What you need to know about Global Entrepreneurship Week in DFW

If you haven’t heard yet, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is coming up. It’s the week of November 17-23, and DFW is definitely celebrating.

During one week each November, GEW “inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators,” reports the website.

Activities range from competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, in an effort to connect communities, and introduce them to potential collaborators, mentors and investors.

We’ll keep everyone posted on the activities going on in our community, but The DEC put together an overview to give us an idea of what events are available. Check out their blog post here.

And here’s the list of events, so that you can mark your calendars! Be sure to stop by the LAUNCH DFW Happy Hour on November 20 at the DEC that week. 🙂 



8am – Open House & Global Entrepreneurship Week at The Grove – The Grove celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week by opening their doors to the Dallas, Ft. Worth community.

12pm – Personal Branding Brown Bag Lunch, hosted by Nested Strategies at The Grove – How you can develop or refocus your personal brand and why it matters.

4pm – Non-Toxic Charity at The Grove – discuss ideas from the book Toxic Charity.

6:30pm – CoFoundersLab Matchup Addison at the Addison TreeHouse – Discover the perfect co-founder to round out your team.


8am – Little D Open Coffee Club at Banter Coffee House in Denton – One hour of tech chat over coffee with the Denton startup community.

8am – Big D Open Coffee Club at Coffee House Café – One hour of tech chat over coffee with the Dallas startup community.

9am – Geek for Good! at The Grove – coding community connecting with larger ideas and projects to use coding to transform society for the better.

11:30am – TECH Nest Luncheon at TechFort Worth – Visit with George Fassett with THUMBTECHS about “Cloud Solutions: Productivity and Security”

1pm – Health Wildcatters Pitch Day at the Majestic Theatre – Opportunity for startups to showcase the hard work that has been put in to growing their business over the course of the 12-week accelerator program.

4pm – The Crowdfunding Economy is About to Pop: Investment Crowdfunding Info Session at The Grove – explore the advantages, pitfalls, and opportunities in crowdfunding and how small businesses can participate.

5:30pm – Collide Village Speaker Series Lecture #2: Jason Illian Founder/CEO of BookShout at the Addison TreeHouse – identify and understand what should rising startups focus on first, value or growth.


7:45am – VentureSpur Black Box Breakfast Series at The DEC – Hear the stories of successful entrepreneurs and how they built a business from the ground up.

9am – One Million Cups Dallas at the DEC – Get to know two Dallas-based startups at this weekly educational pitch program.

9am – One Million Cups Fort Worth at Idea Works – Get to know two Fort Worth-based startups at this weekly educational pitch program.

11am – Not Balance, But Wholeness at The Grove – Map the terrain, get some tools, and crowdsource their own life hacks that help make it work.

11am – Personal Finance for Startups at The Grove – Protecting your personal assets by setting up an entity, taxation of that entity, self-employment taxes, risk management, and personal savings.

4pm – UNT Students Research Showcase at Innovation Greenhouse – Students at UNT showcasing their work at the Innovation Greenhouse.

4pm – Wine’down Wednesday at The Grove – Too often, business is just about the transactions. Wine’down is where you connect to remember that business is connected to relationships.

5pm – Women in Startups at Tech Wildcatters – Meet and greet with the females behind some of the hottest startups, initiatives and co-working spaces here in Dallas.

6pm – Open Hack Denton at Banter Coffee House – It’s a meetup with a simple purpose: Code together, on anything.

6:30pm – Fail. Learn. Grow. at The DEC – A moderated panel of entrepreneurs whose startups have failed and why.

6:30pm – Startup Weekend Pitch Bootcamp at Mojo Media Labs – 2.5 hour workshop designed to help prepare you for the world’s biggest startup competition, Global Startup Battle.


8am – Video Game Open Coffee Club at Angela’s at the Crosswalk – talk Video Game news and discuss current trends and issues facing the industry.

9am – Social Media Sync at The Grove – Discuss innovative ways social media is being used to grow businesses, develop communities, and create social change.

5pm – TechMill and Square 205 Open House at Denton TechMill – Chat and celebrate at TechMill’s newest location.

5:30pm – Launch DFW Startup Happy Hour at The DEC – Informal hour full of cocktails and opportunities to meet others in the tech/startup community.

6:30pm – DEC North Texas Business Pitch Contest Sponsored by Comerica Bank at the DEC – One lucky and deserving startup/small business will win a $50,000 check after proving itself worthy of investing in.

6:30pm – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is at The Grove – Learn how to map your business processes to your company’s mission statement.

7pm – Dallas Makerspace Open House – Meet other Makers and get a tour of the Makerspace.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST (through Sunday, November 23rd)

8am – Big Data Bootcamp Dallas at Irving Convention Center – Understand the emerging world of Big Data.

4pm – The Grove’s Open House Happy Hour at The Grove – Close out Global Entrepreneurship Week and Open House Week at The Grove with some community time together.

6pm – Dallas Startup Weekend EDU at The DEC – Help tackle education while meeting cool people and winning prizes at the 54-hour Startup Weekend EDU edition.

6pm – Fort Worth Startup Weekend at TCU – Get a hands-on experience in entrepreneurship at Fort Worth’s first ever 54-hour Startup Weekend.


9am – Microenterprise Conference: The Nuts & Bolts of Business Success at El Centro College – Growth opportunities for microentrepreneurs in the idea, startup, and growth phases.


Rachel Winstead

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.