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Growth-Stage VC: Behind the Dealmaking Curtain

July 30, 2024 @ 5:00 pm 6:30 pm CST

Join Greentown Labs at the Ion on July 30th for the the fourth workshop of the Houston Ion District Investor Activation Program!

Are you curious about the behind-the-scenes of growth-stage venture capital deals? Join Greentown Labs at The Ion for the next workshop in the Houston Ion District Investor Activation Program! In this session, we’ll be learning from our friends at Vinson & Elkins about a real growth-stage venture capital deal that they recently advised on.

Together we will learn directly from the founder of the company, the investor that made the deal, and the lawyer that advised on the investment. A previously unknown part of the venture investment life cycle, this session will shed light on an aspect of entrepreneurship that most startups don’t even make it to. Join us to peel back the curtain together!

The Houston Ion District Investor Activation Program is helping to build an equitable startup ecosystem capable of rapid deployment by addressing a fundamental challenge: the region’s lack of funding for early-stage climatetech startups, especially for those led by underrepresented founders. 

This program from Greentown Labs and The Ion brings early-stage investors from Greater Houston—a region playing a pivotal role in the energy transition—into the fold, offering education on climatetech investing, channeling a pool of capital to young startups, and catalyzing a thriving startup investment ecosystem that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Join the program here!


​5:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Check-In & Networking
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm: Panel Discussion
6:00 pm – 6:15 pm: Q&A
6:15 pm – 6:30 pm: Networking & Event concludes

About the SpeakerMichael P. Gibson | People | Vinson & Elkins LLP

Michael advises clients on strategic and capital-raising transactions across a broad range of industries, including technology, renewable and sustainable energy, transportation and manufacturing. Michael has extensive experience with minority and growth equity investments (including preferred equity and convertible debt financings), as well as acquisitions, dispositions and sale-of-the-company transactions, and corporate reorganizations. He also regularly advises on corporate governance, securities law and other general corporate matters.

Michael represents a wide variety of enterprises, from public and private companies and their boards of directors, to private equity investors and their portfolio companies, and venture capital investors and emerging growth companies.

Michael was selected to be included in the BTI Client Service All-Stars list in 2022, where a client interviewee praised Michael in saying that he “is always on top of things for us.”

Venue Information

Ion District Parking Garage: Enter 4111 Fannin Street into your GPS for directions directly to this parking garage, located a block from the Ion. Parking in the Ion District Garage is free for the first two hours.

The Ion
4201 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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If you have questions please reach out to Greentown Labs’ Events Manager, Benita Mahanta ([email protected]).