Station Houston and Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship partner to launch first Texas Digital Summit

The Texas Digital Summit is the leading conference for commercial innovation, bringing together corporate innovation leaders and emerging startups to bridge the gap between ideation and commercialization

HOUSTON - July 24, 2018 – Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Station Houston announced the launch of the inaugural Texas Digital Summit to connect emerging technology startups to Fortune 500 corporate innovation leaders. More than 50 startups with high-potential for commercialization will present their new concepts to a group of more than 400 investors and corporate innovators at Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University on December 6, 2018.

“There is no better place than Houston for startups at all stages - from ideation and research to launched and scaling - to work with Fortune 500 corporations. Access to data, shared resources, the potential for a pilot or a first customer from a large, established industry leaders, can accelerate and increase the opportunity for long-term success for startup founders,” said John Reale, Co-founder & CEO of Station Houston.

The Rice Alliance - Rice University’s nationally recognized initiative to support the creation of technology-based companies and the commercialization of new technologies, and Station Houston - the region’s hub for innovation technology and entrepreneurship, have launched the Texas Digital Summit to build upon the strong foundation set by local major industries and to capitalize on Houston’s strength as a leader in industrial innovation.

“Houston has a diverse and strong entrepreneurship ecosystem dedicated to positioning Houston as a prominent tech city. We are a recognized leader in several key sectors including energy, life science and manufacturing,” said Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance. “With extensive university research, sector diversity and high density of Fortune 500 companies in our city, we have the inherent capabilities to be the region that leads industrial innovation.

The two-day summit will feature an invitation-only session for startup founders to personally pitch to innovation executives from across the country. The program will also include panel discussions on the real-world applications of artificial intelligence, automation, blockchain, and the connected worker from experts at leading corporations.

Programs like the Texas Digital Summit and the recently announced innovation center in midtown are a testament to Rice University and Station Houston’s shared commitment to making Houston the premier city for corporate innovation within the next decade.

For startups interested in presenting, additional information can be found at Applications to present open on Wednesday, August 1.


About Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship is Rice University’s globally recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education and the launch of technology companies. Since inception in 1999, more than 2,200 early-stage companies have participated at the 185+ programs hosted by the Rice Alliance and raised more than $5.9 billion in funding.Learn more at


About Station Houston
Station Houston exists to help entrepreneurs build better tech startups by making their journey easier, less lonely, and a lot more fun.

Launched in March of 2016, Station Houston’s vision is to transform Houston into a world-leading hub for technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Our mission is to serve entrepreneurs by connecting them with talent, mentors, customers and capital to build high-growth, high-impact tech startups.

In the past two years, the Station community has grown to include over 180 startups, 350 members, 130 mentors, and high-impact strategic partnerships with corporations that represent the key industries driving Houston’s economy.

Learn more at #WeAreStation