Entrepreneurs For Houston Fund Launches with Goal of Raising $10 Million

In collaboration with the City of Houston and the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Strategy Office, Entrepreneurs for Houston (E4H) today launched the Entrepreneurs for Houston Fund with an initial goal of raising $10 million. The first focus of the E4H Fund is to provide financial support to the ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts led by Sketch City and Station Houston. During Harvey, Sketch City and Station Houston joined forces to assist the civic-tech and volunteer communities in creating open-source disaster response infrastructure. The E4H Fund provides the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and foundations to support these civic relief efforts aiding in rescue, relief, recovery, and rebuild projects in Houston. The long-term goal of the E4H Fund is to provide financial support for Houston’s entrepreneurial and civic efforts that will restore and sustain the city’s economy.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s impact, hundreds of volunteer designers, developers, marketers and civic hackers from Sketch City’s community joined forces to build and launch dozens of emergency crisis tools. Some of Sketch City’s initial projects already underway include:

  • Shelter Bot, allowing people in need to text their zip code to 346-214-0739 to find their nearest shelter;
  • HelpOutHouston.com, a continuously updated map of shelters and their needs; and
  • TexasRescueMap.com/MuckMap, connecting homeowners who need help clearing out materials from their flooded homes with volunteers to help with that work.

E4H has partnered with Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Technology & Innovation Task Force to support the grassroots tech and innovation ecosystem throughout Houston. This partnership stems from Mayor Turner’s continued mission to ignite Houston’s innovation economy. E4H’s near-term goal is funding the collaboration of Station and Sketch City to develop a “Disaster Relief Toolkit” to directly assist Harvey relief and recovery. Sketch City has already shared pieces of the Toolkit with developers and emergency response personnel preparing for Hurricane Irma and will continue to share the Toolkit with other cities and communities in their greatest time of need.

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