Dallas Startup Week Calendar: Thursday, April 6

DSW 2017 runs through April 7.

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Dallas Startup Week 2017 runs through April 6, and we couldn’t be more excited! In fact, we’re so excited about all the events that we decided to put together our own calendar, which we thought you might like, too. And, we’ve added a registration link to all the events listed.

An interactive calendar can be viewed at Dallas Startup Week’s site and there’s an app you can download on your phone. Be sure to double check dates, times, and venues, in case there are changes.

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Here are the events planned for Thursday.  


8:30 – 10 a.m.  
Social Media Event Series: Visual Storytelling in Social Media  
Apple – Knox Street Boardroom, 3101 Knox St., in Dallas  

Apple’s Social Media Strategists Kathy Catoe and Ali Mirza will explore how powerful video, photography, and illustrations combined with the narrative text of your story, can grab people’s attention instantly. Join in this interactive session of demoing tools and sharing resources to help you become a better content marketer. 

9 – 10 a.m.  
#VGOCC: Video Game Open Coffee Club 
SPACES – McKinney Ave., 1919 McKinney Ave. Suite 100 & 200, in Dallas  

The VGOCC is gathering video game enthusiasts and developers interested in discussing the latest in game development. The club normally meets in Plano and Frisco, but they are coming to downtown this week. 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Free Coworking (for pre-registered attendees only)  
Location TBD  

All attendees who pre-register will receive information on the free coworking schedule for the week when they come to pick up their badges. Don’t forget to register early to have access to these perks.  

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Free Coworking @ Health Wildcatters  
1910 Pacific Ave. Suite 20000, in Dallas  

Health Wildcatters is offering a free week to find out what coworking is really like. 

10 – 11 a.m.  
Living The Future Now: What Being A “Smart City” Means For Dallas  
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center, 311 N. Market St. Suite 200, in Dallas 

Jennifer Sanders, executive director at Dallas Innovation Alliance, and Matt Foreman, director of business development, Internet of Things & Smart Cities at Ericsson share answers to your questions about the future of a “smart” and connected Dallas.  

10 a.m. – Noon 
Mentor Sessions  
750 N. St. Paul St. 2nd Floor, in Dallas  

Meet one on one with experts and members of the Dallas business community. Read the member bios below and follow the link to slotted to book your session. Each mentoring session is 25 minutes – arrive on time to check in. 

Sign up here: https://slotted.co/dsw17mentorsessions/ 

Lexie Okeke | Managing Coordinator | Serve West Dallas 
Lexie Okeke is the Managing Coordinator of Serve West Dallas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves the residents of West Dallas.  

Lexie’s extensive work with nonprofits spans more than 15 years of experience in donor development, event design, volunteer management, and strategic communications.  Her role at Serve West Dallas includes fundraising, communications, event design, volunteer recruitment, and community cheerleader. In 2013, Lexie started a nonprofit consulting agency, BE The Delta, to share her unique perspective on fundraising, event design, and civic/nonprofit partnerships.   

Dawson Barksdale | Founder, CEO | Cyphr 

Jessica Vittorio | Managing Attorney | The Law Office of Jessica Vittorio 

Darshan Gandhi | MD, MBA, Directory of Innovation | Methodist Health System 

Stephen Hays | Managing Partner | Deep Space Ventures 
Stephen Hays is the Managing Partner of Deep Space Ventures, a venture capital fund based in Dallas. Deep Space is a value-added VC fund investing in early stage startups with leaders that use innovative technology to bring creative solutions to market. Since inception in March, 2016, Deep Space VC has invested in 11 early stage companies, many of which are in Dallas and has co-invested alongside some of the top early stage VCs in the world. Prior to Deep Space Ventures, Hays spent six years as an investment banker, in both New York City and Dallas, covering multi-industrial and health-care companies with an emphasis on M&A and capital markets. Hays received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt. 

Jeevan Betigeri | President | Fathom Software 

Brett Kilptrick | Managing Partner | XXL Sales and Marketing 

11 a.m. – Noon  
Advocacy and Community Organizing: Evaluation and Capacity Building  
J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., in Dallas  

The most effective advocacy and community organizing work happens when groups and coalitions know where they stand and can leverage their organizational strengths to work for social change. 
This presentation will: 
Introduce participants to AFJ’s free, online tools, Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT) and Power Check for community organizing, 
Describe how they are being used 
Discussion of evaluation principles 
Using ACT, nonprofits and foundations can benchmark their advocacy skills, identify specific gaps and opportunities in their advocacy strategies, identify areas to build, efficiently focus resources for best results, and evaluate their capacity building progress. 
PowerCheck makes it easy for nonprofits, evaluators, and funders to assess their capacity for engaging in community organizing, planning successfully, and tracking capacity building progress over time. 

Noon – 2 p.m.  
Share Your Founder Story  
750 N. St. Paul St. 2nd Floor, in Dallas  

Chase for Business invites you to share your defining moments as an entrepreneur through “Founder Stories” —  a video series dedicated to shining a light on business owners in the startup community. Visit #ChaseBasecamp and be prepared to answer brief questions regarding your business journey. Your responses may be shared across Chase’s digital and social channels to help other business owners. 
Follow @chaseforbiz or visit www.chase.com/forbusiness for great Startup Week and other business content. 


  • Why did you start your business? 
  • What’s been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome? 
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring entrepreneur?  

