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Monday, April 2
 

9:00am

Startup Week Kickoff: Insight from Repeat Offenders
Guilty as charged!  They just can't stop...founding startups!  Join us as we kick off Dallas Startup Week with an insightful look into the mind of several key serial entrepreneurs in a panel moderated by The DEC's Trey Bowles.  We'll pick their brains on where the ideas come from, how they gain momentum, how they plan their exit, and when they start the cycle over again!  

Moderators
avatar for Trey Bowles

Trey Bowles

Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC), Dallas Entrepreneur Center
I work at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (aka The DEC). We help entrepreneurs start, grow and build companies. We have a coworking space in The DEC that provides much more than a place to sit but we take a strong interest in helping companies succeed through programming, events... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jasmin Brand

Jasmin Brand

CEO, Launch DFW
Jasmin Brand is the CEO of Launch DFW, bringing close to a decade of executive experience in digital publishing and marketing strategy to the Texas based digital media company on a mission to inspire and support the future of tech and business innovation in the region. | | She i... Read More →
avatar for Dave Copps

Dave Copps

Founder & CEO, Brainspace Corp.
I am a technologist focused on the role that Machine Learning and AI will play in transforming markets and the world. For the past 15 years I have founded, launched and sold three companies focused on machine learning and artificial intelligence. | | I currently serve as founder... Read More →
avatar for Ben Lamm

Ben Lamm

Founder & CEO, Hypergiant, Conversable
Present: | Founder/CEO of Hypergiant | Founder/CEO of Conversable | | Past: | Founder/Partner - Team Chaos [Acquired by Zynga NASDAQ: ZNGA] (2016) | Founder/CEO - Chaotic Moon [Acquired by Accenture NYSE: ACN] (2015) | Founder/CEO - Simply Interactive [Acquired by Agile] (2010... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

Internet of Things Keynote Address
The Internet of Things (IoT) and the many technologies that enable IoT will have an enormous impact in every sector of the global economy... from energy and manufacturing to agriculture and transportation. We'll be able to monitor and control... and analyze objects and conditions that were never technically or economically possible before. Come join us and learn about the huge challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Moderators
avatar for Ed Hightower

Ed Hightower

Principal / Consultant, IoT and Beyond
IoT and LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) Technologist and Consultant / Bus. Dev. Mgr. | | Highly successful technologist, executive, sales engineer, public speaker and business development manager with over 25 years experience and expertise in wireless, machine-to-machine (M2... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Kelley

Kurt Kelley

CEO, Excelerated Technology Consulting
Kurt has been serving the technology and telecom markets more than twenty years with a mission to create partnership ecosystems and stimulate innovation. His career started with a local ISP in the 90’s and then migrated to IT consulting. For a change of pace, his next move was... Read More →
avatar for Raza Shah

Raza Shah

Raza has a decade worth of experience in helping leading financial organisations transform fromtheir traditional operational dynamics to the modern day digital structures in various globalterritories such as Dubai, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and Pakistan. He has been a Busine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Corey Egan

Corey Egan

Founder, ilumi
Corey Egan is the Founder of ilumi. Named one of Entrepreneur magazine's most brilliant companies, ilumi creates Bluetooth Mesh connectivity solutions and Smart lighting products to naturally connect the Internet of Things. Under Mr. Egan's leadership the company successfully... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

Starting a Business: Your First Year (or Two) of Legal Issues and Fees
This event will walk through the beginning legal issues, documents and costs for the first year (or two) of starting a business. We will discuss topics like entity formation, financing, hiring and intellectual property issues. The aim is for founders to be aware of and plan for legal issues so they do not turn into expensive and complex headaches.

Moderators
avatar for Caroline R. Fabacher

Caroline R. Fabacher

Startup Attorney, Vela Wood
Caroline is an associate in the transactional section at Vela Wood PC. She advises and counsels investors, entrepreneurs, startups, and established businesses with an emphasis on entity formation, capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and general business transactions. Caroli... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Bellay

Rebecca Bellay

Founder and Managing Member, Bellay Law, PLLC
Rebecca is a startup and small business attorney. She is the founder and managing member of Bellay Law, PLLC. Rebecca considers herself a small business owner and understands the unique trials and triumphs of starting and running a business. Her legal practice revolves around ent... Read More →
avatar for Kandace Walter

Kandace Walter

Founder and Managing Member, Walter Legal, PLLC
Kandace D. Walter, Esquire, has more than a decade of relevant and valuable legal experience to satisfy the business and intellectual property needs of her clients. Clients depend on Ms. Walter to dispense comprehensive, straightforward and practical advice as they make critical... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
WeWork - Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

Up, Up, and Away: The Changing Landscape of Physical Travel
Panel discussion highlighting the changes in physical travel and how the DFW metroplex is involved. This includes developments in technology (think Uber flying cars), as well as innovation in travel models (think shared charter jet apps).

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Vittorio

Jessica Vittorio

Managing Attorney, The Law Office of Jessica Vittorio
Jessica Vittorio is the Managing Attorney of The Law Office of Jessica Vittorio, a law office focused on providing startups and small business owners with the insight and experience they need to properly grow their business. Jessica focuses on developing client relationships and... Read More →

Monday April 2, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Chase Basecamp - Stage B Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

#DSW18 Startup Expo (all week!)
Join us on Floor 14 to connect with local startups, community partners, and service providers who are on hand to help & share! Drop by to learn and chat with:
  • Red Bull Launch Institute - Just Drive by Neha Husein 
  • Red Bull Launch Institute - Cthrough by Elaine Wang
  • Hospitality Startup ROOM - Chirayu Patel
  • Eastfield College
  • Jingiing Ye (Sr. Patent Attorney)
  • The Profit Experts


Monday April 2, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Floor 14 500 N. Akard St. Dallas, TX 75201

11:00am

The Business Case for Mentoring Women
While there are clear benefits to women-led companies and gender-balanced leadership teams, we have a long way to go in making this the norm.  Michelle will explore the “leaky pipeline” theory, how mentoring makes a difference for the woman AND the company, and how the disparate parties in the startup ecosystem can come together to make a major impact.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Bogan

Michelle Bogan

Founder, EQUITY FOR WOMEN
Michelle Bogan’s career spans 20+ years in retail and consulting at Accenture, Kurt Salmon, Macy’s and Walt Disney.  In 2018 Michelle founded EQUITY FOR WOMEN to empower women at work.  Passionate about helping others, Michelle develops women’s programs for companies, i... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

11:00am

What is Agile? A Master Class on a New Mindset for IT
Join BCG for this hands-on training session to learn more about "Agile," what it is, and how it is changing how companies work – within the IT/Digital function and beyond

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Edison

Stephen Edison

Principal, BCG
Stephen Edison is a Principal in the Dallas office of The Boston Consulting Group, where heworks in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) and Technology Advantage(TA) practices. His primary focus is on Digital and Agile transformations. | | | | Prior to joining BCG... Read More →
avatar for David Martin

David Martin

Partner and Managing Director, BCG
David Martin is a Partner and Managing Director in the Boston Consulting Group’s Dallasoffice. He is a core member of BCG’s Technology, Media and Telecommunicationspractice, where he advises clients on topics from strategic growth and business modelinnovation, to operational... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Workshop 500 N. Akard Street, Dallas, 75201

11:00am

Reality Beyond the Runway: An In-Depth Discussion on 2018 Trends, Forecasting, and Contemporary Issues Affecting the Industry
Oftentimes what hits the runway is rarely reality. In this "state of the industry" discussion, an elite panel of industry insiders will go beyond the New York Fashion Week catwalks and dish on the top fashion and beauty trends for 2018. In addition to the trends report, forecasting for the future will be addressed, as well as dialogue on contemporary issues impacting the business (i.e. the plus size movement, fast fashion, ethical fashion, diversity amongst brands, decline of retail, etc.).

Moderators
avatar for Leah Frazier

Leah Frazier

Owner, Think Three Media
Leah Frazier is a leading FashionPreneur™ and was recognized as one of Dallas' most successful women for 2015. In addition to this elite recognition, Leah received the “Rising Star” award for fashion blogging by Fashion Group International of Dallas in 2017, and was also no... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Karsner

Jennifer Karsner

Founder & CEO, LINC
Jenn Karsner is the CEO and Founder of LINC, a platform that provides unrestricted access to expert level education for creatives in the beauty industry through live events, online curriculums, interactive webinars, & a community  Known in the industry as... Read More →
avatar for Ken Weber

Ken Weber

Ken Weber owns one of the most prestigious vintage & contemporary fashion resale stores in the country. Ken started his career as a costumer for films, commercials and television. His resume includes working with actors such as Dennis Hopper, Julie Harris, Hal Holbrook, Kathy Bat... Read More →

Speakers
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Ben Newell

VP of Product, RewardStyle
Ben Newell comes to rewardStyle as the VP of Product after 17 years at Sabre, a10,000 person company, where he focused on the proper allocation of a $500million annual investment. At rewardStyle, Ben leads his team in developing theinnovative technology behind the fashion tech... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Siede

Jenny Siede

Co-Founder, In Style Exchange
Jenny Siede is the co-founder of Dallas-basedapparel development company, In Style Exchange(www.instyleexchange.com IG: @instyleexchange).Jenny holds a Bachelor of Science Degree inComputer Science from Northeastern University,Boston Massachusetts.She knew she wanted to be a make... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Industrious Dallas 1722 Routh St Suite 900, Dallas, TX 75201

1:00pm

The Artist Entrepreneur: How to Master Your Craft & Think Like an Entrepreneur
This keynote will dive into understanding who you are as an artist and the importance of building your brand.

