Houston is starting summer strong in terms of innovation news, and there might be some headlines you may have missed.
In this roundup of short stories within Houston startups and tech, the Lone Star State ranks in the top 10 best states for women in business, a software startup rolls out a new tool, $5,000 small business grants are up for grabs, and more.
Texas named a top state for female entrepreneurs
The Lone Star State is prime for women entrepreneurs. Graphic courtesy
Banking platform NorthOne has ranked the top 10 states for women in entrepreneurship. Colorado took the No. 1 spot, but Texas ranked at No. 7. The report factored in data across eight metrics for all 50 US states including percentage of women-owned businesses, percentage of women-owned businesses with over 500 employees, number of women-owned businesses, startup survival rate, women-to-men pay ratio, unemployment rate for women, overall unemployment rate, and more.
According to the report, Texas has seen a boom in business growth over the last couple of years. The Lone Star State ranks seventh nationally for the percentage of new businesses at 18.18 percent and has the second highest startup survival rate in our top 10 at 79.63 percent.
“Texas offers a ton of opportunities for female entrepreneurs, too. It has one of the highest numbers of women-owned businesses in the country at a whopping 1.4 million, 2.11 percent of which have over 500 employees,” reads the blog post. “That’s the fourth highest overall compared to all 50 states.”
Pandata Tech selected for prestigious space innovation program
Pandata Tech is headed for St. Louis. Photos courtesy of Pandata
Pandata Tech was selected from hundreds of national applicants to join a first-of-its-kind program from the United States Government’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in partnership with Missouri Technology Corporation and St. Louis-based Capital Innovators.
The 13-week hybrid program will be held at NGA’s Moonshot Labs in St. Louis. Eight companies have been selected for the third cohort, and they are tasked with tackling the NGA’s four mission imperatives.
Pandata Tech’s Data Quality Method (DQM) platform addresses the NGA’s mission of Data Access and Data Integrity.
“We are grateful and excited to work directly with a team at NGA to explore multiple use cases that address internal cybersecurity risks and data validation,” says Jessica Reitmeier, co-founder of Pandata Tech.
sEATz wins visiting VC competition
This Houston startup is headed to D.C. Photo courtesy
Revolution Ventures visited Houston and was hosted by the HX Venture Fund. On the visit, investors got a peek into the Houston innovation ecosystem, meet startups, and more. Managing Partner Tige Savage, who spoke with InnovationMap ahead of his visit, posed a challenge to startups to showcase their dream day in Houston. The winner would receive a trip to Washington D.C., where Revolution is based, and the Revolution team would return to the Bayou City to execute the dream day.
Houston-based in-venue mobile ordering solution sEATz won the competition with its submission, which included visiting Houston’s sports stadiums, experiencing NASA, drinking at breweries, and BBQ. The submission can be viewed here.
Liongard expands its offerings
Houston-based Liongard’s Roar technology is helping its customers get all their IT services under one umbrella. Image via Getty Images
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