Entrepreneurs in North Texas are coming together the next five days, and they’re hoping to bring 10,000 people with them for the inaugural Dallas Startup Week.
Big D joins 25 cities across the world from Albuquerque to Manila as it launches its own Startup Week from March 2-6, in a variety of hot spots around the city. The free event comprises sessions and events covering myriad tracks — business, fashion, funding, health, travel, food, social entrepreneurship, education, commercial real estate — ensuring would-be entrepreneurs can pick up tips from a wide variety of experts.
The goal is “to connect our expanding community of entrepreneurs and investors to opportunities for mentoring, partnership and friendship over common goals, struggles and achievements.” Dallas Startup Week welcomes those who are still mulling the idea of pursuing their own business as well as those who have already secured funding.
Featured speakers include Rise founder and CEO Nick Kennedy; Chad Houser, executive director at Cafe Momentum; Baxter Box, co-founder and CEO of rewardStyle; Brittany Merrill Underwood, founder of the Akola Project; RSC Productions founder Rhonda Sargent-Chambers; Womanars founder Tilde Guajardo; and Michael Peticolas of Peticolas Brewing Company. These and other industry leaders discuss how startups get off the ground and thrive, from funding to proper design.
Outside of the industry tracks, Dallas Startup Week is hosting community events like BigDOCC on March 3 at 8 am. Startup guru Michael Sitarzewski leads a moderated chat about “the latest in technology, startups, digital lifestyle and business.” Even if you can’t imagine yourself as an entrepreneur, it’s hard to resist the daily pop-up shops showcasing Dallas startups such as Mad Leaf eco-friendly apparel or Blaine Bowen Jewelry.
Registration is easy, and a full schedule of events is available on the Dallas Startup Week website. Although some sessions are full, there are still plenty to attend.