Energy and Climate Startup Week

Houston-based Organizations Join Forces for Inaugural Houston Energy and Climate Startup Week 2024

HOUSTON – Greentown Labs, Halliburton Labs and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship are joining forces to launch the inaugural Houston Energy and Climate Startup Week 2024.

The Sept. 9-13 event will bring together leading energy and climate venture capital investors, industry leaders and startups from around the world where they will showcase the most innovative and promising companies and technologies that are transforming the energy industry while driving a sustainable, low-carbon energy future.

Their united efforts will launch the inaugural Energy and Climate Startup Week in Houston in collaboration with the Houston Energy Transition Initiative (HETI), an initiative of the Greater Houston Partnership. Additional organizations like Activate, Digital Wildcatters, Renewable Energy Alliance Houston and TEX-E are eager to bring events and content to the week and others are encouraged to do the same.

Throughout the week, startups solving energy and climate challenges will have the opportunity to present their technologies and solutions to top venture capital, private equity and corporate strategic investors. Speakers, panels, pitches and discussions will take place at events across Houston with several hosted at the Ion, the heart of Houston’s innovation corridor in Midtown.

“These organizations will execute events that will serve as a launching pad for an Energy and Climate Startup Week in Houston, showcasing the city as a national hub for the energy future,” said Brad Burke, executive director of the Rice Alliance. “We welcome the community to bring other energy and climate events to the week, which we’ll cross-promote as the dates approach.”

“From our engineering talent and ingenuity to world-leading universities, brilliant entrepreneurs and corporations to capital and physical assets, there’s no better place in the world to lead the clean energy transition than Houston, and that’s exactly what the Energy and Climate Startup Week will show the world,” said Timmeko Moore Love, general manager and senior vice president of Greentown Labs. “Greentown Houston opened in 2021 to serve as a catalyst, convener and collaborator in the energy transition, and we’re so proud to play a role in the first-ever week-long celebration of everything our ecosystem is doing to advance climate action.”

“We look forward to the opportunity to highlight talented founders and connect them with investors, industry practitioners and university resources to help accelerate energy innovation,” said Dale Winger, managing director of Halliburton Labs. “The collaboration to launch Energy and Climate Startup Week reflects how Houston works together to scale solutions. We invite energy and climate tech players from around the world to join a week of insights and new connections to advance the future of energy.”

“Houston Energy and Climate Startup Week promises to be a dynamic week of events showcasing the region’s pioneering spirit and solutions-oriented commitment to meeting the dual challenge of more energy with less emissions,” said Jane Stricker, executive director of the Houston Energy Transition Initiative and senior vice president of the Greater Houston Partnership. “As the energy capital and one of the most diverse cities in the world, Houston stands as a center point for these solutions. The region is welcoming, diverse and has the know-how to play a critical role in building an energy abundant, low-carbon future. We welcome all who want to be part of the solution to join for this exciting, inaugural week of events.”

More details about the week of events and registration information will be available at

Rice University
Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of architecture, business, continuing studies, engineering, humanities, music, natural sciences and social sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 4,574 undergraduates and 3,982 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction, No. 2 for best-run colleges and No. 12 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

The Rice Alliance
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship is Rice University’s flagship initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education and the launch of technology companies. Connecting startups to capital, networks and success, the Rice Alliance is a catalyst for building successful ventures through education, guidance and connections. Since inception in 2000, more than 3,355 companies have participated in over 300 Rice Alliance programs and have raised more than $25.88 billion in early stage capital. The Rice Alliance powers programming at the Ion, the heart of Houston’s innovation corridor in Midtown.

Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit catalyzing climate solutions through entrepreneurship, partnership and collaboration. As the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America, Greentown brings together startups, corporations, investors, policymakers and others with a focus on scaling climate technologies. Driven by the mission of providing startups the community, connections and resources they need to thrive, Greentown offers lab space, shared office space, machine shops, electronics labs, tool shops, software and business resources and a large network of corporate customers, investors and more. With incubators in Houston, Texas, and Somerville, Massachusetts, Greentown is home to more than 200 startups and has supported more than 500 since the incubator’s founding in 2011. These startups have collectively created more than 11,000 jobs and raised more than $5.7 billion in funding. For more information, visit or follow Greentown on LinkedIn.    

Halliburton Labs

Halliburton Labs is a collaborative environment where entrepreneurs, academics, investors and experienced practitioners advance the future of energy faster. Halliburton Labs provides access to world-class facilities, global business network, commercialization expertise and financing opportunities to help participants scale their business. Visit the company’s website at Connect with Halliburton Labs on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Halliburton Labs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL).

Houston Energy Transition Initiative (HETI) | Greater Houston Partnership

The Greater Houston Partnership is dedicated to strengthening Houston’s position as the energy capital of the world. The economic vitality and growth of our region’s economy is inextricably tied to the energy industry. The Partnership’s Houston Energy Transition Initiative (HETI) builds on the best of traditional energy skills and systems to leverage Houston’s industry leadership to accelerate global solutions for an energy-abundant, low-carbon future. HETI is a coalition of industry, academic and community partners working together to ensure the long-term economic competitiveness and advancement of the Houston region as leaders of the global energy transition.

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