Dallas Startup Week Calendar: Tuesday, April 4

DSW runs through April 7.

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 Tuesday.  


8 – 9 a.m.
#BigDOCC: Dallas Open Coffee Club
400 N. St. Paul St., in Dallas

An hour-long moderated chat with people who love talking tech. Muffins and coffee provided. Check out the topic here and RSVP here.

8 – 9 a.m.
#OCOCC: Oak Cliff Open Coffee Club
1878 Sylvan Ave., in Dallas

Moderated talk about tech, startups, and more at Tacodeli in Sylvan-Thirty.

8:30 – 10 a.m.
Closer to Zero: Innovating through the Art of Less
3101 Knox St., in Dallas

Apple’s first workshop in PRITCHETT’s Innovation Series, based on groundbreaking research with over 300 global CEOs.

• How your business compares to others on 10 deep strengths 
• “Minimum Effective Dose:” The surprising power of simplicity 
• A 5-step playbook for driving innovation and performance

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Coworking
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. 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Coworking @ Health Wildcatters
1910 Pacific Ave. Suite 20000, in Dallas

For a limited time, Health Wildcatters is offering a free week of coworking.

10 – 11 a.m.
IoT: State of the Business
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center, 311 N. Market St. Suite 200, in Dallas

What does IoT mean for me and how will it affect my future?

10 – 11 a.m.
Lobbying and Advocacy 101: Legal Tips for Nonprofit Advocates
Barista Ventures, 211 N. Ervay St. 11th Floor, in Dallas

Lobbying is not only legal –- it’s one of the most effective means for nonprofits to advance their missions. Whether influencing your state’s budget, protecting Medicaid, or passing marriage equality laws, there are many reasons that 501(c)(3) public charities choose to lobby to achieve their policy goals. This comprehensive workshop will help explain what lobbying is and why it is so important. Federal law allows 501(c)(3) public charities (including houses of worship and public foundations) to lobby within generous limits.
Training will address:

  • How the tax law permits lobbying for nonprofit
  • One easy step most charities can take to maximize the amount they’re allowed to spend on lobbying
  • Yearly lobbying limits for charities
  • Tips for taking advantage of the narrow definitions of lobbying –- which will help charities make the most of their lobbying limit
  • The application of these rules to ballot measure activities


10 – 11:30 a.m.
Not Your Momma’s Vacation: The Millennial Traveler
Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd E., in Dallas

Travel, a cornerstone of the modern millennial lifestyle, has never been more accessible or open-ended. Where are we going?  How are we getting there?  How does Dallas fit into the bigger picture?  Whether we are staying local for a weekend or flying to an exotic destination, how we choose to experience the world around us is changing.  Join our panel of experts from a variety of travel and tourism backgrounds as we explore the future of travel on both a local and a global scale.  Following the presentation, join Kwest founder Omeed Shams as he guides attendees through his app-driven, interactive Reunion Tower tour. 

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.

Todd McGee | CEO | CataBoom

Lexie Okeke | Managing Coordinator | Serve West Dallas
Lexie Okeke is the managing coordinator of Serve West Dallas, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves the residents of West Dallas. Okeke’s extensive work with non-profits 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, Okeke started a non-profit consulting agency, BE The Delta, to share her unique perspective on fundraising, event design, and civic/non-profit partnerships.  

Todd Sinelli | Founder | Awaken Astonishment

Lulu Amin | Owner | Amin & Co
Ladna “Lulu” Amin is an entrepreneur, marketing maven, and dynamic strategist based in Dallas, Texas. A marketer, with more than 10 years of extensive experience in global strategic marketing and brand development, Amin is passionate about helping innovative beauty, spa and wellness brands grow.  Over the years her expertise in digital marketing, event branding, and influencer strategy, have given her the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most respected luxury brands, such as: Gilt Groupe, LVMH, L’Occitane, Jo Malone, EarthWater, and more.  She is also the Founder and Publisher of DFW Beauty Guide, the premier guide to the best beauty, spa, and wellness brands in the DFW metroplex and beyond. As well as the Founder of DFW Influencers, the largest database of local Dallas-Ft.Worth bloggers and social media enthusiasts.

Jennifer H Gormer | CEO, Founder | Idea to Profit
Gormer is the CEO of Idea 2 Profit™, Inc., (I2P) a Learning Firm that trains entrepreneurs how to conceptualize their content to write and develop products for profit. I2P provides training, workshops and business solutions for start-up and seasoned. I2P develops training, coaching materials, eBooks, and Job Aids for businesses, while providing training in the areas of corporate sponsorship, content mistakes and content development.

