Venture Houston 2021- Pitch Competition


The Houston venture and tech ecosystem is exploding and it’s time to get involved! Venture Houston 2021 is the premier virtual event for entrepreneurs and venture investors to plug into what is happening in Houston.

Taking place on February 4th and 5th, you will hear from many of HX Venture Fund’s limited partner corporate CEOs, top portfolio VCs, Houston’s industry leaders, and emerging and successful Houston entrepreneurs. Each afternoon will hold a pitch competition for Houston’s top early-stage companies where investment and in-kind prizes will be awarded by investors at the event.


This 2-day event features sought after speakers including keynote, Steve Case, founder of AOL and Revolution Ventures. You do not want to miss out on the incredible insight into Houston’s future and the access to incredible innovation, talent, and the entrepreneurial spirit Houston has to offer.


Key takeaways include:

  • Engaging with peers during panel sessions and continuing the conversation in industry-focused breakout rooms.
  • Joining curated 1 on 1 networking sessions and meet Houston’s innovation leaders, promising startup founders, and top investors from around the country.
  • Participating in a premier pitch competition for Houston’s top early-stage (Seed and Series A) companies focusing on Tech, Life Sciences, and Consumer-based verticals.

Pitch Competition


We are looking for all pre-seed through series B companies interested in venture backing, and headquartered in Houston / Gulf Coast Region (West to Bryan/College Station (vs. Austin), North to Montgomery, South to Galveston, East to Beaumont). Whether you’ve bootstrapped or raised capital previously, we want to see what you have to offer!

APPLY HERE-Applications close January 15th at 5:00pm!


Winners will be selected by a group of top national and Houston-based VC investors.

Jan 15- Applications close
Jan 20-Semi-finalists announced
Jan 27-Semi-finalist pitch videos due
Feb 4- Live semi-finals with judge Q&A (virtual)
Feb 5-Live finals with judge Q&A (virtual)

Competition Prizes
*Investment prize:

$500,000 from Fitz Gate Ventures

$250,000 from The Artemis Fund

$250,000 from Montrose Lane

$250,000 from LiveOak Venture Partners

$150,000 from Carnrite Ventures

$100,000 from Mercury Fund

$100,000 from Next Coast Ventures

$50,000 from Houston Angel Network

$50,000 from Texas Halo Fund

$50,000 from Plug and Play

$25,000 from Business Angel Minority Association

Cash Prize:
$15,000 from Halliburton Labs

In-kind prizes from Baird CapitalLead Edge CapitalGreycroftUpdata Partners, and venBio.

*Investment prizes are contingent on the ability of the venture firm to identify startup(s) that meet their investment thesis and ability to reach an agreement with the startup(s) on investment terms.