Robert, Director of Economic Development for Central Houston Inc., is responsible for developing strategies to accelerate the growth of Houston’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, and proactively advance Downtown Houston as a premier global destination for corporate headquarters.
Robert has a proven track record for developing innovation ecosystem initiatives in California and Texas that bridge the gaps between entrepreneurs, startups, startup development organizations, corporations, investors, academia and government.
His vision led to the creation of a 17,000-SF Downtown innovation hub. The inspiration behind his project Downtown Launchpad was to integrate specific ecosystem elements in a distinct space, fostering a robust environment to support high-growth, high-impact startups. The project is anchored by nationally recognized startup accelerators MassChallenge and gener8tor, and globally recognized incubator Impact Hub.
He serves as an advisory board member for Austin-based venture fund Ecliptic Capital, multiple startups across different industry verticals, and startup accelerators gener8or and MassChallenge Texas.