The Dallas Entrepreneur Center—also known as The DEC Network—will host 20 events at Common Desk locations over the next year and provide Common Desk with an enhanced presence at the upcoming Dallas Startup Week, which will be held April 26 through May 1. In return, The DEC Network will get around $30,000 in office and coworking space in Common Desk locations in downtown Dallas and Fort Worth.
It’s all through a new partnership, which fits into The DEC Network’s long-term strategy of expanding its outreach to entrepreneurs across the entire region. CEO Bill Chinn previously told Dallas Innovates that The DEC, as a nonprofit, had a role to work with everyone and boost the DFW startup community, so he and his team are planning multiple partnerships throughout 2020.
“Common Desk is an ideal partner for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center,” The DEC Network CEO Bill Chinn said in a statement. “This ensures The DEC Network can reach entrepreneurs across Dallas-Fort Worth and helps us serve entrepreneurs throughout North Texas.”
Trey Bowles, The DEC Network founder and chairman, described the partnership as a major increase in The DEC’s ability to reach entrepreneurs and help them build and grow their startups through programming, events, and mentorship. He called Common Desk a “leader in building coworking spaces and environments for entrepreneurship.”
Common Desk—widely known as “one of the earliest coworking brands to open in the state of Texas”—had a big year last year with its first expansion outside of the state. It also launched its own app, raised its first round of funding, built up its brick-and-mortar coffee outpost, and moved its headquarters from Deep Ellum to Granite Properties’ Factory Six03 in Dallas’ West End.
“We’ve always admired what The DEC Network offers to Dallas professionals, and we are excited to now share their resources and programming with our collaborative communities,” Common Desk Founder Nick Clark said in a statement. “Common Desk strives to create value for our members in every touchpoint of our coworking offerings. We believe the programming resources that The DEC Network provides will perfectly integrate with our mission to enhance the workdays of the professionals we serve.”
The new DEC offices at Common Desk locations join current outposts: Capital Factory, Paul Quinn College, UNT Dallas, and Addison Treehouse.
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