Moderators
avatar for Marissa Delcambre

Marissa Delcambre

Executive Director, Art House Dallas
Marissa Delcambre serves as the Executive Director for Art House Dallas. She previously served as the Programs Director for Art House Dallas for over 6 years developing events, spiritual resources for visual and performing artists. Prior to Art House, Marissa worked with artists... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Hart

Jim Hart

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, SMU
James Hart has won numerous pedagogical awards and innovation honors. Hart is a professor of practice at Meadows School of the Arts, serving as interim chair for the Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, and director of Arts Entrepreneurship. Hart currently admin... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Seredipity Labs Dallas Hall Arts 2323 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

1:00pm

AI in Our Business Ecosystems and How It affects Personal Privacy: A World Cafe Fireside Chat hosted by Debi Stack with Brandon E. B. Ward
Debi Stack is a game changer and artificial intelligence influencer, with business and IT strategy, consulting, sales and business development experience. She is recognized for her incredible ability to take complex customer problems or industry issues and solve them through innovation, technology, creativity, collaboration, partnering, and deep industry expertise. Debi will host a unique fireside chat that includes a World Cafe mini session around smart cities and the Internet of Things. There will be time for Q & A following the mini breakouts.

Moderators
avatar for Doug Clark

Doug Clark

Founder & CEO, designVR
As Founder and CEO, I bring significant experience and a proven track record of success as an entrepreneur creating, leading and operating 4 start-up companies to successful exits the last 2 to well known public companies. I have demonstrated the ability to recognize, design and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Debi Stack

Debi Stack

Lead Partner, IBM
I am an innovation executive who is helping clients reinvent their industries and shape society with artificial intelligence, IoT and blockchain. We help executives understand AI opportunities, apply technology to align with business unit goals, rapidly prototype applications, ev... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

1:00pm

Real Estate Tech Fair
Real estate tech fair will feature various types of technologies employed in today's real estate services like artificial reality, drones and custom software applications.

Moderators
avatar for Erreka Campbell

Erreka Campbell

Associate, Polsinelli PC
Erreka Campbell, an associate in the Dallas office of Polsinelli PC, is a business-minded real estate attorney who focuses on representing developers, investors, and lenders with their acquisition, disposition, financing, development, and leasing matters. Erreka’s goal is to mi... Read More →

Monday April 2, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Exhibition Space 500 N. Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75201

2:00pm

Build a Better Personal Brand
Rethinking your own brand can be a trajectory-changing experience that helps you recalibrate and prepare for the future. Learn how a little self-love can help make you more attractive to potential clients and collaborators.

Moderators
avatar for Harrison Blum

Harrison Blum

Vice President, Social Revolt
Harrison Blum is an accomplished marketing consultant and strategist. He began his career in the music industry, managing marketing and communications for entertainment giants Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Live. In 2012, at the age of 27, Harrison opened his first creative ad... Read More →
avatar for Amber England

Amber England

Account Manager, Social Revolt
A creative enthusiast with over four years of experience in brand management; helping enhance the growth of various companies utilizing online content, especially e-commerce across all social platforms while adding to my account management experience. My excellent communication s... Read More →
avatar for Marty Martinez

Marty Martinez

Founder and CEO, Social Revolt Agency

Speakers
avatar for Brooks Johnson

Brooks Johnson

Brooks established an impressive track record helping brands look their best since arriving on the Dallas scene. Building upon over a decade of creative project oversight, his intuitive grasp of business strategy and design have equipped him to develop and manage amazingly talent... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Rosenberg

Jonathan Rosenberg

Managing Partner, White Unicorn Agency
Jonathan is no stranger to doling out cutting-edge business advice. His vast experience as a consultant both domestically and internationally has equipped Jonathan with a keen strategic vision for achieving organizational breakthroughs. Born in Cape Town, South Africa and spendin... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WeWork - Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201

2:00pm

An Introduction to Senior Living: A Look at Modern Aging from Investors, Operators, Developers, Creators, and Senior Advocates
***ATTENDEES: Please bring a government issued ID in order to access the space at Factory Six03.

The Senior Living market is heating up as Baby Boomers are aging and investor money and development is at an all-time high! Join us as we get an in-depth look at the industry from the perspective of investors, developers, operators, healthcare, and senior resource non-profits. We'll specifically address aging in the modern world and the increased interest in the senior living space, trends and challenges, and the need for tech in creating hospitality and caregiving solutions.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Bissell

Charles Bissell

Managing Director of Valuation and Advisory Services, Jones Lang LaSalle
Charles Bissell serves as Managing Director in JLL's Valuation and Advisory Services (VAS) in the United States, specializing in seniors housing and health care properties. In this role, he directs valuation and consulting engagements related to a wide variety of seniors housing... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Leiber

Kristin Leiber

Founder, The L3 Hostel
Kristin Leiber is thrilled to serve Dallas Startup Week for her second year, this time as the Hospitality Track Co-Captain and a member of the DSW18 Planning Committee for Special Events! As a CPA with a background in accounting/finance but with a heart for people, Kristin now s... Read More →
avatar for Meagan Moakes

Meagan Moakes

Director of Community Development, REVTECH
Meagan Moakes has worked in Community Development within the startup community for almost four years. Attending the University of Texas at Dallas, she received her BA in Psychology and Criminology. After several years at IBM, she decided to make the jump from the corporate world... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dick Blaylock

Dick Blaylock

Owner / CEO, 12 Oaks Senior Living
RICHARD K. BLAYLOCK, Owner/CEO of 12 Oaks Senior Living, brings with him a wealth of experience regarding all aspects of senior living, real estate development and management. A Dallas native, Dick is a 1981 graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he obtained a Bachelor... Read More →
avatar for David Dillard

David Dillard

President, D2 Architecture
David’s contribution to senior living architecture started in Dallas in the 1990s. Since then, his portfolio has grown to encompass some of the most progressive, award winning senior living communities in the country. Although he is often on the dais of national and regional co... Read More →
avatar for Jeryn Laengrich

Jeryn Laengrich

Chief Service Officer, Cariloop
Jeryn Laengrich serves as Chief Service Officer for Cariloop where she leads the company’s team of healthcare coaches as they walk with families through their caregiving journeys. Jeryn graduated from the University of North Texas with an M.S. in Speech Language Pathology and h... Read More →
avatar for Cortney Nicolato

Cortney Nicolato

CEO, The Senior Source
Cortney is an executive leader with over 16 years of professional experience in marketing and business strategy. She recently served as the Senior Advisor and Director, New Business Initiatives at the National Center of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association... Read More →
avatar for Jason Signor

Jason Signor

CEO & Partner, Caddis
Jason began his career as a civil engineer designing hospitals in Nashville, Tennessee. After attending graduate school, he ventured into medical office development and found his niche organizing physicians into real estate partnerships. In 2007, he was introduced to the founde... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Factory Six03 - Floor 8 603 Munger Ave, Dallas, TX 75202

3:00pm

Emerging Trends in Cybersecurity: A Fireside Chat w/ Nathan Huey, CMO at Stackpath
A fireside chat featuring Nathan Huey discussing emerging trends in cybersecurity and where the industry is moving, as well as what companies like StackPath is doing to help startups tackle this developing concerns.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Ellis

Stephen Ellis

Director, North Texas Blockchain Alliance

Speakers

Monday April 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

3:00pm

Hospital Innovation: The Future of Healthcare
***ATTENDEES: Please bring a government issued ID in order to access the space at Factory Six03.

What will healthcare look like in 10 years? What’s the difference between healthcare and "sickcare?" Who will be responsible for managing your health? In this session we will look into all of these questions and more as we discuss the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare and what you can expect to see taking shape across the next decade.

Moderators
avatar for Loren Bolton

Loren Bolton

Health Wildcatters
Loren Bolton is a Dallas/Fort Worth-based public relations professional. His expertise in media relations, strategic planning and digital marketing has aided government organizations, non-profits, commercial real estate companies and transportation. Bolton is a 2012 emerald eagle... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Shinneman

Shawn Shinneman

D Magazine
Shawn Shinneman is the Editor of D CEO Healthcare and a Senior Editor for D CEO Magazine. A former newspaper reporter and then tech writer for the Dallas Business Journal, Shinneman now covers the business of healthcare in North Texas’ booming market. He has an MA from the Univ... Read More →
avatar for Hubert Zajicek

Hubert Zajicek

CEO, Health Wildcatters
Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA, is CEO & Co-founder of Health Wildcatters, a nationally ranked healthcare seed fund & accelerator in Dallas, TX. Health Wildcatters provides mentorship, capital and guidance to healthcare startups. Dr. Zajicek has extensive experience with startups and is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Chambers

Matthew Chambers

Matthew has been Chief Information Officer of Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest | not-for- profit healthcare system in Texas, since our organization was formed from the | merger of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare in 2013. He is | responsible for desi... Read More →
avatar for Suresh Gunasekaran

Suresh Gunasekaran

As Vice President and Chief of Operations for the UT Southwestern Health System, Suresh Gunasekaran, MBA, leads the administrative and operational functions of the physician practice and shared services of the Health System, including strategic planning, revenue cycle, and accou... Read More →
avatar for Julie Hall-Barrow

Julie Hall-Barrow

Dr. Julie Hall-Barrow is the vice president of virtual health and innovation at Children’s Health, the leading pediatric health system in North Texas. Since joining Children’s Health in October 2015, Dr. Hall-Barrow has strategically guided the system’s use of technology to... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Factory Six03 - Floor 8 603 Munger Ave, Dallas, TX 75202

3:00pm

The Inclusive Economy: Domestic Poverty
The Inclusive Economy - Bringing together business, civil society, government, and the agents of change to help address major societal challenges.

