Investors and Startup Enthusiasts Celebrate the Dallas Startup Community at Collide Village Pitch Day

Despite the less-than-enjoyable weather this week, dozens of investors, entrepreneurs, and startup enthusiasts met in Addison for the Collide Village Accelerator Program’s (CVAP) Pitch Day on Tuesday, February 24.

The four month accelerator consisted of six teams, all from the DFW area, and was an intense program built around customer validation, data-gathering, and lots of homework. All of this culminated in the Pitch Day event, where the teams had an opportunity to present in front of local (and some out-of-town) investors.

The teams selected for the program were all locally-based, and will benefit from the burgeoning Dallas startup ecosystem, known for its support and energy.

“Let’s continue to support this startup ecosystem,” said Tahir Hussain, founder of Collide Village, and emcee for the event.

The teams did a superb job on presenting their technology — but the focus was on the data and the customer feedback that they’d gotten through their research and interviews. Through that process, the teams were able to build a foundation for their go-to-market strategy.

Each team presented on their findings, and the audience was invited to ask any questions on their research and presentations.

If you’ll forgive my own personal reflection on the event (I guess crappy weather does that to me) — it was truly invigorating to be there for the experience. The teams and the energy on that stage (even after weeks and weeks of discussion and presentations and interviews) were uplifting, and indicative of the resources and support that we have going on here in the Dallas community.

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.