One Door Closes to Open Another in the Dallas Entrepreneurial Scene

Launching this week, a new incubation center will open its doors at the SoftLayer building.

For two years, Alcatel-Lucent and the AT&T Foundry housed start ups of the Dallas area in 10,000 square feet of office space above the AT&T Foundry under the name “Gravity Center.”

Here, selected early stage technology companies had access to collaborating with likeminded entrepreneurs and received mentorship along with free office space to work. What started as a three month trial, ended up producing over 75 events, accelerating 30 different start ups, and lasting 2 years due mostly in part to the help of Jennifer Conley, Director of Operations.

“The Gravity Center became a new medium for funneling innovative technologies and companies to Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T innovation programs,” explains Conley. “Through the Gravity Center, these programs significantly increased the number of local startup engagements.”

As the Gravity Center closes its doors this June, a new hub for entrepreneurial activity will open.

Introducing the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, an incubator program designed to help early stage start ups transcend into a profitable state faster. Led by founders Jeremy Vickers, Trey Bowles, and Jennifer Conley, the DEC will launch this week.

Implementing additional features to facilitate more growth, the DEC offers a start up assessment identifying areas for improvement within a company, and a refined mentor program. DEC will also broaden its focus to all industries and entrepreneurs, promoting more variety within its collaborative space.

“The DEC is just one piece of a larger vision in North Texas,” said Conley, “and we will be advocates for all entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activity.”

Conley is now the Vice President of Programming for DEC and was also recently added as an official member to the founding team.

As a not-for-profit organization, DEC selectively chooses companies through an application process to use their facilitated amenities. Applications for residences are now available and demand is growing fast with several companies already working under DEC.

“The DEC addresses a couple of opportunities in Dallas,” said Conley, “To provide a location for entrepreneurs in the region to be better equipped for success, and to provide a symbol for entrepreneurship that will help people recognize the historical and growing entrepreneurial scene that exists in this city.”

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Jenna Clark

Jenna is an avid explorer and supporter of the DFW startup community. In addition to LAUNCH DFW, she works and volunteers for startup events around the city.