Moderators
avatar for B.J. Vann

B.J. Vann

Founder and Executive Director, Impact House
Benjamin Vann is the Founder and Executive Director of Impact House, a 501c3 business incubator and social venture accelerator focused on championing diversity, women, and founders of color in the social impact, business, and technology sectors. He is also the Managing Principal... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vidya Ayyr

Vidya Ayyr

Director of Social Impact, Parkland Health System
As Director of Social Impact, Ms. Ayyr provides strategic direction and leadership to promote social innovation, with a commitment to improving the lives and livelihoods of disadvantaged, marginalized, and vulnerable populations. Prior to this role, she worked in Legislative Affa... Read More →
avatar for Eva Csaky

Eva Csaky

Dr. Eva Szalkai Csaky is the Executive Director of the Hunt Institute for Engineering &Humanity and Research Professor at SMU where Dr. Csaky’s work focuses on fosteringinclusive economic solutions through various market based mechanisms. She is leading acomprehensive inclusive economy action research program and is the co-founder of theDallas based Inclusive Economy Consortium. Prior to joining SMU, Dr. Csaky workedfor 18 years for the International Finance Corporation (private sector arm of the WorldBank Group). Impact investing and innovative models for financial inclusion have beenimportant pillars of Dr. Csaky’s work and she earned various recognitions for hercontributions in that area, including the first IFC/World Bank Innovation Award. Dr.Csaky led investment transactions in 24 countries, with a focus on energy efficiency,renewable energy, clean water access and sustainable value chains.Dr. Csaky is the co-author of the 2017 G20 study... Read More →
avatar for Doric Earle

Doric Earle

Managing Partner, Forward Planning & Dallas Unity Fund
Doric Earle is dedicated to helping communities, social enterprises and entrepreneurs achieve collaborative, engaging and analytical solutions. Social impact is integrated into all of his work. From his Solution Broker firm, Forward Planning; to teaching at UT Dallas and SMU and... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Jaso

Garrett Jaso

Community Loan Officer, Accion
Garrett Jaso is the Community Loan Officer for Accion. Based in Dallas, TX Garrett is helping to lead Accion’s expansion across the state. In his role he is focused on providing capital, technical assistance, and support to entrepreneurs and small business owners not served by... Read More →
avatar for Roy Lopez

Roy Lopez

Chair of Community Leadership Council, Dallas Fed
Lopez leads the Dallas Fed’s community development function, promoting economic growth and financial stability for low- and moderate-income communities through resources and innovative ideas that connect them to opportunities available in the mainstream economy. He also Chairs... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hall of State -Lecture Hall (lower lever auditorium) 1121 First Avenue Dallas, TX 75210

3:30pm

Client Reporting: How to Tell the Real Story
Dashboards are for managing client campaigns. Reports are for real storytelling: What did you do with my money? What happened with the money you spent? Did we meet our objectives? What do we do next? This session will focus on the tools and techniques for agencies to report to clients what they did and how well they did it. It will help brands understand what they should be asking (demanding!) from their agencies.

Moderators
avatar for Harrison Blum

Harrison Blum

Vice President, Social Revolt
Harrison Blum is an accomplished marketing consultant and strategist. He began his career in the music industry, managing marketing and communications for entertainment giants Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Live. In 2012, at the age of 27, Harrison opened his first creative ad... Read More →
avatar for Amber England

Amber England

Account Manager, Social Revolt
A creative enthusiast with over four years of experience in brand management; helping enhance the growth of various companies utilizing online content, especially e-commerce across all social platforms while adding to my account management experience. My excellent communication s... Read More →
avatar for Marty Martinez

Marty Martinez

Founder and CEO, Social Revolt Agency

Speakers
avatar for Michael Pratt

Michael Pratt

CEO, Panamplify
CEO & Co-founder of Panamplify. We are a funded SaaS company that does one thing: we build the complex, data heavy reports that marketing agencies send to their brand clients, automatically and for almost nothing.


Monday April 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WeWork - Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201

4:00pm

Innovative Approaches to Chronic Disease Management
***ATTENDEES: Please bring a government issued ID in order to access the space at Factory Six03.

Chronic diseases and conditions are the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. Join us in a candid conversation with local health care industry experts as they discuss the chronic diseases that have the highest impact on North Texas and how innovative approaches can help offer solutions for health care providers, employers and individuals.

Moderators
avatar for Summer Wright Collins

Summer Wright Collins

Divisional Vice President of Design + Innovation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
Summer Wright Collins is the Divisional Vice President of Design + Innovation at the C1 Innovation Lab. Summer directly manages the design team and oversees the operations within the lab, which creates health care solutions for the business needs of national employers served by B... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kaylan Hearne

Kaylan Hearne

Lead Benefits Consultant of Health & Welfare Design, AT&T
Kaylan Hearne is a Lead Benefits Strategy Consultant at AT&T and has been in the role for two years. Her primary responsibilities include designing non-medical benefits programs such as dental, vision, life, disability, as well as the incentive and surcharge strategy. Kaylan is o... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Bharath Thankavel

Dr. Bharath Thankavel

Medical Director of Value Based Care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Dr. Bharath Thankavel is a physician leader who is eager to help make the health care system work better through the use of value based care. As medical director of value based care at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), Dr. Thankavel is well positioned to make a diffe... Read More →
avatar for Steve Wardle

Steve Wardle

CEO and Co-Founder, Iris Plans
Steve is an entrepreneur and technology innovator who co-founded Iris Plans in 2015 to improve the quality of life for people living with serious illness. After beginning his career in investment banking, Steve transitioned to digital finance where he helped extend access to fina... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Factory Six03 - Floor 8 603 Munger Ave, Dallas, TX 75202

4:00pm

Surviving in a World of Amazon
In the age of Amazon, how do retailers and brands stay relevant and survive? Is brick-and-mortar dying? This panel will deep dive into the different ways retailers like GameStop, Michael's, and Pottery Barn are fighting to stay on top.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Halkias

Maria Halkias

Staff Writer, Dallas Morning News
Maria Halkias has covered the retail scene for The Dallas Morning News for 25 years. She writes about local companies and trends. She’s chronicled the stark changes in grocery, malls and e-commerce. Maria is a native Hoosier and a graduate of Valparaiso University with a BS in... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Leiber

Kristin Leiber

Founder, The L3 Hostel
Kristin Leiber is thrilled to serve Dallas Startup Week for her second year, this time as the Hospitality Track Co-Captain and a member of the DSW18 Planning Committee for Special Events! As a CPA with a background in accounting/finance but with a heart for people, Kristin now s... Read More →
avatar for Meagan Moakes

Meagan Moakes

Director of Community Development, REVTECH
Meagan Moakes has worked in Community Development within the startup community for almost four years. Attending the University of Texas at Dallas, she received her BA in Psychology and Criminology. After several years at IBM, she decided to make the jump from the corporate world... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Donaldson

Jeff Donaldson

Founder and CEO, Intriosity
Former SVP of GameStop. 
avatar for Sascha Jamall

Sascha Jamall

SAJ Consulting, LLC
Sascha Jamall is a Principal at SAJ Consulting, a retail and wholesale consumer products consulting and advisory firm. The practice is targeted to early stage businesses and mid-tier firms. The focus is on strategy development, process mapping and leadership development with an e... Read More →
avatar for Steve Yates

Steve Yates

CEO, All Industry Consulting
Steve Yates developed well-rounded expertise working for multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 retailers such as Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods and eBay Enterprise. With 23 years’ experience in retail management and 16 years’ experience in eCommerce, Steve Yates provides companie... Read More →


Monday April 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

4:45pm

Happy Hour and Tour of HCSC C1 Innovation Lab
***ATTENDEES: Please bring a government issued ID in order to access the space at Factory Six03.

Join for a tour of the BCBS Innovation lab in the West End and stay for a happy hour and light bites.  

Monday April 2, 2018 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Factory Six03 - Floor 8 603 Munger Ave, Dallas, TX 75202

5:00pm

DSW18 Base Camp Happy Hour
Join us at Base Camp in Ross Tower for our daily cross-track happy hour! 

