SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas, USA
3–5 October 2022

Startup Village | 20-21 September 2022

A look back to 2019 with David Reid and Bryant Mueller as we celebrate our sixth year!

Apply by 15 July to compete in the Startup Village Energy Startup Competition

The deadline for the Startup Village Energy Startup Competition application is Friday, 15 July. Please complete the application form below to be considered as a competitor.

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Startup Village Sponsorship Gallery

Give your organization maximum exposure to an audience of E&P professionals, including top decision-makers. Consider a sponsorship package for Startup Village!


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Startup Village Sponsorship Brochure

With the Startup Village sponsorship, you can target venture capitalists, angel investors, veteran entrepreneurs, and industry leaders. This is a great way to showcase your company's support of innovative technologies and newly-formed companies.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors


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Meet Some of Our Recent Winners

Coming soon: a Message from Hivecell, the 2021 Startup Village "Best in Show" Winner

A Message from Dan Cohen Flite Material Sciences, the 2020 Startup Village "Best in Show" Winner


News about 2020 "People's Choice", ViiBE 


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The ATCE Startup Village is a partnership between SPE and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University.

The Startup Village will take place virtually this year. It will consist of the Energy Startup Competition on Tuesday, 20 September, and the Competition Awards Ceremony and "Meet the Experts" on Wednesday, 21 September.

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For ATCE Startup Village or event sponsorship, contact Gail Smith, SPE Senior Event Manager.

For the Energy Startup Competition, contact Tara Williams, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship Program Manager. 

Energy Startup Competition

Launched in 2017, the Energy Startup Competition is a fast-paced competition showcasing emerging energy technology companies.

Competitors will receive visibility among leaders in the upstream energy industry, recognition as technology leaders, the opportunity for cash prizes, networking with leading energy investors, and mentoring.

The 12 finalist companies selected to present will have the opportunity to participate in a mentoring session before the Competition and will receive complimentary admission to ATCE.

During the competition, each company will have 7 minutes to provide information about their company and technology to a group of venture capitalists, angel investors, and industry leaders.

During "Meet the Experts", all participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and gain insights from investors, industry representatives, and veteran entrepreneurs about building startups.

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Startup Village Committee

Bryant Mueller, AspenTech

Brad Burke, Rice Alliance
Nayeem Chowdhury, NOV
Stuart Coleman, Chevron
Sean Ebert, Altira Group
Chad Harkness, Schlumberger
Charles Kosa, Novi Labs
Nikhil Kulkarni, Wipro
Sylvaine Le Roy-Delage, AD-GY Consulting




Aaron Lazarus, Pioneer Natural Resources
Nii Nunoo, KPMG
Narayanan Radhakrishnan, NOV
David Reid, NOV and past Chairperson
Jose Silva, Xecta Digital Labs
Jeff Simmons, Oxy
Phoebe Wang, Shell Ventures
Tara Williams, Rice Alliance