REVTECH Announces First ‘Entrepreneur of the Year Award’

Co-founders of The Citizenry, a Dallas ethical home decor startup, took home the inaugural award.

Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley

REVTECH named Dallas ethical home decor startup founders as the first recipient of its REVTECH Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The Dallas retail accelerator honored the women during an event Thursday, which celebrated North Texas entrepreneurs disrupting the retail industry. 

Rachel Bentley started The Citizenry with college friend Carly Nance as a way to make hand-made home goods from artisans around the world accessible to more consumers. Ten percent of the company’s profits are invested back into the artisans’ communities in the form of Entrepreneur Development Grants.

“The journey of entrepreneurship is very hard.”

Rachel Bentley

“The journey of entrepreneurship is very hard,” Bentley during the REVTECH event Thursday. “Every day feels like a challenge that you can’t get over or there’s going to be more problems than you can possibly solve in a day, but [REVTECH mentor] Gary [Turner] has taught me to celebrate all the wins. He always asked me what did you celebrate with your team this week? I am very thankful for that.”

Other nominees for the Dallas retail accelerator’s inaugural award included Chris Todd the CEO and founder of Theatro. Todd developed an artificially intelligent personal assistant and voice-controlled mobile app platform for brick-and-mortar retail, hospitality, and manufacturing. The “heads up, hands free” solution connects employees to one another, to headquarters, and to enterprise information systems.

OrderMyGear CEO and founder Kent McKeaigg was the other finalist for the award. McKeaigg built an online e-commerce platform for selling sports gear.

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