Alcohol sponsored by Katy Trail Vodka, Peticolas Brewery, Austin Eastciders, Santa Margherita Wine, 903 Brewing, and Deep Ellum Brewing.  Non-alcoholic beverages sponsored by High Brew Coffee and Hint Water. 

Monday April 2, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Floor 43 500 N. Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75201

7:00pm

The Longhorn Ballroom presents Techstars Startup Week Dallas Launch Party
Join the us at the free kick-off event for Techstars Startup Week Dallas on Monday evening from 7PM - 10PM!  This giant cross-track party is not one to miss, as we'll have drinks, food trucks, live music, DJ's, photo booths, and more at the historic Longhorn Ballroom!  Make sure to take a photo at the vintage wooden bar and two-step (...or just sing along) across the dance floor to the covers of The Raised Right Men!  This is the perfect evening to rub elbows with founders, investors, creators, corporate partners, and consumers in a casual, high-energy setting that will set the tone for the week!

The historic Longhorn Ballroom was built in 1950 and celebrates 67 years of operation. The Longhorn complex consists of the 23,000 sq.ft. legendary Longhorn Ballroom, and a two acre outdoor event space.  You won't want to miss a chance to see this venue!

Monday April 2, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Longhorn Ballroom 216 Corinth Street, Dallas, TX 75207
 
Tuesday, April 3
 

8:00am

#BigDOCC - Dallas Open Coffee Club (Downtown Dallas)
You wake up every morning, filled with excitement about the technology news of the day. Wouldn't it be great if you could surround yourself once a week with people just as excited about tech as you are? Imagine a one hour chat, moderated of course, with people that love talking tech because they're passionate about it? Free coffee too? How this works: You bring yourself, and hopefully a friend. Your friendly moderator, Caitlin Studley, will start the conversation with introductions of any new attendees and then we'll tackle a few items such as community events (yes, you can promote yours!), jobs (who's searching/hiring), and then we get into it--what do you want to talk about this week?

Tuesday April 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Cafe Momentum 1510 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75270

8:00am

#BigDOCC - Dallas Open Coffee Club (North Dallas)
You wake up every morning, filled with excitement about the technology news of the day. Wouldn't it be great if you could surround yourself once a week with people just as excited about tech as you are? Imagine a one hour chat, moderated of course, with people that love talking tech because they're passionate about it? Breakfast burritos and free coffee too?

That's exactly why #BigDOCC was founded. To give people like us a place to open up and be the people we love to be.

Bring a friend and enhance the value for everyone.

Tuesday April 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Coffee House Cafe 6150 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

9:00am

"So You Want to Do Some Good"
So you want to do some good and dont know where to start? or You've done quite a bit of good and want to do good, better. This panel will be primarily geared towards attendees at the early-mid level in social good. It will feature discussions around entity structure, theory of change, mission, types of entities: non-profit, b-corp, social enterprise, etc. funding cycyles, measuring impact, incubator and accelerator programs, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Catherine Cuellar

Catherine Cuellar

Director of Partnerships, RefillWise
Catherine Cuellar serves as the director of partnerships for the social enterprise RefillWise, a free pharmacy discount and adherence rewards program helping people afford needed prescription medicines. | Cuellar previously helmed the Dallas Arts District, the nation’s largest... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tony Fleo

Tony Fleo

CEO, Social Venture Partners Dallas
Tony Fleo has more than 30 years of experience in assisting enterprises grow in organizational strength, funding, and staff and board development. His extensive background in psychology and systems theory, coupled with his hands-on experience leading organizations to fulfill thei... Read More →
avatar for Kate Knight

Kate Knight

Director of GroundFloor, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Kate Knight is the Director of the GroundFloor Program at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas – a social innovation accelerator program that finds innovative ideas poised to better our community in the areas of education, income and health and supplies them with the critical reso... Read More →
avatar for Cynthia Nevels

Cynthia Nevels

Senior Partner, Integrality LLC
Cynthia Nevels, is known as the “The Go-To-Lady" when it comes to business management and social innovation. She is an investor, mentor and thought leader who has helped public and private organizations overcome insurmountable management, marketing, technology, strategy and operational obstacles. For 15 years, Cynthia has served as Senior Partner with... Read More →
avatar for Nissy New

Nissy New

Director of Income Impact, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Nissy New has made ending poverty her mission in life.  Her 10-years of experience working within the non-profit field in Dallas began at The Bridge to most recently as the Director of Income Impact at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.  In her current role, she implements the... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith

Founder, Social Impact Architects/Flywheel: Social Enterprise Hub
Suzanne Smith is a serial social entrepreneur and bridges many disciplines as a coach and consultant to social sector organizations as Founder and Managing Director of Social Impact Architects and Co-Founder of Flywheel: Social Enterprise Hub. She also educates future social entr... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Chase Basecamp - Stage B Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

9:30am

Inclusive Leadership: Building Diverse Teams for Competitive Advantage
According to McKinsey & Company, diversity is good for business. In their "Delivering through Diversity" report, "Companies in the top quartile for ethnic diversity at the executive level are 33% more likely to have above-average profitability than companies in the bottom quartile". As you're starting to build your executive team, your Board of Directors or Advisory Board, it's easier to build and foster diverse teams for competitive advantage now than to do it retroactively. Learn how (and why) these executives from F1000 companies have helped build strong and diverse teams.

Moderators
avatar for Jesse Cortez

Jesse Cortez

Global Inclusion and Diversity Leader, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
Jesse Cortez is the Global Inclusion Effectiveness Lead at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, reporting to the Chief Diversity Officer. In his role he is responsible for HPE’s efforts to accelerate Inclusion in the workplace.  He leads a team of regional Inclusion & Diversity leaders... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cristina Lopez

Cristina Lopez

Director of Inclusion and Diversity, JCPenney
Cristina (Cris) Lopez is director of inclusion and diversity, supplier diversity, and corporate social responsibility at JCPenney. She is responsible for ensuring a diverse and inclusive work environment, where leaders and associates are equipped to help team members and customer... Read More →
avatar for John Redmond

John Redmond

Diversity Sourcing - Senior Advisor, Dell
John Redmond is a result-oriented executive who exercises adaptability and strong business acumen in dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty and enables his clients to implement or execute solutions that support the overall business mission.   Mr. Redmond is an experienced talen... Read More →
avatar for Freddy Vaca

Freddy Vaca

President, Pinnacle Talent Solutions
As the President of Talent Solutions for Pinnacle Group, Freddy Vaca is responsible for strengthening and streamlining the company’s strategy, service delivery and sales through North America and Canada. Vaca leads all talent solutions, including the sales and delivery teams, a... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

You Are Only As Good As Your Data
Michael Monticino, Program Director of Advanced Data Analytics at the University of North Texas, will host a discussion around data, algorithms, and the systems needed to find and make sense of the world.

Moderators
avatar for Doug Clark

Doug Clark

Founder & CEO, designVR
As Founder and CEO, I bring significant experience and a proven track record of success as an entrepreneur creating, leading and operating 4 start-up companies to successful exits the last 2 to well known public companies. I have demonstrated the ability to recognize, design and... Read More →
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Michael Monticino

Accomplished higher education professional with extensive experience within and outside of academics. Served in multiple roles as a university administrator, implementing significant organizational change, advancing research programs, and expanding institutional support. Supporte... Read More →

Speakers

Tuesday April 3, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Addison TreeHouse 14681 Midway Rd, Addison, TX 75001

10:00am

Smart Cities - Public-Private Partnerships and Driving IoT Adoption
We will hear from successful Dallas based PPP, and learn how they are helping the city develop Smart City initiatives along with success stories. If you have a desire to partner with a local city then this is a must attend session!

Moderators
avatar for Ed Hightower

Ed Hightower

Principal / Consultant, IoT and Beyond
IoT and LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) Technologist and Consultant / Bus. Dev. Mgr. | | Highly successful technologist, executive, sales engineer, public speaker and business development manager with over 25 years experience and expertise in wireless, machine-to-machine (M2... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Kelley

Kurt Kelley

CEO, Excelerated Technology Consulting
Kurt has been serving the technology and telecom markets more than twenty years with a mission to create partnership ecosystems and stimulate innovation. His career started with a local ISP in the 90’s and then migrated to IT consulting. For a change of pace, his next move was... Read More →
avatar for Raza Shah

Raza Shah

Raza has a decade worth of experience in helping leading financial organisations transform fromtheir traditional operational dynamics to the modern day digital structures in various globalterritories such as Dubai, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and Pakistan. He has been a Busine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dallas Innovation Alliance
Jennifer Sanders is Cofounder and Executive Director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) a nonprofit public-private partnership dedicated to the design and execution of a smart cities plan for Dallas. She brings to the role expertise across a broad array of industries, includ... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
The DEC 311 N Market St #200, Dallas, TX 75202

10:00am

Growing Pains: Practical Tips for Selecting Your Next Office Space
Stay ahead! Don't wait until you have outgrown your office space before planning your next move. Let our panel guide you with the best practices to develop a flexible real estate plan to address your growing pains.