Abu Sadeq | Founder, CEO | Zartech
Sadeq is the Founder and CEO of Zartech, a cyber security products and advisory services company based in Dallas. Zartech empowers businesses to gain greater cyber security maturity by using data-driven analysis and industry best practices to transform and make insightful business decisions.

Zach Weismann | Director of Business Development | Human Design
Weismann is extremely passionate about the intersection of technology and social good, recognizing the power technology, economics, and business have to be forces for good.  He currently serves as director of business development at Human Design, a creative agency whose mission is to help move the human race forward. For more than eight years, Weismann has worked with large brands, NGOs, Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, healthcare organizations, and startups on key issues such as sustainability, conservation, corporate social responsibility, technology adoption, and innovation. 

Ricky Tejapaibul | Investor, Mentor
Ricky Tejapaibul is an investor in early stage companies and adviser in business and finance strategy. Tejapaibul has invested in and actively mentors many startups ranging from hardware, software, internet of things, media, fin tech, energy, travel, sharing economy, education, and real estate.

Prior to focusing most of his time on startups, Tejapaibul worked in many capacities in the finance world including capital markets, corporate treasury, and pensions at Motorola Solutions, structured finance and restructuring at General Motors New York Treasurer’s Office, investment banking at Citigroup, and management consulting using the Economic Value Added framework at Stern Stewart.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
QA in Residence
GeniusDen, 3106 Commerce St., in Dallas

QA Consultants, an award-winning provider of software testing and quality assurance solutions, recently launched its U.S. headquarters in Dallas.  Please join during Dallas Startup Week to showcase the value of independent QA and capabilities of professional software testers and be provided with free QA for your products. QA Consultants is an independent QA services firm dedicated to 100 percent onshore QA services.  QA Consultants’ practitioners live for tough QA challenges and are eager to support all types of products and applications.  Engagements include large managed services for enterprises as well as “On Demand” services for Startups where you only pay for the testing consumed.   

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
The Rise of Influencer Marketing: How Influencers Can Leverage Your Brand
750 N. St. Paul St. 19th Floor, in Dallas

The rise of influencer marketing has been the hot topic for brands, marketing agencies, and advertisers for years. Recent data has proven that the use of influencers for advertisements and marketing can average 11 times the return on investment than through traditional advertising.  Kristina Libby, Professor for The University of Florida, will discuss and reveal her recent research discoveries regarding Dallas influencers and brands. Following her short presentation, a panel full of Dallas’ top influencers, and brands who use influencers for marketing will discuss the pros and cons for the concept and why it’s overall the best value for a business’s marketing budget.

Noon – 1 p.m.
SPOTLIGHT: Fireside Chat with Patrick Lee, Founder of Rotten Tomatoes
750 N. St. Paul St. 19th Floor, in Dallas

Join an exciting fireside chat with special guest Patrick Lee! Patrick is the founder and former CEO of Rotten Tomatoes, a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news and one of the top 600 most trafficked sites in the world! 

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.

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

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Cheat Codes for Game Development
The Iron Yard, 2030 Main St. Suite 420, in Dallas

Join us as we discuss tips and tricks for game development, from how to get started on your first game, to promoting your game once it’s finished, and even tips for growing your team and finding a publisher.

2 – 5 p.m.
Samsung Gear VR-powered by Oculus Virtual Reality Film & Game Festival
750 N. St. Paul St. 19th Floor, in Dallas

Play the latest games for Gear VR, using the newest hand controller. Also, experience a 360-degree short film festival, all using the Samsung Gear VR-powered by Oculus. Samsung’s Richardson office and Oculus’s Dallas office are providing this pre-release experience.

2:20 – 3:45 p.m.
Fight Club: Founders v. Investors
J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., in Dallas 

Raising money can be the lifeblood of growth for a business. However, the terms of the deal can also strangle a business. Watch as seasoned investors and experienced founders go head-to-head as they discuss the most hotly negotiated deal points of early stage venture deals.

3 – 4 p.m.
Five Steps to Use Diversity & Inclusion to Improve Your Bottom Line
750 N. St. Paul St. 19th Floor, in Dallas

In 2016 Techstars partnered with Chase for Business to survey more than 700 founders of tech startups from around the world to gain insight into the challenges they face when working to build a diverse and inclusive company.

The report concluded that while diversity is important to 72 percent of founders, only 10 percent are taking action, and only 23 percent of founders say that a diverse workforce improves financial performance. Check out techstars.com/bealeader for all of the findings.

