Dallas Startup Week

Dallas’ Nonprofit Impact Ventures Announces New Dates for Inclusive Capital Summit, Celebrates Cohort 8 Graduates, Adds Board Members

by | Jul 19, 2024
Amid planning disruptions and system outages, Impact Ventures also got a fresh look for its HQ and a "generous grant" from the Meadows Foundation. The nonprofit unveiled initiatives to expand its support for "underestimated" entrepreneurs.
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AMPLIFY: The DEC Network Celebrates BIPOC Entrepreneurs, Previews Disrupt Dallas Summit Ahead of DSW24
by | Jun 19, 2024
Community members are encouraged to vote for their favorite nominees before June 21.
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Competitive Edge: 4 Former Athletes Bringing Their A-Games to Startups
by | Sep 28, 2023
A former Yale track captain and three NFL vets—including two Dallas Cowboys—talk frankly about their entrepreneurial journeys from playing field to founder.
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Nextdoor Co‑Founder Nirav Tolia on Creating Community, Building Teams, and Learning From Failure
by | Sep 21, 2023
During Dallas Startup Week, the entrepreneur and executive—a Highland Park resident who Yahoo employee No. 84 before founding multiple tech companies—said "successes will spawn more successes" in the North Texas startup ecosystem.
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The Last Word: Siddarth Nandyala, the 12-Year-Old Frisco CEO Championing STEM

by | Sep 11, 2023
In just five short months, the young CEO's company has sold over 177 STEM IT kits, designed to help kids code robotic projects and dive deeper into the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
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Dallas Startup Week 2023: Where Big Names and Big Ideas Power North Texas Entrepreneurs
by | Sep 6, 2023
The DEC Networks' eighth Dallas Startup Week, hosted at UNT Frisco from September 10-14, features entrepreneur and Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, AOL's Steve Case, Nextdoor Co-founder Nirav Tolia, rapper-turned-investor Chamillionaire, and BuzzBallz CEO Merrilee Kick among its 200 speakers and 100 events.
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Gamestop Co-Founder Gary Kusin to Headline DEC Network Mentorship Awards at Dallas Startup Week
by | Aug 27, 2023
The Dallas-based serial entrepreneur and business exec will share his take on the impact of mentorship at the awards event in September. His storied career, which includes a successful turnaround of Kinkos and its sale to FedEx, spans retail and gaming to cosmetics and private equity.

Nominations for mentors opened on August 20.
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McKinney Auto Enthusiast App Autix Wins Capital One Pitch Competition at Dallas Startup Week
by | Aug 15, 2022
The last day of Dallas Startup Week offered a competitive edge—the Capital One Accelerator Pitch Competition. Eight startups from across the U.S. who'd completed the accelerator program took part. The big winner: Autix, which won the CodeLaunch DFW pitch competition just last November. Taking second place was California-based nonprofit-branded credit card startup Higher Rewards, while the Crowd Favorite prize went to Atlanta's Simple Money Academy.
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Local Tech Founders Duke it Out at Digital Fight Club, Capping Off Dallas Startup Week

by | Aug 12, 2022
Ten local founders and innovators sparred in gloves-off debates, "fighting" to win each round.

The fight card included challenges like: Should brands be transparent? Should the government be involved in building the metaverse? And is ESG important? Here are the knockout rounds.
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Follow the Money: Fort Worth Automation Products Company Expands Mexico Footprint with $275M Acquisition and More North Texas Deal News
by | Aug 12, 2022
Plus: Dallas Startup Lands Top Prize at Pitch Competition, EV Charger Maker Acquires Charging Installation Company, Business Management Solutions Scoops Up Two Companies, Ingredient Manufacturer Acquired by European Investment Firm, BenefitMall Acquired by Truist Financial Corporation Subsidiary
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DSW Dispatches: Investors Offer Tips on Navigating the Changing Startup Economy
by | Aug 11, 2022
At Dallas Startup Week today, three leading early-stage investors offered tips on how founders should pivot in today's shifting economy. Perkins Coie's Valeska Pederson Hintz, LiveOak Venture Partners’ Mike Marcantonio, and S3 Ventures' Eric Engineer shared insights and advice. Despite the downturn, "If you've got a capital-efficient, growing business that has strong unit economics, at the end of the day that business is fundable, and that's what we're looking for," Marcantonio said.
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Check Out the Emerging Tech Trends This Dell Technologies Leader Is Tracking
by | Aug 10, 2022
Rakesh Apte, Dell's director of product management and innovation strategy, lays out the emerging trends driving the future of innovation in the technology space that companies big and small should have their eyes on.
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Dallas Medical Device Company Wins Top Prize at Dell for Startups Pitch Competition

by | Aug 9, 2022
“Opioids are diabolical, because they actually change the structure and function of your brain; they change the way your reward system works,” said Daniel Powell, CEO at Spark Biomedical.

Meet Powell and six other startup leaders.
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#DSW22 Schedule: Your Definitive Guide to Dallas Startup Week’s 100+ Events
by | Aug 8, 2022
Dallas Startup Week—The DEC Network’s annual flagship event, sponsored by Capital One—had its kickoff party Sunday at The Star in Frisco. You'll find 100+ events and sessions running Monday through Thursday, August 8-11, both online and in person at SMU’s Cox School of Business. Here you'll find Dallas Innovates' handy, one-sheet guide to each day of DSW.
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From SaaS to Coding to Social Impact, See What Awaits You at Dallas Startup Week
by | Aug 2, 2022
Dallas Startup Week is only days away. In addition to three big summits, the DEC Network's flagship week-long event will offer sessions on 21 different "tracks." From social impact to startup funding to esports and emerging tech, here's a look at what the week holds in store.
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See What’s in Store at Dallas Startup Week’s Corporate Startup Innovation Summit
by | Jul 27, 2022
The DEC Network’s flagship event—Dallas Startup Week—will be held August 7 through August 11 both virtually and in person at SMU's Cox School of Business.

Bringing together the local ecosystem’s “breadth and diversity” of corporations and startups, the Corporate Startup Innovation summit will feature Jim Adler, founding managing director of Toyota Ventures, and Steven Levy, editor at large at Wired—plus a deep dive in the funding landscape, an accelerator pitch competition, and more.
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