Dallas Startup Week 2016 kicked off with a panel of guests who were there to welcome and motivate attendees. The key message was to navigate the event and learn all you can about being an entrepreneur and tapping into the resources available.
First to speak was Pete Nardo, senior vice president at JPMorgan Chase. The company was the title sponsor of the event. “I am proud to be representing 12,000 of my colleagues in the North Texas who represent Chase for business,” Nardo said. “It is great to be here to celebrate the dedication and celebration of entrepreneurs.”
He noted that Chase was proud to highlight Dallas businesses and to help build out the infrastructure in the Dallas area for people in the room who have a vision and courage to start it.
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
Trey Bowles, cofounder and CEO of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, spoke next. He explained how Dallas was a great place to start a business for several reasons. He said that the community is about enabling others and helping the community. He told the audience that only in Dallas can you talk about vision and have people say, “You should do that and how can I help you?”
“Take the step, jump into the unknown, because you will find people to help,” Bowles told the audience.
Clarisa Lindenmeyer is chief revenue officer of Tech Wildcatters. The organization is an accelerator that invests time and money into promising startups. She said that Tech Wildcatters is the foundation of mentorship to companies in the pivotal stage of growth.
Her advice to the audience was, “Get out of your bubble and travel and talk to people who don’t do what you do, and that will help you innovate.”
Samsung Telecommunications America
Nick DiCarlo, VP/GM of immersive products and virtual Reality at Samsung Telecommunications America, told the audience that the virtual reality business is an emerging medium and that most of the content was developed by startup companies.
He stated that Dallas is prominent in the VR startup community and that Samsung is being inspired by what’s going on to build up the community.
Dallas Regional Chamber
Last up was Eric Griffin, director of business information and research at the Dallas Regional Chamber. Griffin explained that the Dallas business community is a diverse area. He said that it was a unique time in history for the region, which now boasts 41 Fortune 1000 companies, because the Dallas/Forth Worth area was founded by entrepreneurs and that the area lends itself to new businesses and innovation.
He told the audience to visit http://www.dallasinnovates.com/ to learn more about opportunities.
Watch the video above to learn more about the event and how to get in on some of the great programs available.