Join us for the State of Entrepreneurship Address

This Wednesday evening at the Hilton Anatole, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) will present the State of Entrepreneurship (SOE) Address to hundreds of entrepreneurs, startups, corporate representatives, and countless others involved in our ecosystem.

As the event announcement mentions, an entrepreneur’s journey is full of challenges and opportunities. Thankfully in Dallas, that journey is enriched by access to resources like mentors, accelerators, coworking spaces, capital, and corporate buy-in.

“We continue to be amazed by the growth and success of entrepreneurs and support organizations in North Texas. It is fun to have at least one night a year, The State of Entrepreneurship, to promote and celebrate the activity, courage and persistence of these entrepreneurs and all stake holders that make this community the most prolific and impactful entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country,” said Trey Bowles, Founder & CEO of The DEC.

With major partners and sponsors like Texas Capital Bank, Workforce Solutions, KPMG, IBM, Softlayer, and UT Dallas, this year’s address unites startups, entrepreneurs, and major corporations like never before. In addition to the address, The SOE features guest speakers Krista Nightengale-Higbee, Executive Editor of Dallas Innovates, Richard Jones, General Manager of DMNmedia, and Trey Bowles of The DEC.

The “Startup Alley” tradeshow returns with booths and tables from local startups like Socrates Health, Mend, Venue Center, Photomatic, Workify, PnP Loyalty, and more.

At last year’s event, The DEC highlighted the growth of the North Texas entrepreneurial ecosystem including Denton’s booming startup scene, among other notable achievements like Dallas’ rank as one of the top five cities for women in tech. Add in the revival of Downtown Dallas with its 60,000 square feet of coworking space (last year’s numbers) and you have an ecosystem poised¬†for progress.

Last year the SOE was seeking to increase diversity, cultivate a pipeline of talent, and launch the inaugural Dallas Startup Week. While personal anecdotes lead me to believe we’ve made major strides in these areas, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the data and hearing exactly how far we’ve come in the the short 12 months since last year’s address.

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Raquel Vincent
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Raquel Vincent is a Dallas-based creative with a knack for words and inspired creative direction. When she's not working, you can find Raquel hitting a gallery opening, working on her book, or thrifting for unforgettable vintage finds. She loves music festivals, tacos, and her rescue cat Berlioz.