Moderators
avatar for Erreka Campbell

Erreka Campbell

Associate, Polsinelli PC
Erreka Campbell, an associate in the Dallas office of Polsinelli PC, is a business-minded real estate attorney who focuses on representing developers, investors, and lenders with their acquisition, disposition, financing, development, and leasing matters. Erreka’s goal is to mi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marshall Hudes

Marshall Hudes

Co-Founder, Truss
Marshall Hudes is the co-founder at Truss, a tech-enabled broker helping small and medium businesses lease office space.  With Truss, businesses can search, tour and lease the space from their own computers or mobile devices. Marshall’s experience in leading the growth, chang... Read More →
avatar for Mike McKeown

Mike McKeown

Consulting Practice Area Leader, Gensler
CM

Charlie Morris

Charlie Morris is the Director of Business Development at LiquidSpace. Leveraging his prior experience in the commercial brokerage industry, Charlie is helping building owners, corporate occupiers, and brokerages bridge the gap between the traditional leasing process and the flex... Read More →
avatar for Alice Zimmerman

Alice Zimmerman

Seale Realty Advisors
Alice Zimmerman Seale is principal of Seale Realty Advisors, a firm dedicated to providing real estate, project leasing and investment sales services to both retailers and shopping-center developers across the country. Her clients have included jcpenney, Academy Sports + Outdoor... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Polsinelli 2950 N Harwood St #2100, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

#DSW18 Startup Expo (all week!)
Join us on Floor 14 to connect with local startups, community partners, and service providers who are on hand to help & share! Drop by to learn and chat with:
  • Red Bull Launch Institute - Just Drive by Neha Husein 
  • Red Bull Launch Institute - Cthrough by Elaine Wang
  • Hospitality Startup ROOM - Chirayu Patel
  • Eastfield College
  • Phani Ilapakurty (Accounting/Business Formation)
  • The Profit Experts

Tuesday April 3, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Floor 14 500 N. Akard St. Dallas, TX 75201

10:30am

Can an Accelerator or Incubator Jumpstart your Startup?
This panel brings together the heads of DFW's most well-known accelerator programs for a discussion on incubators, accelerators, venture studios, and other types of accelerator programs. Attendees will learn the benefits of each and how to select the right one according to the stage of your startup and your specific needs.

Moderators
avatar for Joseph Clemko

Joseph Clemko

Senior Attorney, Beckmen Law Firm
Combining my work experiences with my legal and business education to provide quality and innovative representation for clients in various industries. My practice focuses on counseling businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, and investors with an emphasis on general business | trans... Read More →
avatar for Ricky Tejapaibul

Ricky Tejapaibul

Managing Partner & CEO, Tech Wildcatters
Ricky Tejapaibul is the Managing Partner and CEO of Tech Wildcatters, one of the first 15 startup accelerators in the world and pioneer of the Gauntlet, a milestone-based data-driven accelerator model.  Ricky is an active angel investor, entrepreneur, startup mentor, and has wo... Read More →
avatar for Julia Young

Julia Young

Program Associate, Tech Wildcatters
I am the program associate for Tech Wildcatters, an early stage B2B seed fund and accelerator. You should talk to me if you have a startup and need mentorship, resources, and funding. We also co-host Startup Grind Dallas and are always looking to connect entrepreneur speakers wit... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Baer

Joshua Baer

Founder and Executive Director, PostUp
Austinpreneur I help people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. I type in Dvorak and work at a standing desk.
avatar for Tahir Hussain

Tahir Hussain

Managing Partner & CEO, Collide Village
A seasoned entrepreneur, active angel investor, inventor and a technologist.  | As a founder and managing partner of Collide Village, a milestone driven technology startup studio program, Tahir has created a deep passion to change the local technology startup landscape by invest... Read More →
avatar for David Matthews

David Matthews

Managing Director, RevTech
David Matthews has a background as an entrepreneur, a lead investor in emerging investment funds, | and as a venture capitalist. As an entrepreneur, he launched several successful start-ups including | Intelecon and Green Mountain Dallas. He brought the initial capital together t... Read More →
avatar for Ricky Tejapaibul

Ricky Tejapaibul

Managing Partner & CEO, Tech Wildcatters
Ricky Tejapaibul is the Managing Partner and CEO of Tech Wildcatters, one of the first 15 startup accelerators in the world and pioneer of the Gauntlet, a milestone-based data-driven accelerator model.  Ricky is an active angel investor, entrepreneur, startup mentor, and has wo... Read More →
avatar for Hubert Zajicek

Hubert Zajicek

CEO, Health Wildcatters
Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA, is CEO & Co-founder of Health Wildcatters, a nationally ranked healthcare seed fund & accelerator in Dallas, TX. Health Wildcatters provides mentorship, capital and guidance to healthcare startups. Dr. Zajicek has extensive experience with startups and is... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

11:00am

Innovation By Design: Designing Your Own Future
To ensure you are the disruptor versus the disrupted, you must understand societal shifts and instill a culture of creativity around them. This session looks at key future trends and their impact on your organization. Qualman provides the roadmap for getting to a future state faster. Leap over the pitfalls of incremental change and land on a foundation of progressive - yet practical - innovation principles.

Speakers
avatar for Erik Qualman

Erik Qualman

Top Technology and Motivational Speaker, #1 Bestselling Author & Futurist
#1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 50 countries and reached 25 million people this decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling.  | | His entertaining, educating, and empowering... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

11:00am

Retail in the Digital Era
In a new retail world, what attributes or components equip a retailer to be successful? New brands and trends are shifting retail expectations. Today, people want a purpose, a story, and an experience with their purchases. In this panel, entrepreneurs, academia, and investors discuss what macro-trends they are seeing in the retail industry.

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Fine

Jonathan Fine

VP, Business Development, REVTECH Ventures
Jonathan Fine is the Vice President of Business Development at REVTECH – Retail Technology Ventures. REVTECH is a seed fund and venture accelerator helping the retail industry transform in a digital era. He focuses on sourcing investments, developing strategic connections, secu... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Leiber

Kristin Leiber

Founder, The L3 Hostel
Kristin Leiber is thrilled to serve Dallas Startup Week for her second year, this time as the Hospitality Track Co-Captain and a member of the DSW18 Planning Committee for Special Events! As a CPA with a background in accounting/finance but with a heart for people, Kristin now s... Read More →
avatar for Meagan Moakes

Meagan Moakes

Director of Community Development, REVTECH
Meagan Moakes has worked in Community Development within the startup community for almost four years. Attending the University of Texas at Dallas, she received her BA in Psychology and Criminology. After several years at IBM, she decided to make the jump from the corporate world... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bryan DeLuca

Bryan DeLuca

Co-Founder/CEO/Beard Grower, Foot Cardigan
Bryan is the face of and brains behind Foot Cardigan, the largest sock subscription company in the universe. Born in Oklahoma, schooled in Nashville, and lifed in Texas, Bryan’s actually a Europhile at heart. Which means he’s either obsessing over his garden (no. really.) or... Read More →
avatar for Rich Last

Rich Last

E-Commerce & Digital Retailing, Axcelora
Richard E. Last is one of the co-founders of Axcelora, connecting service providers with retailers. He retired from the University of North Texas in 2016 where he led the Digital Retailing degree program, and was Senior Director of their research center for Global Digital Retaili... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Mossman

Nicole Mossman

Founder & CEO, Everthread
Nicole Mossman, founder and CEO of EverThread, a game-changing dynamic visualization platform. EverThread is transforming product visualization for retailers and brands with its platform designed to improve e-commerce consumer engagement, while simultaneously lowering marketing a... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pilotworks Dallas 11830 Webb Chapel Rd #1200, Dallas, TX 75234

11:00am

How To Get Where You're Going: Ultimate Guide to Starting a Travel/Tourism Related Startup
Fireside chat with various individuals who have founded travel/tourism related start ups (apps, blogs, etc.) to discuss how they did it.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Vittorio

Jessica Vittorio

Managing Attorney, The Law Office of Jessica Vittorio
Jessica Vittorio is the Managing Attorney of The Law Office of Jessica Vittorio, a law office focused on providing startups and small business owners with the insight and experience they need to properly grow their business. Jessica focuses on developing client relationships and... Read More →

Tuesday April 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage B Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

12:00pm

Texas-Sized Lunch Session: Uniting Regional Entrepreneurs to become the Most Funded Startup State in the Country
Texas has long been the best place in the country to do business and over the past 10 years we have seen explosive entrepreneurial growth in the key cities across Texas, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Dallas (also known as The Texas Triangle). Texas often ups up in the top 5 states for funding for startups in the country. However, what might happen if we combined forces with entrepreneurs, investors, and entrepreneurial support organizations from across the state and worked together to make each of the individual cities benefit from working together. Come hear from some of the leading entrepreneurial ecosystem builders from these 4 major communities across the state to talk bout the importance of collaboration, support, community, and how to raise money and build successful startups.

Moderators
avatar for Trey Bowles

Trey Bowles

Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC), Dallas Entrepreneur Center
I work at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (aka The DEC). We help entrepreneurs start, grow and build companies. We have a coworking space in The DEC that provides much more than a place to sit but we take a strong interest in helping companies succeed through programming, events... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Baer

Joshua Baer

Founder and Executive Director, PostUp
Austinpreneur I help people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. I type in Dvorak and work at a standing desk.
avatar for David Garcia

David Garcia

CEO, Geekdom
avatar for JR Reale

JR Reale

Co-Founder and CEO, Station Houston


Tuesday April 3, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

1:00pm

Defining Artificial Intelligence in 2018
In this session Mr. Cas Milner, CEO at EaM.ai, will speak (20 Minutes ) to the broad scope of the AI landscape as it is in 2018. This will provide a foundation of the vast amount of data and the means of collection as it relates to modern AI. Sensor Data Collection, Optical Recognition, Machine learning Methods, IOT.

