SURE Program

Dr. Khumawala is a Professor of Accounting and the Founding Director SURE Program at the University of Houston.

The SURE Program was launched in Fall 2012 with a mission to enable economic stimulation by serving aspiring local entrepreneurs from underserved communities and Veterans in the Houston area. The program provides free financial and business education, ongoing business consulting and prepares entrepreneurs to access capital.

MD - BlueVine Ventures

Kemal is an investor and a veteran technology entrepreneur in software, energy, financial, manufacturing, e-commerce and health-care products & services. For three decades, Kemal has built and invested in software, electronics, engineering, IT and services businesses with a specialization in the energy industry covering production operations, hydrocarbon accounting, exploration, drilling, reservoir management and financial services.

Kemal founded and led Merrick Systems, a leading oil and gas software company that was acquired by P2 Energy Solutions. He is currently a Managing Director at BlueVine Ventures, a multi-stage Venture Capital firm that invests or co-invests in and works with pioneering companies to expand their business footprint globally.

Station Houston

John is a Co-Founder and CEO of Station Houston. Station Houston’s mission is to connect and grow Houston’s tech innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. They serve as Houston’s tech hub, actively connecting entrepreneurs, experts, customers and investors. Station Member Companies are primarily focused on idea-stage to Series A funded software and digital startups.

John is an advisor to a number of startups, a mentor at OwlSpark and Red Labs, and Chair of the City of Houston’s Innovation and Technology Task Force.

Energizing Health

At Energizing Health, Brian works with startups from all over the world and US based healthcare organizations to accelerate healthcare innovation. Begun with a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, Energizing Health solves the problem of how to connect early stage health startups with large, established healthcare organizations. Since its foundation in 2014, Energizing Health has worked with some of the world’s biggest healthcare organizations, with highly recognized thought-leaders, and with some of this era’s most successful health startups.

T-Squared Newsletter

Marc is an experienced leader in the technology startup community with a talent for connecting entrepreneurial business owners to customers, employees, investors and partners. Marc founded T-Squared Agency to support select clients with comprehensive growth strategy and funding resources. Throughout his career, Marc has assisted early stage companies with business strategy, capital acquisition, digital and mobile marketing, customer development, strategic partnerships and product development. He publishes the weekly Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter that offers news, opinions and events across the Texas startup ecosystem.


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