The DEC Partners With Dallas’ EO Accelerator For New Startup Speaker Series

The yearlong speaker series, to be held at various coworking spaces around Dallas, aims to build a deeply connected community of entrepreneurs committed to growing together.

The Dallas chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) has partnered with the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) Network for a year-long speaker series to be held at different coworking spaces around Dallas. The series will showcase the EO Accelerator, a program that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level.

Coworking spaces already slated for the series include Industrious, Serendipity Labs, WeWork, and Capital Factory + The DEC, and the first event is titled Raising Capital—How & Where to Get Money for Your Startup: Venture Backed Entrepreneurs Tell the Story of How to Raise Cash in Texas.

Other events scheduled this spring include 4 Ways to Build an Effective Marketing Plan on a Shoestring Budget and 5 Keys to Building a Sales Strategy That Will Win you Customers.

“Because of our focus on supporting entrepreneurs across DFW, we have the responsibility of reaching out across the ecosystem. This means hosting events/programs in different locations to reach more potential or aspiring entrepreneurs and reaching more people with the education, mentorship, and community driven approach, which has helped build this DFW entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Alyce Alston, CEO of The DEC Network, says.

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The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is committed to the growth and success of entrepreneurs. Wolf Hanschen, chair of Dallas’ EO Accelerator, told Dallas Innovates that with the new program, he wants to build a deeply connected community of entrepreneurs committed to growing together.

“The overall strategy behind that mission is to bring Dallas business owners from all sectors together to learn from one another and apply those best practices within their company,” he says.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global peer-to-peer network of more than 13,000 business owners founded in 1987. The group has 186 chapters in 58 countries and 138 members representing more than 4,900 local employees in its Dallas chapter, which was founded in 1993.

Founded in 2009, the EO Accelerator is targeted towards entrepreneurs still in the rapid-growth, semi-startup phase of building their business. It has a cap on the number participants in each of the over 50 cities globally where it’s offered, and requires a tuition fee from accepted participants.

To apply for the program, business owners must make a minimum of $250,000 in annual revenue. Once accepted, the Accelerator’s mission is to provide the tools needed to grow that number to over $1 million.

Members will have the opportunity to learn from more seasoned entrepreneurs, and be able to ask questions related to the most crucial pillars of growing any business.

“The Speaker Series will expose the early stage entrepreneur members of the EO Accelerator to business owners who have been faced with the same types of opportunities, challenges, growth cycles, etc. earlier in their careers,” Hanschen says.

The $1,750 tuition grants participants four quarterly learning events and networking opportunities. There are 23 members in the EO Dallas Accelerator program with membership capped at 35.

Of the partnership, Alston said it’s part of the DEC Network helping companies that already have a proven business model. Together, the two organizations will “help provide the necessary education, training, and mentorship to empower them to move from proof of concept into a scalable and long-term sustainable entity.”

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