TREP EXPO in Addison Gathers Entrepreneurship Thought Leaders to Strengthen Startup Community

Baylor University’s entrepreneurship program in the Hankamer School of Business is partnering with the town of Addison’s Economic Development department and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) to offer entrepreneurs an opportunity for candid chats, networking time with successful serial entrepreneurs and funding strategists, and information sessions that address issues crucial to accelerating company growth.

TREP EXPO is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 14-15, in Addison and will feature a lineup of guest speakers, information sessions and panels designed to strengthen entrepreneurs. Discussion topics include: intellectual property, legal challenges of crowd funding, marketing and public relations for startups, online marketing and campaign optimization and raising capital through all venture stages.

There are many challenges to building, growing and sustaining a profitable venture. TREP EXPO delivers support, hard-won insights and an opportunity to connect with entrepreneurship thought leaders,” said Mary Abrahams, associate director of Baylor’s John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. “It is about value capture, best practices and transformational lessons to help entrepreneurs achieve their business goals.

The event kicks off Thursday, May 14, at the Addison-based headquarters of Bottle Rocket, a custom application development company. Entrepreneur and former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Ellis will be the keynote speaker for the evening. Representatives from startup companies, including those created by Baylor students, will be on hand to discuss their ventures.

TREP EXPO continues Friday, May 15, at The Addison TreeHouse, a resource-centered co-working space for entrepreneurs. Friday speakers and panelists include:

Calvin Carter, president of Bottle Rocket

Michael Piper, president of Conley Rose

Christina Marshall, general counsel with Chalak Mitra Group

Scott McLain, chief investment officer for HL Investments and former president of Sonic Corporation

Joy Schoffler, principal of Leverage PR

David Grubbs, CEO of First Centurion Group

John Adler, general partner with Silver Creek Ventures

Corey Egan, CEO of ilumi

Jan Norton with Cowtown Angels

Vik Thapar, principal with Cypress Growth Capital.

Friday afternoon concludes with a non-confidential, quick-pitch session delivered by startup and early stage companies to a group of seasoned serial entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs are major economic drivers,” said Orlando Campos, director of economic development and tourism for the town of Addison. “From creating jobs to generating local revenue and triggering community growth, the value of startups is enormous.”

Jeremy Vickers, co-founder of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, added, “Entrepreneurs are doers, not just dreamers, and often, the positive impact that they have on individual lives and the world at large is profound.

Registration for TREP EXPO is open. Tickets cost $25 and are available at

Event times and locations include:

Thursday, May 14 (5:30-8 p.m.) – Bottle Rocket, eighth floor of 14841 Dallas Parkway in Addison

• Friday, May 15 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) – The Addison TreeHouse, 14681 Midway Road in Addison

More information, as well as a complete schedule of events, can be found at

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