Countdown to Global Entrepreneurship Week Fort Worth, and 4 More Can’t Miss Virtual Events for Dallas Innovators

With the kickoff of Global Entrepreneurship Fort Worth, Capital Factory Texas Startups Roadshow, and more, you'll find (literally) dozens of inspiring speakers and virtual networking opportunities in the week ahead.

Check your calendars, innovators. Next week is loaded with events for entrepreneurs and business leaders.

You’ll find plenty of options to tailor to your needs. Global Entrepreneurship Week Fort Worth (GEW FW), Capital Factory’s Texas Road Show, and Kendra’s Scott’s virtual women’s summit, in particular, are each a virtual cornucopia of events and speakers. GEW FW alone has more than 70 sessions.

GEW FW is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, held worldwide one week each November. The movement aims to rally every nation to encourage citizens to become “starters.” Open to all, GEW wants to inspire entrepreneurs around the globe while fostering connections and increasing collaboration within their ecosystems.

Here’s a collection of events to explore:

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK FORT WORTH: The virtual and free GEW Fort Worth 2020 features more than 70 sessions with speakers that include Mark Cuban, Gore Range Capital’s Humberto Antunes (formerly CEO of Galderma), and many others. The week-long celebration of entrepreneurship is designed for folks to pop in and out using the Hop In platform. A few sessions on our radar include the GEW FW Kickoff Celebration, Change Maker, Change Manager, GEW Town Hall with Mayor Betsy Price, Impact Fort Worth, The Convergence of Health, Behavior and Technology, Accelerate DFW Pitch Battle 2020, and a virtual Startup Crawl. The City of Fort Worth also highlights a number of standout sessions. (Nov. 16-20)

TEXAS STARTUPS ROADSHOW: Capital Factory will take local entrepreneurs and out-of-state investors on a virtual ride that spotlights the startup community in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio starting on Nov. 17 during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Anchoring the Dallas leg of the trip on Nov. 19 is a day of sports tech, financial tech, real estate, prop tech, and enterprise architecture, as well as UT Dallas’ Big Idea Competition—the marquee event of the roadshow—and a keynote from Mark Cuban. While this year’s roadshow is the first virtual edition, check out the video from last year’s event to see how Capital Factory highlighted the Texas scene for investors and innovators. Dallas is highlighted from 1:45 to 14:35 in the video, and you’ll likely see some familiar faces. (Nov. 17-19)

KENDRA SCOTT WEL INSTITUTE: Designed to empower female entrepreneurs and leaders, the virtual women’s summit on Nov. 17 boasts a stacked line-up of powerful speakers, including the founder of Dallas-based Enseo, Vanessa Ogle, who was recently featured in Inc. magazine’s Female Founders 100. (Nov. 17)

SKU DFW: Six area CPG startups will pitch a national audience of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders on Nov. 17. Networking will follow. SKU, the nation’s first consumer product goods accelerator, teamed up with DFW CPG earlier this year on what is the premiere SKU DFW Virtual Showcase.  (Nov. 17)

2020 WOMEN ON BOARDS: “Women Directors During Times of Crisis” will feature Jacobs’ Steve Demetriou, Toyota’s Sandra Phillips Rogers, AMN Healthcare’s Susan Salka, and others on Nov. 18. Formed 10 years ago to help improve gender parity in boardrooms, the national organization’s regional event follows a global discussion held today. CARCON’s Arcilia Acosta, one of the local leaders of WOB, is proud to say “the Dallas event is leading all other cities, with more than 650 registrants and 40 corporate board members (both women and men) serving as coaches.” (Nov. 18)

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