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Inspiring Stories from Outside the 610

The heart of our mission at VoyageHouston is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Houston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out rising stars from outside the 610 below.

Nipa and Amit Joshi

As engineers ourselves, we value education and enriching academic activities. When our oldest child started going to school, we wanted to look for some such educational enrichment activity. We did not come across any program that felt like a perfect combination of academic and overall personality growth of a child. Nipa had taken a sabbatical from field service work to be there with our daughters during their early development years. They were now in elementary school and it felt like a good time to focus on her career. Their passion for education led us to thinking of starting our own learning center. It was at that same time, sometime in 2016, Amit attended a small business seminar at the Galleria and learned about Best Brains, then a new academic enrichment program, wanting to expand their franchise. The Best Brains philosophy and methodology tuned well with our thinking that education is the best gift we can give to our next generation. Read more>>

Tai Prince

I am an engineer by formal education and work as one in the energy industry. My grandmother is the one who taught me but not in a formal manner. She would watch my sister, cousins and me during the summer. She baked pies and made candy apples for neighborhood orders. I would help her in the kitchen while she was making them. It was our time to hang out and bond. At the time, little did I know that I would be the only one to carry on her baking skills and tradition to turn it into a business. Once I graduated from college and started working for Toyota Manufacturing as an engineer, I started to bake for my coworkers and church members. It was also my way to stay connected to my grandmother. I started experimenting with flavors and special requests on the weekends. Finally, I mustered up the courage with guidance from my parents to make it official. In 2013, I received my LLC, but it took me a year before using it because I got nervous. When I moved to Houston in 2014, I said, new city, new goals. One of those goals was to make my business active. I am proud to say that I have completed that goal every year. You have to be intentional about who you want to be and the things that you want. Read more>>

Trinity Smith

I’m a teenage business owner who is dedicated and ambitious. I’ve been using different hair products for a while, which caused hair breakage and damage over the years. Most of these big names and global brands are filled with so many chemicals and alcohol, which caused my hair breakage, and that was enough for me. I was determined to start my own line, so I researched about the hair care industry. With the help of my mom, we started Sleek Haircare. Read more>>

Xavier Howard

I started my business in the fall of 2020 after the dust finally settled from the covid-19 pandemic. After sitting in the house for almost a full 9 months and growing restless with myself I decided to start a bath and body company. I spent the last few years learning and growing in the streets of Houston. Indulging in the foods, music, art, and most importantly the people. Everything it is that makes our city great. It was very important to me that my business reflects the city that I love, the listens that I’ve learned, and the comforts of life. I created Mister Bodyworks. Read more>>

Harry Rahman

Originally from Pakistan and having grown up in Africa, I came to the USA when I was 18. I worked thru college to get a marketing degree and started working in the energy efficiency industry, where I worked for 18 years and realized the need for newer technologies that we’re able to solve problems that consumers had no idea that existed. In 2019 I started a company called Veloce Innovation. Veloce means fast in Italian, so our vision was to create new technologies faster and bring them to market. Some of the problems we can now solve are: making people more comfortable by increasing the performance of the existing glass without window replacement in the home and office. Our technologies focus on wherever there is glass; we can perfect it by taking away is negative side effects. Heat reduction, Fading reduction, increased privacy, glare control, safety and security improvement, and decorative coatings are some of the drawbacks of glass that can be perfected. Read more>>

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