Applications for the DEC Ambassador Program are open!

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center was founded in 2013, and since then they’ve been creating opportunities for North Texas entrepreneurs to connect with their community and build their businesses.

The DEC’s Ambassador Program provides similar opportunities, along with the benefit of volunteering for an awesome organization. Applications for the program are currently open.

“We get asked all the time who should apply for the DEC Ambassador program. The answer is: anyone interested in the collaborative startup community in North Texas,” says Jennifer Conley, cofounder and Vice President of Programming at The DEC.

“Our alumni program is incredibly diverse, reaching from Allen to Denton to Dallas, to college students at SMU and faculty at Austin College, to intrapreneuers at and AT&T, to aspiring and serial entrepreneurs here locally,” Conley explains.

The program’s alumni have not only helped to enrich the connections in our community, but they’ve experienced personal growth, as well.

“By bringing together like-minded startup types, it accelerates the region but also creates personal accelerations for those who participate,” says Aassia Haq, CEO and founder of Guidrr, who participated in the program recently.

The program offers a variety of opportunities for participating, depending on which projects individuals might be interested in. These projects range from helping out with events to engaging with the community on social media, to providing photography/videography for the organization.

“I had a great experience with the DEC Ambassador program,” said Nicholas Vrana, Technical Project Manager at the Technology Spa. “It provided me with a number of options that I didn’t know existed to connect to the community and meet others with similar goals. I would recommend it to anyone who feels like they have something to provide the community but are not sure where to start or those who already have a community project in mind but need others to help them make it successful.”

Jennifer Conley points out that the Ambassador Program is an experience for all kinds of individuals. “You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to apply, but you DO have to have a ‘give before you take’ mentality and want to contribute in playing a role in building up the innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in our region. We’ll get you plugged in from there.”

Applications are open until February 15 — you can apply here to get involved! Ambassadors will be announced in March.

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.