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As another #bayoustartupsummer winds down, we’ve been taking some time to reflect on all that has happened this summer. The last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind as founders prepared for Bayou Startup Showcase, and we are excited for the weeks and months to come!...

We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing holiday weekend. We took a brief hiatus from the daily grind to celebrate America in style. Founders began to work with graphic designers to prepare slide decks for the Bayou Startup Showcase on August 1....

Week Five Sometimes it takes a little bit (okay, maybe a lot) of motivation to make it through a Monday. Kaz Karwowski, executive director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, gave founders the boost they needed by way of discussion (and delicious eats) on motivating your team. Fueled and motivated, founders were ready for the week ahead. Since the beginning of #bayoustartupsummer,...

Week Three Our week started off with another installment in our leadership series about teamwork, led by Kaz Karwowski, executive director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, who led a session about team development. Later on, Dr. Eduardo Salas (Rice University) dug deeper into this topic. Dr. Salas’ research is focused on team performance and training, and based on decades...

We're ecstatic for the start of another #bayoustartupsummer. This summer marks our fifth (FIFTH!?!) year and adds six new startup teams to the OwlSpark family. From the start, this summer has been dynamic, beginning with a change of venue from previous years. For the next three months we will be co-working with RED Labs out of the brand-new DesignHive in downtown Houston,...

Repetition. Repetition. Repetition. If there was a theme to Week 11, that would surely be it. With the Bayou Startup Showcase growing closer each day, our week consisted of Pitch Practice after Pitch Practice after Pitch Practice. All week, our team’s iterated on their slides and their scripts to tweak them to be just right. With the help of our...

As we move closer to the Bayou Startup Showcase, OwlSpark’s focus has shifted from business planning to pitch perfecting. The startups showed considerable improvement during the third Pitch Practice on Monday where we were joined by Kyle Dixon of Towbee, Melanie Jones of Marketing Interface, Anderson Ta of Open Factory, Keith Kreuer of RedHouse Associates, Beth O’Sullivan of Rice University...

Week 7 After a long 4th of July weekend, founders were back to the daily grind at TMCx on Tuesday for the first pitch practice. As the founders prepare for the Bayou Startup Showcase, honing and refining their pitches will be vital to successfully expressing the problem they are solving and their solution. To help them, our leadership team along with...

Week 5 This week began with a change of pace, as the startup founders began considering their go-to-market strategies. Our morning session was led by Roberto Moctezuma, an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, and Fortune 50 executive who grew a telecommunications company to $50M in revenue by the age of 23. He introduced the founders to the 4D Market Model, which analyzes...

Week 3 OwlSpark began Week 3 with a Leadership Lunch, led by Kaz Karwowski, Executive Director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership. The session focused on aligning startups’ visions with consumer demand. Using a specific episode of The Profit as a case study, the startup teams learned not to let their personal visions overshadow the needs of customers. After our teams...

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