Moderators
avatar for Doug Clark

Doug Clark

Founder & CEO, designVR
As Founder and CEO, I bring significant experience and a proven track record of success as an entrepreneur creating, leading and operating 4 start-up companies to successful exits the last 2 to well known public companies. I have demonstrated the ability to recognize, design and... Read More →

Speakers
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Cas Milner

CEO, EaM.ai


Tuesday April 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The DEC 311 N Market St #200, Dallas, TX 75202

1:00pm

Women Who Lead: Nina Vaca
Nina Vaca is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader. She is best known as the Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group, which was named the Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Business in the United States in 2015. Get to know what inspires her and how she gets shit done in this Women Who Lead session.

Speakers
avatar for Nina Vaca

Nina Vaca

Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle Group


Tuesday April 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

1:00pm

Social Good, the New Consumerism
Social Good is taking the fashion retail industry by storm. However, to be truly good these companys are taking ethics and enviromental sustainability to a whole new level. This panel will be primarily geared towards attendees interested in the fashion retail industry as a means to doing social good. From local vendors to global companies. Socially conscious brands and products are becoming more and more popular.

Moderators
avatar for Nick Marino

Nick Marino

TangoTab
The baristas at a local coffee shops call him Mr. Tango, but that's because he is always talking about TangoTab and what the company is up to. Nick is a social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a lover of life.  People say he is contagiously infected with enthusiasm and passion, because of all of the energy he is. At the end of the day Nick makes it a point to keep his faith first in everything he does. | | Nick was born and raised in Dallas, TX by his parents who are from New York City. Specifically, his mom is from Brooklyn and his dad is from Manhattan. The mix of parents from the northeast and growing up in the south, made for an exciting and interesting childhood. Throughout life, Nick wasn't raised with a silver spoon in his mouth, it was more so a wooden one... but as Nick says, "He was fed well." There were hard times and there were great times, but at the end of the day, his parents instilled in him love, kindness and generosity.  | | Named as a Top Texan Under 30 in 2016, Nick Marino Jr. is focused on making an everlasting impact in his community through the work that he does. Nick is the Director of Social Change... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lucy Dang-Lyon

Lucy Dang-Lyon

Founder, RED iD Agency
Lucy Dang Lyon is the co-owner of Pink Pedi Salon and the unicorn behind Purpose by Pink Pedi who had a vision for a business of care and purpose.  Located in West Dallas, Pink Pedi Salon is the first eco-friendly (LEED certified), non-toxic, fume- and chemical free salon in the... Read More →
avatar for Carter English

Carter English

CMO, Rise Clothing
Carter English has taken an unlikely path to becoming the Chief Marketing Officer at Rise clothing. A native of Dallas, Texas he graduated from Highland Park high school in 2006 and was a member of the state championship team his senior year. He decided to attend Texas Christian... Read More →
avatar for Nikki Koenig

Nikki Koenig

Founder/President, Cykochik Custom-Handbags.com
Nikki Duong Koenig is the Founder/President of Cykochik (ˈsīkō CHik) Custom Handbags, an internationally awarded, cruelty-free vegan handbag company she founded in 2003 while a student at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas.  Upon gra... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth 325 North St. Paul Street #4200, Dallas, TX 75201

1:00pm

A Happy Marriage: Traditional Sports & Esports
A discussion of professional sports teams diving into esports. Dallas Mavericks, FC Dallas, Dallas Stars and eSports influencers. Opening remarks from the Mayor of Frisco.

Moderators
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Brian Dick

Co-Founder, LaunchPad City
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Nahid Giga

Co-Founder, LaunchPad City

Speakers
IA

Isaas Arrington

Director of Esports, FC Dallas
avatar for Chris Chaney

Chris Chaney

CEO, Infinite Esports and Entertainment
With over ten years of success in the global sports and entertainment industry, Chris Chaney’s former work with clients such as Nike, The Coca-Cola Company, and Nitro Circus (among others) positions him well to serve as the head of Infinite Esports & Entertainment.
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Jeff Cheney

Mayor, City of Frisco
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Ann Reeves

GM, Dr. Pepper Arena


Tuesday April 3, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
LaunchPad City Frisco 6170 Research Rd, Frisco, TX 75033

1:30pm

The Next Big Opportunity: Women as Investors and Investments
Sara T Brand and Kerry Rupp, general partners of True Wealth Ventures, will share some powerful statistics regarding women as investors – with their investing characteristics and the influence they have on the markets from investable assets to everyday purchases. They will also share the opportunity to invest in women as business leaders and entrepreneurs – with their leadership characteristics and with the economic blind spot, particularly in their own space of venture capital.

Speakers
avatar for Sara T. Brand

Sara T. Brand

Founding Partner, True Wealth Ventures
Sara is Founding General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in women-led businesses in consumer health and sustainable products and technologies. Throughout her career, Sara has worked with and contributed to some of the top teams in t... Read More →
avatar for Kerry Rupp

Kerry Rupp

General Partner, True Wealth Ventures
Kerry Rupp is a General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, a new early-stage venture | capital fund investing in women-led businesses in the sustainable consumer and | consumer health sectors. In addition, Kerry provides innovation & strategy consulting | through her DisRuppt prac... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Health Wildcatters 1910 Pacific Ave, Ste 20000, Dallas, TX 75201

2:00pm

Tech M&A Exits - How to Prepare and Maximize Valuation
Most technology companies exit through mergers and acquisitions (M&A). To maximize valuation, proper preparation is necessary. This session will cover technology M&A best practices and pitfalls to avoid. Presented by Navidar.

Moderators
avatar for Ricky Tejapaibul

Ricky Tejapaibul

Managing Partner & CEO, Tech Wildcatters
Ricky Tejapaibul is the Managing Partner and CEO of Tech Wildcatters, one of the first 15 startup accelerators in the world and pioneer of the Gauntlet, a milestone-based data-driven accelerator model.  Ricky is an active angel investor, entrepreneur, startup mentor, and has wo... Read More →
avatar for Julia Young

Julia Young

Program Associate, Tech Wildcatters
I am the program associate for Tech Wildcatters, an early stage B2B seed fund and accelerator. You should talk to me if you have a startup and need mentorship, resources, and funding. We also co-host Startup Grind Dallas and are always looking to connect entrepreneur speakers wit... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Day

Stephen Day

Managing Director & Co-Founder, Navidar
Stephen co-founded Navidar, which is an investment banking firm committed to providing superior execution and outstanding results to companies and investors in dynamic industries. In leadership roles in the Global Technology Investment Banking groups at Goldman Sachs and Bear Ste... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The DEC 311 N Market St #200, Dallas, TX 75202

2:00pm

Fireside Chat with Jill Ford: Improving the Quality of Life through AI, Autonomous Mobility, and Robotics

Hear from Jill Ford about Toyota AI Ventures, a venture capital subsidiary of Toyota Research Institute that invests in entrepreneurs from around the world who share its commitment to improving the quality of human life through artificial intelligence, with a focus on autonomous mobility, robotics, data and cloud.

Jill comes to venture capital from her previous role in economic development as the Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the City of Detroit.  She recognizes the importance that enabling technology innovation can play in driving communities forward. An integrative approach between venture capital and economic development can increase access to capital for entrepreneurs and access to valued technology innovations for residents.

Learn how Toyota AI Ventures is discovering and enabling top AI, robotics, and autonomous mobility entrepreneurs and what you can do to innovate in this space.



Moderators
avatar for Clarisa Lindenmeyer

Clarisa Lindenmeyer

Principal, Proximity to Power
President at Proximity to Power // Chief Strategy Officer | Partnerships at Launch DFW

Speakers
avatar for Jill Ford

Jill Ford

Principal, Toyota AI Ventures
Jill Ford is the Principal of Toyota AI Ventures. As the City of Detroit’s Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Jill attracted and grew startups and small businesses in Detroit. She did this by engaging directly with thousands of entrepreneurs throughout the city, observing... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

2:00pm

Real Estate Disrupter: Changing the Game of Real Estate Brokerage
The internet has disintermediated a dozen industries – yellow pages, taxis, travel agents – but somehow, we still sell our house the same way. It’s time to change. Join Alex Doubet as he talks about growing revenue, building a great company culture, and raising venture capital funding in Texas.

Moderators
avatar for Erreka Campbell

Erreka Campbell

Associate, Polsinelli PC
Erreka Campbell, an associate in the Dallas office of Polsinelli PC, is a business-minded real estate attorney who focuses on representing developers, investors, and lenders with their acquisition, disposition, financing, development, and leasing matters. Erreka’s goal is to mi... Read More →

Tuesday April 3, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

3:00pm

Healthcare Funding as Told by the Investor
In this session we’ve assembled a panel to discuss investments in health startups. Each panelist is an expert in the field with either a background in angel investing, venture capital or private equity. By the end of this session you will learn what investors are looking for based upon the stage of your startup. For the first hour we will hear from the investor. In the second hour, feel free to hang out and meet many of the health startups from the Dallas area.

