The heartbeat of IC&S is the showcase, a place where premier technology startups connect with over 600 key decision makers, entrepreneurs, technologists, and community members to share their leading edge platforms, devices, processes, equipment, and more. After lunch and inspiring messages from our speakers, conference guests flood the exhibition hall to meet and greet with entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and developers behind the technologies.
$10,000 – Paul Frison Best in Show – Showcase Award
$7,000 – WeWork In-Kind – Showcase Award
Founder of the Houston Technology Center, Paul Frison served as its President from 1999-2007. He has been President and/or CEO of three public, technology based companies: LifeMark (1975-1984), NYSE; ComputerCraft (1984-1999), NASDAQ; and LifeCell (1986-1999). He has been involved in numerous other start-ups by serving on the Board of Directors. He has raised multiple rounds of venture capital, two IPOs, and more than a dozen follow-on rounds of public financing.
Chris Melson is the CEO of ProMaxima, a leading US manufacturer of strength and conditioning equipment. Previously, Chris was the President and CEO Netsurion (previously Vendor Safe), and Augmentix. Netsurion was acquired by Providence equity partners as part of a successful exit. As the founding CEO Chris led Augmentix raising more than $25M in venture funding.
Chris serves on several Boards including the Houston Technology Center, a non-profit technology incubator recently named by Forbes as one of the top 10 technology incubators “changing the world”.