McKINNEY, TX -- The leading magazine chronicling innovation in North Texas, NTX Inno, has named James Griffin, CEO of Invene, a North Texas 25 Under 25 recipient. This award highlights some of the best and brightest of the region’s young, innovative minds. The selection process involved nominations from entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and accelerators to identify potential candidates. Inno’s editorial board selected the finalists.

Griffin, 22, is a proud member of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. Griffin’s company, Invene, is a boutique software development firm that creates custom solutions for healthcare companies. Their clients range from hospital systems to established healthcare companies to medical technology startups trying to improve patient outcomes.

“I am extremely honored to be named a North Texas 25 Under 25,” shared Griffin. “It was honestly a complete surprise. I run a traditional services firm, not a technology startup, which usually goes unnoticed in lists like these.”

Griffin grew up in McKinney. At 16, he left high school early to attend the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS), an early-entrance college program for the top 200 high school students in Texas. Finishing TAMS with a perfect GPA, he then attended the University of Texas at Dallas on a full-ride merit scholarship studying computer science. During college, he founded a technology startup that eventually pivoted into Invene. He was a national OZY Genius Award winner in 2018 for his work in AI (artificial intelligence) applied software.

“I always knew I would be an entrepreneur,” said Griffin. “I created my own company as I wanted to provide awesome, well-paying jobs to my community. I could’ve gone to work at a big corporation, but there’s something rewarding about building a company that provides a livelihood to your employees. Sure, it’s scary at times, but it’s the thing that motivates me and pushes me forward even when I’m exhausted.”

Now Griffin spends his day leading his team, helping his healthcare clients, and grabbing coffee with industry leaders.