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The launch of the Entrepreneurs for Houston fund.

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$10,000,000

The E4H Fund provides individuals, corporations, and foundations with the opportunity to support the entrepreneurial and civic technology initiatives aiding the rescue, relief, recovery, and rebuilding of Houston.

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The E4H Mission

Founded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Entrepreneurs for Houston (E4H) is a dedicated effort to drive growth and opportunity in Houston’s entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation communities. E4H was founded by five Houston-based organizations: Alice, Mercury Fund, Sketch City, Station Houston, Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute. Together, these organizations launched a movement that we hope will continue well into the future of Houston.


The initial focus of E4H was to direct financial support to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett. This endeavor has achieved tremendous success, as E4H’s outreach efforts have encouraged entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives and organizations to donate over $27 million to the Harvey Relief Fund.


Now, E4H has launched its own Fund, with the mission of supporting the entrepreneurial and civic technology initiatives led by Sketch City, Station Houston, Alice, the Texas Medical Center, and other organizations, that will restore and sustain Houston’s economy. E4H seeks to raise $10 million to aid in the recovery and rebuilding of Houston over the weeks, months, and years ahead. With these resources, we will work side-by-side with the City of Houston and the Mayor's office to overcome the obstacles resulting from Hurricane Harvey and offer disaster preparation and recovery solutions to other communities in need. 

Houston is a city of dreamers and doers. From pioneering medical breakthroughs to putting footsteps on the moon, we face challenges head-on and accomplish the seemingly impossible. The road to recovery will be long, but through the power of collaboration and innovation, we will restore Houston and chart the course on disaster response and relief for other cities around the world.

Current Sketch City Initiatives

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Harvey API
The Harvey API supports data management for rescue, relief, and recovery efforts. Developed for Harvey and now deployed for Irma.
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Civic Innovation Fellowships
Sketch City's fellowship program embeds technologists and policy experts within the City's relief efforts, building useful technology tools and analyzing data at a rapid pace.
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HelpOutHouston.com
A continuously updated map of shelters and their needs, benefiting both volunteers who wish to donate their time/supplies and Houstonians in need of shelters/supplies.
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OneClickRelief.com
A site that enables users to order supplies from Amazon to deliver to shleters.

Current Station Houston Initiatives

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Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs)
Award fellowships to developers and other innovators as they identify problems in the community and develop scalable solutions for recovery and rebuilding challenges.
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Station Memberships
Provide workspace for the startup community to connect on relief and recovery efforts, as well as programming, mentorships, and the network to support current and future projects.
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Civic Innovation Lab
Establish dedicated long-term space within Station for entrepreneurs, Sketch City, subject matter experts, and officials to collaborate and create innovative solutions related to disaster preparation and recovery efforts.
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Entrepreneurship 101
Develop and produce dedicated educational programming series to empower more Houstonians to create their own destinies through technology and entrepreneurship.

Supporting Organizations

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Station Houston is the hub for Houston's tech innovation and entrepreneurship community. Station connects tech entrepreneurs with experienced mentors, investors, customers, education and talent – the essential tools to success for a startup. Post Harvey, Station has opened its doors and resources to serve the broader tech, marketing and civic hacker community who are developing solutions to support Houston's relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts.
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Sketch City is a Houston-based open, non-profit community of technology advocates and civic hackers. Through hackathons and meetups, the Sketch City community is on the frontlines of creating solutions to Houston’s most pressing civic challenges, including enabling communication for Hurricane Harvey rescue and relief efforts during the earliest onset of the storm and the development of apps to assist the City in all phases of its rescue, relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts.
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Alice is an intelligent business advisor offering universal access to business solutions and connections to curated opportunities and communities at http://www.helloalice.com. Alice also hosts a 12-week digital accelerator for women entrepreneurs and an annual conference, Circular Summit, for women founders, investors and media.
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The TMCx program provides startup companies with shared workspaces, a curriculum tailored to the needs of health care entrepreneurs and the guidance of over 120 advisors from the front lines of the industry. The TMCx’s goal is to quickly and effectively connect entrepreneurs to stakeholdres.
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Mercury Fund is an early-state venture capital firm. With over $200 million under management, Mercury focuses on entrepreneurs and technology innovation originiating in the U.S. Midcontinent. Its investment themes target SaaS, Cloud and Data Science/AI platforms that make the industrial ecosystems of Middle America more competitive and efficient.
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YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow. YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact. The YPO Gulf States chapter, based in Houston, embraces the YPO organization but also fully embodies the spirit and personality of our entrepreneurial city. Our chapter is defined by its authenticity, humility, commitment to family, and enduring entrepreneurial spirit. We value our members’ accomplishments, but more, we value the people, their families, and the manner in which they have succeeded in business and in life.