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Executive Director





Dr. Odegard is the Executive Director at the Ion. The Ion is the epicenter for Houston’s innovation ecosystem and currently anchors the 16-acre Ion District that is being developed by the Rice Management Company. The Ion serves as a hub focusing on quality collaborations between entrepreneurs, incubators, accelerators, corporations, academics, and the broader Houston community. The Ion’s mission is to create opportunities to advance and sustain economic growth in Houston and to foster innovation in energy, healthcare, space, transportation, manufacturing, and other industries. It is home to event space hosting daily programs, Common Desk coworking, the Ion Investor Studio, the Ion Prototyping Lab powered by TXRX, and tenants such as Microsoft, Chevron Technology Ventures, ARA Partners, Rice University, and OpenStax, with more to be announced. Odegard has over 25 years of leadership experience supporting innovators and enabling research and life-long learning engagements in computing, data science, and information technology.

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