By: Tara Vornkahl, Coordinator-Innovation
As we roll into spring, the DEC has continued to see growth in the entrepreneurial scene and startup space here in North Texas. With the launch of the North Texas Startup Survey, announcement of the DEC Ambassadors, and the North Texas Women in Technology Awards nominations underway the month of April has been a busy one!
North Texas Startup Survey
The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas and the Kauffman Foundation have teamed up to launch the North Texas Startup Survey. The goal of the survey is to show off the business friendly region by gathering statistics and facts that highlight the rapid growth and successes in the community.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey!
Meet the DEC Ambassadors
The DEC is proud to announce their first inaugural class of DEC Ambassadors for 2014! There are 23 candidates that were chosen to help build on the vision for the startup community in Dallas and all across North Texas. The class was chosen based on their passion in lending a helping hand and desire to help grow the startup community both on a local and national level. The group has a great of mix of backgrounds from designers, developers, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, event coordinators, and corporate innovators. This will bring in unique experiences and perspectives in the efforts to lead the city of Dallas to be a top startup community. This program will give each ambassador the opportunity to be in various leadership and volunteer rolls throughout the startup community. The group, along with the DEC, shares the same value and mission in creating a collaborative ecosystem through supporting local talent, innovation and success.
North Texas Women in Technology Awards Nominations Open
Do you know a technology-focused woman (or women) actively driving innovation and contributing to the tech community here in North Texas? If so, be sure to nominate them for the inaugural North Texas Women in Technology Awards presented by The Dallas Business Journal and TeXchange!
Upcoming Events at the DEC:
Whiteboard Sessions at The DEC
During Whiteboard Sessions at The DEC, entrepreneurs have a chance to talk with some of Dallas’ finest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment groups that have experience working with new, growing companies. Register for upcoming sessions.
1 Million Cups Dallas
1MC is a Kauffman Foundation educational program put on every Wednesday from 9-10am in twenty-three different cities. Each week two startups present for 6 minutes and engage in 20 minutes of Q&A from the audience. Tell us you’re coming!
The DEC:EDU – The Truth About Work/Life Balance at a Startup
Wednesday, April 16th
Achieving a work/life balance is one of the most difficult practices for entrepreneurs and startups. Learn how to manage your time more effectively and focus on the things that really matter. Register for this free class.
The DEC:EDU – Understanding Financials
Wednesday, April 23rd
EY’s Debra von Storch will walk you through a series of financial constructs needed to run a successful business. Obtain a core understanding of those financial constructs to help you make projections in your startup. Register here.
Startup Weekend NEXT
Wednesday, April 23rd
The #1 pre-accelerator program kickoff date. Hands on mentorship will help committed teams find the path to achieve product market fit. Successfully finishing the program earns teams the chance to present their company at Global Showcase Event. Use promo code ‘DEC’ for a 30% discount.
DEC:EDU – Building a New Media Company
Tuesday, April 29th
Building a new media business is an integral aspect to growing any business. Learn the fundamentals of shaping your media focus, expanding core branding and messaging, and building relationships with sources of media. Register here.
VentureSpur Blackbox Breakfast Series
Wednesday, April 30th
Enjoy breakfast while listening to successful entrepreneurs tell their story in 10 photos in 10 minutes. It’s a fun, engaging, intimate way to understand the lives of successful entrepreneurs here in our community. Register here.