Moderators
avatar for Loren Bolton

Loren Bolton

Health Wildcatters
Loren Bolton is a Dallas/Fort Worth-based public relations professional. His expertise in media relations, strategic planning and digital marketing has aided government organizations, non-profits, commercial real estate companies and transportation. Bolton is a 2012 emerald eagle... Read More →
avatar for Hubert Zajicek

Hubert Zajicek

CEO, Health Wildcatters
Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA, is CEO & Co-founder of Health Wildcatters, a nationally ranked healthcare seed fund & accelerator in Dallas, TX. Health Wildcatters provides mentorship, capital and guidance to healthcare startups. Dr. Zajicek has extensive experience with startups and is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Beard

Joe Beard

Partner, Perot Jain, LP
Joe Beard is currently a Partner at Perot Jain, L.P., an early stage | focused venture capital firm, where he is responsible for managing | existing portfolio assets and deploying capital into new investment | opportunities. | Prior to joining Perot Jain, Joe spent approximately... Read More →
avatar for JR Garcia

JR Garcia

Principal, Green Park & Golf Ventures
Mr. Garcia joined Green Park & Golf Ventures in June 2011. As a Principal of the firm, he is responsible for sourcing and evaluating startup and early-stage investments in the healthcare and technology sectors, performing due diligence, and portfolio company and fund management... Read More →
avatar for Kerry Rupp

Kerry Rupp

General Partner, True Wealth Ventures
Kerry Rupp is a General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, a new early-stage venture | capital fund investing in women-led businesses in the sustainable consumer and | consumer health sectors. In addition, Kerry provides innovation & strategy consulting | through her DisRuppt prac... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Health Wildcatters 1910 Pacific Ave, Ste 20000, Dallas, TX 75201

3:30pm

2018 Social Media Trends: A Comprehensive Overview with a Focus on Video Virality
Social media marketing is often a profitable avenue for fashion/creative businesses, channeling widespread exposure, direct to consumer sales, and a highly engaged following. In this session, attendees will learn the top social media trends for 2018 from a social media marketing expert, followed by a panel discussion featuring top YouTube and Video beauty/fashion bloggers on how to achieve video virality, master content creation, and the affordable tools by which to do so. After dismissal, attendees are encouraged to interact with the social media influencers and bloggers at their respective stations, testing out video products and technology to enhance one's social media influence for 2018. During the interactive portion, attendees will enjoy sips, treats, beats, giveaways, and more!

Moderators
avatar for Leah Frazier

Leah Frazier

Owner, Think Three Media
Leah Frazier is a leading FashionPreneur™ and was recognized as one of Dallas' most successful women for 2015. In addition to this elite recognition, Leah received the “Rising Star” award for fashion blogging by Fashion Group International of Dallas in 2017, and was also no... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Karsner

Jennifer Karsner

Founder & CEO, LINC
Jenn Karsner is the CEO and Founder of LINC, a platform that provides unrestricted access to expert level education for creatives in the beauty industry through live events, online curriculums, interactive webinars, & a community  Known in the industry as... Read More →
avatar for Ken Weber

Ken Weber

Ken Weber owns one of the most prestigious vintage & contemporary fashion resale stores in the country. Ken started his career as a costumer for films, commercials and television. His resume includes working with actors such as Dennis Hopper, Julie Harris, Hal Holbrook, Kathy Bat... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christian Craven

Christian Craven

Founder and Editor, Style-Crave.com
Christian Craven is the founder and editor of Style-Crave.com; A fashion and lifestyle blog based in Dallas, TX that features bold outfit posts, skin care reviews, celebrity interviews and covers major events such as New York Fashion Week. Christian has had the exciting opportuni... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Gawley

Cameron Gawley

Co-Founder & CEO, Buzzshift
Cameron Gawley is CEO and Co-founder of BuzzShift, a digital strategy firm for mid-sized and large brands. He’s most comfortable when challenging the status quo. A serial entrepreneur and growth hacker, he started his first company—a managed IT service called Computeks—at a... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Knowlton

Sarah Knowlton

Co-Founder, WE THE BIRDS
Sisters, Sarah + Natalie Knowlton, are the founders of WE THE BIRDS, alifestyle brand and luxury French macaron bakery. The sisters grew up living allover the world, moving over 17 times and living in many countries including:Singapore, Australia, Venezuela, Cambodia, Thailand, F... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Knowlton

Natalie Knowlton

Co-Founder, WE THE BIRDS
Sisters, Sarah + Natalie Knowlton, are the founders of WE THE BIRDS, alifestyle brand and luxury French macaron bakery. The sisters grew up living allover the world, moving over 17 times and living in many countries including:Singapore, Australia, Venezuela, Cambodia, Thailand, F... Read More →
avatar for Dani Rios

Dani Rios

Dani Rios is a beauty and lifestyle content creator that was born in Mexico City, and now resides in Dallas. She creates content for her own blog LittleMixico.com as well as content for other local businesses. She also has a big passion for food and has shown that in her food acc... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
GoodWork 1808 S Good Latimer Expy, Dallas, TX 75226

4:00pm

Indie Game Dev Studio Founders
This session will feature a panel discussion with Nick Culbertson and Amir Rajan founders of local independent game development studios (each with their own top ranked iOS games) moderated by Chirag Gupta and Courtney Garza. Hosted in partnership with the Dallas Society of Play and NoD Coworking.

Moderators
avatar for Kedreon Cole

Kedreon Cole

LaunchPad City
avatar for Courtney Garza

Courtney Garza

As a graduate from the University of North Texas highly accredited Mayborn School of Journalism, Courtney constantly seeks knowledge, creativity, innovation, and uniqueness. Her passion for all visual and liberal arts constantly serves as a driving force to success. As a writer... Read More →
avatar for Chirag Gupta

Chirag Gupta

CEO, NoD Coworking
Chirag is the co-captain of the Dallas Startup Week Gaming Track this year. He is the Founder of NoD Coworking and runs the Code Collective meetup group in Dallas. He has served on the boards of the Texas Freelance Association and the Northwestern University Alumni Club of DFW. H... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nick Culbertson

Nick Culbertson

@MobyPixel
Nick is the Founder of Moby Pixel, an indie game & mobile app studio specializing in music related content. He hosts the Game Dev Deconstructed podcast recorded at NoD Coworking where he interviews guests exploring the gamedev process. Nick has released over 100 mobile apps for i... Read More →
avatar for Chirag Gupta

Chirag Gupta

CEO, NoD Coworking
Chirag is the co-captain of the Dallas Startup Week Gaming Track this year. He is the Founder of NoD Coworking and runs the Code Collective meetup group in Dallas. He has served on the boards of the Texas Freelance Association and the Northwestern University Alumni Club of DFW. H... Read More →
avatar for Dallas Society of Play

Dallas Society of Play

Dallas Society of Play
The Dallas Society of Play is a collective of indie game developers in North Texas. Follow them on Twitter at @societyofplay.
avatar for Amir Rajan

Amir Rajan

Amir Rajan is a pretty decent dev and is constantly trying to improve in his craft. He’s a jack of all trades, being comfortable with a number of platforms and languages. His claim to fame is A Dark Room Mobile. This RPG (role-playing game) conquered the world and took the #1 s... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
NōD Coworking 17290 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

4:00pm

Fragmentation and Fermentation: An Introduction to Booze from Craft Brewers and Distillers
Join us as we put a twist on a happy hour! Grab a drink and listen as Four Corners Brewing Co, Ironroot Republic Distillery, and Katy Trail Vodka founders give us a casual look into the world of a craft brewer and distiller. We'll cover everything from founding stories, growing your brand, the power of persistence, and competing in an industry that is fragmenting vs consolidating. Afterwards stay for the Ross Tower Base Camp happy hour, chat with the founders, and sample their product!

