29 Apr 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.
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.”
Registration for TREP EXPO is open. Tickets cost $25 and are available at www.trepexpo.com.
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 www.trepexpo.com.