Walk away from this session with five ways to be a diversity leader in your startup and examples of how it’s impacted the bottom line of the businesses of the panelists.
1. How to hire
2. How to retain
3. How to evaluate pay
4. How to offer flexible benefits
5. How to build a diverse board and/or create a diverse mentoring program

3 – 4 p.m.
Health Insurance Transformation
Health Wildcatters, 1910 Pacific Ave. Suite 20000, in Dallas

The transformation of health insurance is in the headlines and BCBS Texas, Cigna, and the Methodist ACO will discuss their approaches in this panel session.

3 – 5 p.m.
For Veterans, By Veterans: Business Development Resource Panel & Expo
J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., in Dallas

The Business Development Resource Panel will feature programs for veterans led by veterans. Each of the panelists will have 10 minutes to discuss their program offerings and feature a veteran business owner as a success story. 

Attendees will learn about local veteran specific programs and can meet veteran business owners who have successfully utilized these resources to start and grow their business. 

4 – 4:45 p.m.
Discover the Latest in Beauty Technology for 2017 + Tour the new Factory Glam Showroom

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center, 311 N. Market St. Suite 200, in Dallas

Join Factory Glam CEO Tyzza Macias as she reveals the latest in technology for the beauty industry. As the leading beauty entrepreneur for Dallas, Tyzza will reveal cutting edge concepts changing the face of the cosmetics industry, and also discuss what she predicts will come in the future. 

Following the info session, be the first to tour the all-new Factory Glam space housing some of the latest products in the beauty tech industry.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Brain Health Challenge Happy Hour
Center for BrainHealth, 2200 W. Mockingbird Ln., in Dallas

The Brain Performance Institute’s program manager for corporate SMART, Dee O’Neill, MS, LPC, will provide an interactive presentation that will include a preview of the center’s science-based, high-performance brain training program that has been shown to support cognitive enhancement and real-life improvement.

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

5 – 7 p.m.
Lab Demo & Networking Happy Hour
HIDE Bar, 2816 Elm St., in Dallas

Combining the art of mixology with science, Hide uses science equipment to make any libation imaginable. Come network with others in the building products of the restaurant industry and grab a behind the scenes look at the making of Hide’s wild creations!

5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
SPOTLIGHT: Fireside Chat with Kevin Chou, Founder/CEO of Kabam
750 N. St. Paul St. 19th Floor, in Dallas

Join in on this fireside chat with special guest Kevin Chou, Founder/CEO of Kabam. Moderated by Andrea Huspeni, Special Projects Director at Entrepreneur Magazine. 

6 – 7 p.m.
What is an Education Entrepreneur?
Fort Work, 211 N. Ervay St. Suite 900, in Dallas

Learn about the niche field of Education Entrepreneurship and how you can leverage your expertise to impact lives. Hear from seven of the city’s leading education entrepreneurs on their journeys. Q & A will follow the panel, moderated by April Bowman. 

6 – 8 p.m.
Google Apps and Google CSFirst: Taking Google Applications to a New Level for You and Your Students
Fort Work, 211 N. Ervay St. Suite 900, in Dallas

This event will explore how to use Google for collaboration, communication, and instruction, as well as tips and tricks to help you get the most out of this set of tools. 

This hands on exercise will explore the Google CSFirst platform, a visual tool for building computer coding clubs to introduce students to computer programming fundamentals.

6 – 8 p.m.
The Cyber Crisis in Schools: Challenges, Threats and Opportunities
The Iron Yard, 2030 Main St. Suite 420, in Dallas

To be prepared for success in a digital world, learners must have a full complement of skills that present day schools are almost wholly unprepared to deliver. One of them is learning how to code from an early age. The second is learning how to negotiate a world where cyber threats are real, ubiquitous and pose a high stakes challenge. Panelists Kyle Morton and Dr. Allen Selis approach these two problem areas with practical solutions that hold enormous opportunity for students. Come with a laptop and jump into the fray with hands-on exercises for young learners offered by two experts in their respective fields.

6 – 8 p.m.
Producer Studio Tour
Legacy Music Group, 2815 Main St. Suite A, in Dallas

The producer studio tour will be a walk through of an on-going recording studio that works with hundreds of bands and artists. Learn best practices and how to record in a professional studio.

7 – 8:30 p.m.
Dallas New Tech
J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., in Dallas

Dallas New Tech is four companies, and a lucky company from the crowd, presenting for five minutes along with five minutes of Q&A. 

Dallas New Tech is one of Dallas – Fort Worth’s longest running monthly showcase events for new and exciting companies and technologies.


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