The University of Houston's startup accelerator and tech coworking space
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We launch technology startups at the University of Houston.

Founded in 2013 by one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the nation, the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship.

RED Labs is the University of Houston's coworking space, startup accelerator, and technology entrepreneurship program. We work with UH-affiliated founders (faculty, students, and recent alumni of the past 6 months) to turn their technology startup ideas into high growth ventures by providing free co-working space, access to mentors and resources in the startup community, and customized startup curriculum. We are non-profit and take no equity.

During the summer, our accelerator accepts up to ten companies and runs them through a full-time, three-month intensive program with curriculum, mentorship, and more.

Since 2013, 64 founders have launched 24 companies at RED Labs.

Workspace, Mentorship, Education, and More

You can optionally earn up to 6 hours course credit for working on your startup.
MIS 4397 / 7397 and ENTR 4397 / 7397.

Coworking Space

Housed in Bauer College of Business' Melcher Hall. An access-controlled space on campus where you can work on your startup surrounded by like-minded individuals. Unlimited ramen noodles and coffee, a 3D printer, and an Oculus Rift.


During the Spring semester, work with us as we help you with initial drafts of your business model, product-market fit, and getting started on customer validation. Includes hands-on mentorship and startup curriculum.

Summer Accelerator

A full-time, 3 month program that includes intensive mentoring, curriculum, and exposure to Houston's best resources. Work closely in a cohort of UH and Rice startup founders in a variety of industries. The accelerator culminates with the Bayou Startup Showcase, hosted jointly with Rice University's OwlSpark accelerator. 3 hours course credit available.

Summer 2016: RED Labs Class 4.

Housed in the Texas Medical Center's new 100,000 square foot Innovation Institute (TMCx), the summer accelerator is an intensive, 3 month program operated in collaboration with Rice University's startup accelerator, OwlSpark. The summer accelerator (Class 4) begins on May 23rd, 2016 and concludes with the Bayou Startup Showcase.

During the summer accelerator, we'll work with you full time to launch and grow your startup. We give you free co-working space at TMCx and access to mentors from Houston's technology startup ecosystem. You'll attend sessions on topics such as funding, legal considerations, building a team, and other material that we have developed for early-stage founders. We'll also bring in successful entrepreneurs to recount some of their experiences and help you move your startup forward.

Some highlights from last summer - meet Kelsey Ruger, our interns, datafuel, guestographer, Lumen Motors, Teomics, Towbee, and Victory Crate. Also, view photos from RED Labs Class 3.

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