The Last Word: Plug and Play’s Sherif Saadawi on Opening Two North Texas Offices

“In almost every metric that we look for that makes a good ecosystem, DFW really ticks all the boxes.”

Sherif Saadawi
VP of Partnerships
Plug and Play
.…on opening new offices in Frisco and McKinney with
sector-focused accelerators and “corporate-startup matchmaking.”

Plug and Play—a Silicon Valley VC firm and innovation platform that connects startups, corporations, VC firms, universities, and government agencies—recently announced its first two offices in North Texas, in Frisco and McKinney. We spoke with Saadawi for a look at how the platform works and what it aims to accelerate here.

“I think DFW represents such a strong market for Plug and Play,” Saadawi told us. “it’s kind of remarkable that we haven’t been there this whole time.”

The VP noted that Dallas-Fort Worth is “a big metro area just in terms of population. There’s a great startup ecosystem. There are 49 Fortune 1000 companies, I think 24 Fortune 500 companies in DFW.”

See more of why Plug and Play landed in the region—and how it’s launching locally with sportstech, enterprise, and AI accelerators—in our story here.

For more of who said what about all things North Texas, check out Every Last Word.

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