Editor’s note:Another week has come and gone, and it’s time to round up the top headlines from the past few days. Trending Houston tech and startup news on InnovationMap includes innovators to know, fresh funding from a Houston software startup, a new sports tech scale-up program, and more.
3 Houston innovators to know this week
This week’s roundup of Houston innovators includes Armand Paradis of ComboCurve, Matthew Nojoomi of Ictero Medical, and Ryan McCord of McCord Development. Courtesy photos
In this week’s roundup of Houston innovators to know, I’m introducing you to three local innovators across industries – from health tech to energy software – recently making headlines in Houston innovation. Click here to continue reading.
Sports tech scale-up program launches in Houston, names inaugural cohort
Calling all sports tech startups ready to scale. Photo via Getty Images
Familiar names within Houston innovation have teamed up to launch a program for sports tech startups ready to scale.
Pokatok Labs announced five companies that make up its inaugural cohort. Pokatok is founded by Lawson Gow, founder of The Cannon; Chris Buckner, founder of Mainline; and Alex Gras, former chief commercial officer of The Cannon. (Note: Lawson Gow is the son of David Gow, the CEO of InnovationMap’s parent company, Gow Media.)
The new program is targeting growing seeds and series. The nine-week program is free to its cohort member and will run twice a year. Participating companies receive access to a network of organizations, advisers, investors, and subject matter experts within sports tech.
“Houston has a huge potential to emerge as a global leader in sports innovation, and the launch of this program is an important step in that direction,” says Gow, who serves as Pokatok’s CEO. Click here to continue reading.
Houston startup raises $ 30M series B, plans to expand its offerings to customers
Growing Houston-based WizeHire tripled its headcount last year and plans to grow even more as it scales up. Photo courtesy of WizeHire
A Houston software company has closed its latest funding round to the tune of $ 30 million.
WizeHire, a tech-enabled hiring solution for small businesses, announced the closing of its series B round, bringing its total funding to $ 37.5 million and its valuation to $ 250 million, according to the news release. The round was led by Tiger Global with participation from prior Houston-based investors Amplo and Mercury.
The pandemic has greatly impacted businesses ability to hire new employees. Founded in 2014, WizeHire launched a free version of its optimized longing solution at the height of COVID-19. The company also helped small businesses to get their doors open.
Sid Upadhyay, CEO of WizeHire, said in the release, “The pandemic was an incredibly tough time for Main Street, and we were right there with them,” We are constantly amazed by the depth of our clients’ trust in us and in response, they have stepped up to serve them as a trusted advisor in their business growth. We plan to build a marketplace for small businesses to have access to the resources they need to succeed. ” Click here to continue reading.
Houston-based mental health startup backed by Serena Williams emerges from stealth
OURS is re-imagining and de-stigmatizing couples therapy. Photo by Mikhail Nilov / Pexels
A Houston startup that’s re-imagining mental health treatment and counseling has emerged from stealth, announcing financial support from seed investors including tennis legend and venture capital investor Serena Williams.
Targeting the $ 5 trillion health and wellness market, OURS is founded by family therapist and author Liz Earnshaw, by Adam Putterman and Jessica Holton.
“We’re excited to take this first step in shifting the way we think about relationship health. We are building for a world that treats health relationships with equal importance as physical, mental and emotional health. Holton, who serves as co-CEO, says in a news release. Click here to continue reading.
6 things startups should know about the latest HR legislation, according to this Houston expert
When it comes to the SECURE Act 2.0’s impact on businesses, here are six areas leaders of startups should consider. Photo via Pexels
In an effort to encourage more workers to retire, the federal government passed the Act that went into effect in December 2019, benefiting employers that established retirement plans avenue to save for retirement.
To build on this retirement savings legislation, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill entitled, Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022, by the overwhelming bipartisan majority. This bill has been nicknamed SECURE Act 2.0 because it builds on the original SECURE Act. Although the SECURE Act 2.0 is not yet and requires consideration by the U.S. Senate, its powerful appeal in the U.S. House of Representatives is a strong indicator of further developments to retirement savings legislation in the not-so-distant future.
While the SECURE Act 2.0 affects all businesses, it appears that the legislation in its current state may be most limited. Below are six areas leaders should consider. Click here to continue reading.