Nonprofit incubator Impact Hub Houston will provide innovative programming for members and other Launchpad tenants
HOUSTON — Central Houston and the Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) today announced Impact Hub Houston as a new resident partner at Downtown Launchpad, an innovation space opening in September 2020 at Amegy on Main (1801 Main Street). Impact Hub Houston, a member of a global organization with more than 100 locations on five continents, was founded in 2018 to inspire, connect and empower entrepreneurs working to solve social problems in Houston and beyond. With its new headquarters at Downtown Launchpad, the 501c3 nonprofit organization will continue its innovative programming—entrepreneurial programs, startup workshops, networking opportunities and other special events—aimed at creating an inclusive, impact-oriented community for its members as well as other Launchpad tenants and the Houston startup community at large.
“Our long-term vision for Downtown Launchpad is a vibrant innovation ecosystem where companies can go from the idea-stage to operations, moving into coworking or office space at Amegy on Main as they grow and scale,” said Robert Pieroni. “Impact Hub Houston will fill an important role in this ecosystem as an incubator that provides support for startups from all industries and at any stage in their entrepreneurial journey. We were drawn to Impact Hub Houston because of its ability to foster a sense of community and collaboration through a holistic approach, a focus on inclusivity and a strong network of partnerships in Houston and across the globe.”
Impact Hub Houston will join accelerators MassChallenge and gener8tor at the 17,000-square-foot Downtown Launchpad, which occupies the 10th floor of Amegy on Main and will also include space for incubators, labs, creatives, coworking and corporate innovation. (MassChallenge and gener8tor have received economic development grants from the DRA to operate in Downtown Houston through 2024 and have agreements at Downtown Launchpad through 2030.) Impact Hub members at both the Community ($35/month) and Accelerate ($250/month) levels will be able to connect virtually through their local and global apps, and can access the Downtown Launchpad for drop-in coworking, event space, and conference and huddle rooms.
As a condition of their 10-year lease, the organization will host ongoing community events at Downtown Launchpad, including thought-provoking discussions, expert-led talks, hands-on learning opportunities and facilitated community conversations. Impact Hub Houston will also track, measure and report on their impact outcomes, which are aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including: equality, equity and social justice; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; sustainable cities and communities; and partnerships for the goals.
“We celebrate Central Houston’s vision in launching this ‘vertical village’ and appreciate their ongoing support in including Impact Hub Houston as a part of it,” said Grace Rodriguez, CEO/Executive Director of Impact Hub Houston. “We are thrilled to join our Community Partners MassChallenge and gener8tor in building a seamless pipeline for impact innovators and social entrepreneurs at Downtown Launchpad. It takes a village to raise an entrepreneur, and now we have that village with the infrastructure and community to raise generations of diverse innovators. It’s another exciting step towards our goal to build an authentically inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem that looks like Houston and works for all in our region.”
Central Houston and DRA have partnered with innovation hub developer The Cannon as operation partner for Downtown Launchpad. When the space opens in September 2020, Impact Hub members and companies involved in the MassChallenge and gener8tor accelerator programs, along with other startups at The Cannon (located on the 13th floor of Amegy on Main), will be part of a “vertical village” of innovation with an entrepreneurial energy unlike any other office environment in the city.
In addition to the on-site amenities and access at Amegy on Main, Downtown Launchpad is located in the emerging neighborhood of Southern Downtown. Situated along METRORail and part of the innovation corridor, Southern Downtown has seen an increase of more than 1,700 new residential units since 2012 as a result of the Downtown Living Initiative, a tax incentive program created by the City of Houston, DRA and Downtown District to encourage new multifamily residential and mixed-use developments in the area. The DRA is also currently developing the new Southern Downtown Park at the 1500 block of Fannin Street, which will be anchored by Tout Suite, a local, fast-casual cafe and bake shop.
For a press kit with further background on Impact Hub Houston, high-res renderings of the Downtown Launchpad and background on the MassChallenge and gener8tor agreements, please visit https://bit.ly/2EeffTV.
About Central Houston, Inc.
Central Houston, Inc. is the steward of Houston’s vision for the redevelopment and revitalization of Downtown. Central Houston has contributed to the momentum of this exciting revitalization by enhancing collaboration among public officials, developers and businesses and has facilitated many of the public and private projects that have transformed downtown over the past 30 years.
Today, Central Houston’s leadership and oversight continue to play a critical role downtown. Priorities focus on the image of the city, quality of life, strengthening Houston’s economic base and continued collaboration with the City, County, METRO and downtown property owners to improve our central city. For more information, visit centralhouston.org.
About Downtown Redevelopment Authority
The Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) facilitates positive development of the area within the Tax Increment Zone #3 (TIRZ #3) boundaries. Tax increment dollars collected within the boundaries of the Zone are reinvested back into the Zone through the Board of Directors. It accomplishes this by providing financial incentives through public/private sector partnerships designed to make Downtown Houston a place where Houstonians and visitors want to live, work and play. For more information, visit downtowntirz.com.
About Impact Hub Houston
Impact Hub Houston is a locally rooted, globally connected, 501c3 nonprofit organization that inspires, connects and empowers people working to solve some of society’s most pressing problems in the Greater Houston area and beyond. A member of the Impact Hub global network—the world’s largest community recognized by the United Nations for accelerating entrepreneurial solutions towards scalable impact for the SDGs—Impact Hub Houston intentionally designs places, platforms and programs to build an inclusive innovation ecosystem and equitably empower diverse innovators and social entrepreneurs to create the change they wish to see in the world. For more information, visit houston.impacthub.net.