‘Why Dallas, Now’: State of Entrepreneurship 2019 Announces Powerhouse Speaker Lineup, Agenda

The event, now in its sixth year, celebrates “the people, places, and passions that keep the DFW startup ecosystem thriving."

Keeping with tradition, Dallas Startup Week will once again host the State of Entrepreneurship event at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. Now in its sixth year, the event is themed “Why Dallas, now.”

The event will feature Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, along with a lineup of other entrepreneurs who will discuss “why and how the state of entrepreneurship in Dallas has arrived,” Alyce Alston, CEO of The DEC Network, tells Dallas Innovates.

The State of Entrepreneurship celebrates “the people, places, and passions that keep the DFW startup ecosystem thriving,” Alston says.

The evening is an opportunity “to cheer on the launches, fundings, exits, and overall wins in the entrepreneurial community from the past year,” Alyce says.

The evening will feature a tribute to the late Herb Kelleher, the founder of Southwest Airlines who died earlier this year. Alston says guest speaker Craig Hall, chairman and founder of the HALL Group, will share his memories of Kelleher, an innovator who helped reshape the airline industry.

Also, the State of Entrepreneurship will take an inside look at the YouTube sensation DumbMoney.tv, which is based in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Powerhouse lineup

In addition to Alston, speakers at the event include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings; Craig Hall, chairman and founder, HALL Group; Joe Beard, partner at Perot Jain; Josh Baer, founder and CEO of  Capital Factory; Chris Camillo, YouTuber and Investor, DumbMoney.tv; Leah Frazier, founder of Think Three Media; Mandy Price, CEO at Kanarys; Sanjiv Yajnik, president of Capital One Financial Services, Capital One; Shelly Slater, co-founder of The Slate; and Trey Bowles, co-founder and executive chairman of The DEC Network.

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