From the OwlSpark team…

Thank you for attending the Bayou Startup Showcase and celebrating Houston Entrepreneurship Day on August 14, 2014!

Did you miss the Big Event? You’re in luck! WATCH the event here!

Bayou Startup Showcase 2014-46Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez presenting the Mayoral Proclamation certificate deeming August 14, 2014 Houston Entrepreneurship Day to OwlSpark Managing Director, Kerri Smith, and RED Labs Founding Director, Hesam Panahi.

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 The 2014 OwlSpark Cohort – They worked  hard. They played hard.

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OwlSpark and RED Labs teams taking a bow at the conclusion of the Bayou Startup Showcase

Check out this recap article published in the Houston Chronicle, and written by our very own Senthil Natarajan:

Celebrating Houston’s startup ecosystem – Bayou Startup Showcase features entrepreneurs

What our community leaders are saying about the

Bayou Startup Showcase:

“Collaboration is a key ingredient to any successful entrepreneurial ecosystem – although it is sometimes difficult to achieve in a city as big as Houston. Rice and UH are paving the way for future institutional collaboration with their joint accelerator demo day.  The Bayou Startup Showcase is a real benefit to their entrepreneurs, mentors and others in the Rice and UH communities. — Blair Garrou, Managing Director at Mercury Fund

“The inception over the past 3 years of the accelerator community in Houston has sparked entrepreneurial phenomena previously un-encountered by this city. We at SURGE especially appreciate RED Labs and OwlSpark as to fostering bright, preliminary-staged companies which will develop into candidates for our program.” — Kirk Coburn, Founder & Managing Director, SURGE Ventures

“I think the world of OwlSpark and RED Labs.  They are cornerstones of Houston’s startup community.  Kerri Smith and Hesam Panahi are excellent collaborators — with one another and the community — and these accelerator programs are preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs.  It also provides a model for how community organizations with similar missions should work together.” Jeff Reichman, Principal at January Advisors


1589_business_mentoring Interested in getting involved next year as an OwlSpark Mentor.  We’re looking for serial entrepreneurs to set the tone for our company founders and accelerate their businesses to the next level. For information and to get your name on the list now, contact Kerri Smith at



Check out OwlSpark’s new coworking space at Willy’s Pub.  See how a pub can be transformed into a creative work space that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship. Think: Willy’s with a tech startup vibe.