Dallas Startup Week: Record Attendance, Winter Weather, and a Stronger Community in 2015

Dallas Startup Week has been the first ever five day celebration dedicated to our startup community.

Tech companies, corporations, hackers, marketers, and entrepreneurs have been downtown these past few days, learning about and connecting over the can-do spirit that makes Dallas the best place to start a business.

Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke to the startup community on Tuesday this week, and told GeekWire that he’s focused on how to help Dallas become a hub for startups.

“As we started to think about what Dallas needed to be in the 21st century, we felt that making sure we are a place for entrepreneurs was extremely important,” he said.

Despite icy roads that shut down the city on Day 4 of Startup Week, Dallas broke the registration record for a first year Startup Week.

“This happened because our community is coming together to share experience, knowledge, and have some fun,” said an announcement from Dallas Startup Week on Thursday.

We were especially excited to see the kind of attendance that we did at Wednesday’s Dallas New Tech event. The folks at 3015 at Trinity Groves set up a great space for us, and our amazing community braved the awful traffic (and later, freezing rain) to hear from our presenters on their products.

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The top five events (based on the highest level of registration) this week are as follows. Two of those events are coming up tonight, so make sure you check them out!

  • 5 Digital Marketing Ideas to Consider when Marketing Your Startup
  • Startup Marketing: What Few Will Ever Tell You
  • Getting the First $1–5MM: The View From Both Sides of the Table
  • Ignite DFW (Friday)
  • Wrap Party

If you’re interested in any of the presentations from this past week, check out the Dallas Startup Week Slideshare collection.

You can also relive some of the highlights and conversation on Twitter:

We’re so thrilled that this Startup Week was such a success. It was the first for North Texas, and took insane amounts of energy and support. Congratulations to the dedicated team of organizers who made this event possible.

We’re looking forward to next year. 🙂

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.