Station Houston, a growing hub for startup technology companies, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, has named Gabriella Rowe as its new CEO.
Rowe, a veteran business leader and innovation strategist, plans to accelerate the transformation of Station Houston into a world-leading innovation hub and establish powerful partnerships amongst academic institutions, corporations, investors and entrepreneurs. She’s also tasked with helping drive the development of Houston’s Innovation District alongside numerous startup development organizations, educational institutions, corporate partners and the City of Houston.
Launched in March 2016, Station now serves over 200 startups, 400 members, 130 mentors, and dozens of high-impact strategic partnerships with corporations and service providers that represent key Houston industries.
Rowe replaces outgoing CEO John Reale, who will remain on the Board of Directors and an active mentor of Station’s startup companies. Reale co-founded Station Houston alongside Blair Garrou, Emily Keeton and Grace Rodriguez in 2016. Through Reale’s leadership, Station quickly established itself as the hub of software entrepreneurship in Houston, helping to support the region’s innovation and entrepreneur community. Reale was instrumental in forging Station Houston’s partnership with Rice University and developing key initiatives to help launch and support Houston’s Innovation District.
“What JR has done in such a short amount of time is incredible. I’ll work closely with him during this transition period and leverage his expertise as we continue to grow and support even more startups and attract more venture capitalists to Houston,” said Rowe. “I am so excited to get started because I think we are only scratching the surface relative to the resources, education, and collaborations we can bring to make Houston a groundbreaking city for long-term innovation and entrepreneurship. I am looking forward to leading the team and working with our community of 180 startups and 350 corporate and individual members as we begin this next phase of growth.”
Prior to Station Houston, Rowe was the Director of Project Management and Corporate Development at Nord Anglia Education. Before that she was the Head of School at The Village School in Houston, a position she was actively recruited for and, after one year, grew student enrollment by 20 percent. There, she spearheaded major school expansions and innovative curriculum updates, such as required coding classes for middle-school students, an entrepreneurship diploma with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a partnership with MIT to enhance Village’s STEAM program.
Click here for more on Station Houston.