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It’s been a whirlwind summer, from Launch Day to the Bayou Startup Showcase. This #bayoustartupsummer has surely been a memorable one. You may remember May 26, 2015, when Houston’s bayous flooded, and the entire city was waterlogged. But that day, after months of preparation and planning, our anticipation and excitement persevered. Come hell or high water, we were determined to...

When we wake up in the morning and roll out of bed to get ready for OwlSpark, we aren’t thinking of work or boredom, but of silly jokes and watching really cool technologies evolve. OwlSpark and our close friends, RED Labs, have hardly made this internship a job. Despite the tough nature of accelerators, they’ve ensured a fun program for...

The other day, we sat down with Ray Simar, founder of Rebel Putter and OwlSpark Class 2 alum. In the year after OwlSpark, Ray has added another product to his line of putters. Drawing from his first iteration, the Jedi Putter, his new product is aptly called the Sith Putter. Ray has continued development of the Sith Putter with the...

Ziel Solutions develops wearable devices for reducing the risk of injury from physical activity. Their first product is a patent-pending sensory sleeve for baseball pitchers. Utilizing sensors that combine muscle and motion analysis, the sleeve provides real-time feedback about the major risk factors for injury — such as muscle fatigue and stress exerted on the arm....

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In his early years, Mike Evans, worked in a company’s R&D department on a promising combustion technology. When his company decided to scrap the project, Mike Evans, along with a group of four colleagues, decided to salvage the project....

Week 10 came in hot. Teams spent Monday morning furiously revising and memorizing pitch scripts. That afternoon, we knocked out Pitch Practice #4 with pitch coaches Thomas DeSouza (Allegory Venture Partners), Melanie Jones (Marketing Interface), Keith Kreuer (RedHouse Associates), Jenny Li (Graylog), Michael Loup (GolfNet), Bryan McQuary (HATCH Pitch), Gayle Moran (RCEL), Beth O’Sullivan (RCEL), and Ray Simar (Rice University)....

With some Torchy’s (breakfast) Tacos, we joined Kaz Karwowski (RCEL) for the last Leadership Lunch of the summer. This time, Kaz focused on ethics. That afternoon, we geared up for Pitch Practice #3 with Mike Evans (Rice University), Kim Kimmey (Rice University), Larry Luck (TMCx), Beth O’Sullivan (RCEL), Kaz Karwowski, Michael Loup (GolfNet), Gayle Moran (RCEL), and Bryan McQuary (HATCH...

Traditional medicine is designed to treat diseases and other ailments, but it falls short of treating the entire body. Wholistic Advisors is lending a helping hand to individuals with cancer, and closing the gap between traditional and complementary medicine. Founder, Truong Nguyen, provides a platform for complementary therapists to connect with cancer patients seeking therapies designed to treat the rest...

In the 1980s, the most popular method of marketing and advertising was door-to-door sales, lugging around product samples, brochures and other marketing materials. During a time when eCommerce was just beginning to take off, Jay Steinfeld tossed aside the brochures and product samples, and digitized his marketing strategy. In 1996, he launched NoBrainerBlinds.com (now Blinds.com), an online store for window...

We beat the Monday blues with a little help from Kaz Karwowski (RCEL). He helped us kick off Week 8 with another Leadership Lunch, teaching us how to motivate one another. Founders discussed their experiences with motivation and lessons learned from past failures. Pumped, we rounded out the afternoon with Pitch Practice #2. Founders received feedback from Keith Kreuer (RedHouse...

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