 5th Annual Business Plan Competition3:45 PM - 4:50 PM

    • 4:50 PM Wrap Up4:50 PM - 5:00 PM


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