Noon – 3 p.m.  
Game Developer Expo  
750 N. St. Paul St. 19th Floor, in Dallas  

The DFW area is a hotbed for Indie Game Development of both video games, and tabletop games. Come hangout and play locally developed games with their creators, and other gaming enthusiasts. 

1 – 2 p.m.  
Monetize Brand U  
J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., in Dallas  

Are you the CEO, COO and public relations manager of your brand? Let’s discuss how creatives can get it all done profitably. If you are overwhelmed with trying to create revenue with your brand, this is the place for you. Discover how to “Monetize Brand U” without burnout. 

1 – 2 p.m 
Breaking Up is Hard to Do  
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center, 311 N. Market St. Suite 200, in Dallas  

The first agreement for your startup frequently is among the co-founders. This agreement is the basis of the initial contributions, roles and responsibilities, and, unfortunately, what happens if the startup fails. This session will discuss common terms among co-founders, such as who makes or contributes what, roles and responsibilities, vesting schedules and slicing the pie, and events such as dissolution or acquisition. 

1:30 – 3 p.m.  
Production Film, Video, and Music: Top Producers in the Industry  
J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., in Dallas  

What does it take to make the best music or the best video? What is the difference for a beat maker and a producer? This event is an interactive experience to learn the ins and outs of renting a studio, how to get your music on TV, and how you can it make it on your own. 

1:30 – 3 p.m.  
Turning Tables: Conversations with Restauranteurs  
750 N. St. Paul St. 19th Floor, in Dallas 

Starting a restaurant is hard work. In this session, you will hear from a number of local restaurateurs about challenges, lessons learned, and inspirations along their journey from scratch to success.   

2 – 3:15 p.m.  
Common Intellectual Property Issues in a Startup  
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center, 311 N. Market St., Suite 200, in Dallas  

TechCo is a company that has created an IoT product with a data analytics process. They are in the process of creating, naming, and launching the product. 

2:30 – 5:30 p.m.  
REVTECH Presents: Tech Trends in Restaurant and Retail 2017  
Addison Conference and Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Rd., in Addison  

Experience an afternoon diving into retail innovation with REVTECH. You will hear a keynote from Jeff Donaldson, former GameStop CIO, and pitches from 10 outstanding retail technology innovators. There will be a networking reception following the event. 
Get tickets here.  

3 – 4 p.m.  
Is There Seed Capital for Healthcare Startups in Dallas?  
Health Wildcatters, 1910 Pacific Ave. Suite 20000, in Dallas  

Raising money for your startup is hard and some say it is even harder with a niche like health care. Local Dallas health care entrepreneurs share their experiences raising seed capital. 

3 – 5 p.m.  
Gaming Track Happy Hour  
Cidercade, 2777 Irving Blvd. Suite 200, in Dallas 

Join in a happy hour at a local Barcade to meet gamers and game developer’s while playing arcade games and discussing the game development scene in Dallas. 

4 – 5 p.m.  
Access to Flexible Capital  
750 N. St. Paul St. 19th Floor, in Dallas 

We know small business owners and entrepreneurs of color encounter barriers to entry into the startup world. This panel highlights the work local organizations are doing to help startups gain access to capital, shed light on some of the challenges startups face when seeking loans and capital, and provide recommendations on how to overcome these barriers. Fueling the discussion is a JPMorgan Chase Institute report, Cash is King: Flows, Balances and Buffer Days, that explores the financial lives of small business owners. 

4 – 7 p.m.  
Ethical Fashion On the Rise + Rachel Zoe Style Box Party  
750 N. St. Paul St. 2nd Floor, in Dallas  

Marissa Heyl of Symbology Clothing and Katie Sansom of Tribe Alive will discuss the rise of ethical fashion practices in the industry and how it is an attractive component to the consumer and for collaborative partnerships.  
The discussion will include video, a fashion presentation of the apparel, design, and more. Both Heyl and Sansom’s brands were featured in Rachel Zoe’s latest Style Box subscription service for the season — so an official Rachel Zoe Style Box party and interactive experience filled with shopping, music, cocktails, sweet treats, appetizers, giveaways, and more will take place immediately following the presentation. 

4:30 – 6:30  
Travel/Tourism Industry Happy Hour  
Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce St., in Dallas  

Please join Deep Vellum Books and Do214 as they host our Travel/Tourism Industry Startup Week Happy Hour!  Drinks provided by Austin East Ciders, Deep Eddy, and Ironroot Republic. 

5 – 6 p.m.  
Mighty Swell Happy Hour  
750 N. St. Paul St. 2nd Floor, in Dallas  

6 – 7 p.m. 
Our Role in Preparing the Next Generation to Lead, Launch & Succeed  
The Grove, Dallas Coworking, 501 Elm St. Suite 450, in Dallas  

We all agree that education is important and that there’s much work to be done. Come engage in a discussion led by a panel of education experts on what role you can play in ensuring that all students are equipped for college, meaningful careers, and to lead across sectors. 

6 – 8 p.m.  
Music Showcase  
Common Desk – Oak Cliff, 633 W. Davis St., in Dallas  

Come check out a music showcase with live music.  

6 – 9 p.m.  
United Way Presents: OneUp the Pitch  
The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., in Dallas  

Five entrepreneurs will battle for $100,000. OneUp the Pitch is a fast-paced evening of live pitches from some of our community’s best social entrepreneurs. Leading alumni of United Way’s GroundFloor Accelerator Program, coached by Young Presidents Organization experts, will share their vision for the future of Dallas and appeal to celebrity judges for additional capital to grow the impact of their work. 
This is a paid event. Get tickets here.


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