Upcoming Events

Perfecting Your Pitch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
December 7

Join DeckLaunch and Fresh Tech Solutionz as they discuss the importance and value of refining your pitch deck.

Plaza Tec: Data Science in Business and Enterprise

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
December 9

Join us for an introduction to Data Science in business and how to use data to drive your business.

How to Start a Startup | Heath Butler, Mercury Fund

5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
December 14

Learn how to identify problems, needs, and trends worth pursuing and then how to create and evaluate possible solutions to these problems.


The Accelerator Hub at The Ion houses several accelerator programs, including The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator, The Ion Aerospace Innovation Accelerator, DivInc’s Accelerator Program, and the Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator.

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The Ion supports businesses at all stages of the innovation lifecycle and provides resources for those seeking to engage in the innovation ecosystem.

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Our Team


Jan E. Odegard

Executive Director


Joey Sanchez

Senior Director, Ecosystems


Christine Galib

Senior Director, Programs


Deanea LeFlore

Senior Director, Partnerships


Stewart Cory

Director, Strategy and Planning

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