Moderators
avatar for Kristin Leiber

Kristin Leiber

Founder, The L3 Hostel
Kristin Leiber is thrilled to serve Dallas Startup Week for her second year, this time as the Hospitality Track Co-Captain and a member of the DSW18 Planning Committee for Special Events! As a CPA with a background in accounting/finance but with a heart for people, Kristin now s... Read More →
avatar for Meagan Moakes

Meagan Moakes

Director of Community Development, REVTECH
Meagan Moakes has worked in Community Development within the startup community for almost four years. Attending the University of Texas at Dallas, she received her BA in Psychology and Criminology. After several years at IBM, she decided to make the jump from the corporate world... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Danny Chibli

Danny Chibli

Co-founder, Katy Trail Vodka
avatar for George Esquivel

George Esquivel

Co-Founder, Four Corners Brewing Co.
A native of Dallas and proud Tejano, George is the co-Founder and marketing force behind Four Corners Brewing Company. Prior to entrepreneurship, George built his marketing career in Brand Management and Business Development roles with top global food companies. Beyond classic... Read More →
avatar for Robert Likarish

Robert Likarish

Co-Founder, Ironroot Republic Distilling


Tuesday April 3, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

4:00pm

Activating Youth for Social Change and Entrepreneurship
Youth voice is powerful. When youth are equipped and empowered to act on their ideas, they make the impossible possible. Join us to hear directly from youth who are agents of change in their local Dallas communities as well as adult leaders who are tirelessly championing and elevating youth voice.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Odis

Terry Odis

Executive Director, Dallas Youth Poets
T. Odis is a poet from Dallas, TX by way of Chicago, IL. He began using poetry as a means of catharsis, and has since embraced his unique writing, performance, teaching and corporate experience to entertain, inform and organize events nationwide. He is a graduate of Hampton Unive... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Smart

Lauren Smart

Storytellers Without Borders
Lauren Smart is a journalist and critic. She is a professor of practice at Southern Methodist University and the faculty adviser to the SMU Daily Campus. Her work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Arts + Culture Texas, CultureMap Dallas, Where Traveler, Cowboys & Indians... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Wild Detectives 314 West 8th Street, Dallas 75208

5:00pm

DSW18 Base Camp Happy Hour
Join us at Base Camp in Ross Tower for our daily cross-track happy hour! 

Alcohol sponsored by Katy Trail Vodka, Ironroot Republic, 4 Corners Brewing, Austin Eastciders, Santa Margherita Wine, 903 Brewing, and Deep Ellum Brewing.  Non-alcoholic beverages sponsored by High Brew Coffee and Hint Water. 

Tuesday April 3, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Floor 43 500 N. Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75201

5:30pm

DSW18 Edition: Dallas New Tech featuring Darren Woodson, Founder of CounterFind and Moderator, Frank Gruber
Hosted by Jason Croft, this event kicks off with a networking happy hour starting at 5:30, followed by the main event: a fireside chat featuring Darren Woodson, Founder of CounterFind at 6:30. This is followed by 4 pitches from local startups which will kick off at 7:30. Come join us and grab tickets here! http://launchdfw.com/events/dallas-new-tech/

Moderators
avatar for Jason Croft

Jason Croft

Owner, CROFT MEDIA
Jason Croft is a media strategist with a specialty in corporate podcast creation and video marketing. | | With his company, Croft Media, he creates B2B Sales Funnel Podcasts for clients and Authority Interview Videos for consultants and other solo-preneurs. | | The former VP... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Frank Gruber

Frank Gruber

Co-Founder, Tech.Co
Frank Gruber grew up in the Midwest heartland and is an entrepreneur, new media journalist, startup advisor, public speaker, and angel investor. He is the author of Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide To Building, Growing and Celebrating Startup Success published by Wiley... Read More →
avatar for Darren Woodson

Darren Woodson

CEO, CounterFind
Three-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Darren Woodson,joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2005. He appears on NFL Live and SportsCenter, aswell as other ESPN platforms throughout the year. When he’s not on-air, Darren’sprimary focus is playing the role... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201
 
Wednesday, April 4
 

9:00am

1 Million Cups - Dallas
For more informaiton & to learn who's pitching, visit: https://www.1millioncups.com/dallas

Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
The DEC 311 N Market St #200, Dallas, TX 75202

9:00am

1 Million Cups - Fort Worth
For more information & to see who's pitching, vsiit: https://www.1millioncups.com/fw

Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Ensemble Coworking 1617 Park Pl Ave Suite 110, Fort Worth, TX 76110

9:00am

1 Million Cups - Frisco *Gaming Focused
Discussion regarding the role of traditional and new media in esports. Learn what are influencers and how the impact user adoption.

For more information and to see who is pitching, go to https://www.1millioncups.com/frisco

Moderators
avatar for Kedreon Cole

Kedreon Cole

LaunchPad City
avatar for Chirag Gupta

Chirag Gupta

CEO, NoD Coworking
Chirag is the co-captain of the Dallas Startup Week Gaming Track this year. He is the Founder of NoD Coworking and runs the Code Collective meetup group in Dallas. He has served on the boards of the Texas Freelance Association and the Northwestern University Alumni Club of DFW. H... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
LaunchPad City Frisco 6170 Research Rd, Frisco, TX 75033

9:00am

Women Who Lead: Valerie Freeman
Valerie Freeman, CEO, Imprimis Group is a tough S.O.B. She started her company in the 1980s, where the term "Women-owned" actually hindered rather than helped and the notion of a #MeToo movement was laughable... Through securing her first bank loan, where the officer wouldn't even acknowledge her, to now having 5+ companies under the parent company of Imprimis, Valerie knows a thing or two about being a female entrepreneur. Heck, Valerie knows a thing or two about being an entrepreneur with odds stacked against her! Come hear from this incredible CEO, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and all around badass. You're guaranteed to leave with something - be it inspiration, food for thought, or perhaps rage? You won't want to miss this fireside moderated by, equally badass, Danielle Abril, Managing Editor, D CEO magazine.

Moderators
avatar for Danielle Abril

Danielle Abril

D CEO Magazine
Danielle Abril is the managing editor at D CEO, D Magazine’s business publication. There, she is responsible for overseeing the production of the magazine and technology and startup coverage. She has covered the DFW technology community for the last four years. Prior to D C... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Freeman

Valerie Freeman

Founder and CEO, Imprimis Group
Valerie Freeman is the founder and CEO of Dallas-based Imprimis Group, Inc. a leading supplier of staffing, search, human resource and outsourcing services.  The companies include Imprimis Staffing and Search, BravoTech, FreemanLeonard, Human Capital Solutions and Third Party Pa... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Conference Center at MacArthur Center I 5601 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75038

9:00am

Fashion and the Law: Legal Basics for Your Fashion Business
In this session, attendees will learn the top legal issues facing the fashion and creative industries. From copyrights and trademarks, debt disputes, contracts, and more -- attendees will leave the workshop more informed on the issues and the necessary processes on how to obtain relief.

Moderators
avatar for Leah Frazier

Leah Frazier

Owner, Think Three Media
Leah Frazier is a leading FashionPreneur™ and was recognized as one of Dallas' most successful women for 2015. In addition to this elite recognition, Leah received the “Rising Star” award for fashion blogging by Fashion Group International of Dallas in 2017, and was also no... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Karsner

Jennifer Karsner

Founder & CEO, LINC
Jenn Karsner is the CEO and Founder of LINC, a platform that provides unrestricted access to expert level education for creatives in the beauty industry through live events, online curriculums, interactive webinars, & a community  Known in the industry as... Read More →
avatar for Ken Weber

Ken Weber

Ken Weber owns one of the most prestigious vintage & contemporary fashion resale stores in the country. Ken started his career as a costumer for films, commercials and television. His resume includes working with actors such as Dennis Hopper, Julie Harris, Hal Holbrook, Kathy Bat... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sammetria Goodson

Sammetria Goodson

Attorney, Maddrey PLLC
Sammetria Goodson is a Dallas-based Attorney who represents artists, influencers, designers, artpreneurs, entrepreneurs, organizations, and creative people changing the world. Sammetria graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law, located in Philadelphia, PA. In law s... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany Johnson

Attorney, Klemchuk LLP
Tiffany Johnson is an intellectual property attorney at Klemchuk LLP in Dallas,TX, a “startup-friendly” intellectual property, technology, and business law firm. She focuses primarily on patent prosecution and strategic patent portfolio management for small business and larg... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
WeWork - Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
Our local colleges, universities, and workforce solutions are incubators of innovation and catalysts for change in our community. Panelists who are leading the charge for postsecondary entrepreneurship will share the stories of their work and also discuss the evolving role for their institutions in the innovation and entrepreneurship space. 

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Chambers

Bryan Chambers

Director, UTD Blackstone Launchpad
Mr. Chambers is a business development and investment professional with experience in portfolio management and venture capital transactions. Bryan is the Director of Blackstone’s Launchpad for the University of Texas at Dallas where he advises student entrepreneurs and early st... Read More →
avatar for Isaura Flores-Breeze

Isaura Flores-Breeze

Professor, UNT at Dallas School of Business
Dr. Isaura B Flores-Breeze earned a Ph.D. from University of Houston - ITESM.  She is an associate professor of entrepreneurship at the University of North Texas at Dallas.  She teaches Managerial Strategy and Policy, Entrepreneurship, and International Management. She has bee... Read More →
avatar for Matt Hopkins

Matt Hopkins

Campus Director, DevMountain
Matt Hopkins began his career in Silicon Valley, where he worked with startups and entrepreneurs to tell their stories to the media. After a few years working in public relations, he was hired to help open the Dallas campus for DevMountain, where he serves as the Campus Director... Read More →
MW

Michelle Williams

Executive Director of the Southern Region, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center


Wednesday April 4, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
UNT Dallas, Bldg 1, Room 102 7300 University Hills Blvd., Dallas, TX 75241

10:00am

Blockchain 101? Who, What, When, & Where?
This session will cover the essentials of Blockchain. Emerging technologies raise many questions about their impact, and our expert panel will be here to answer them!

**None of the information about blockchains is meant as investment advice, so please don't buy or sell based on any information heard or learned from these sessions.

Moderators
avatar for Timmoneshia Clark

Timmoneshia Clark

Samsung
Neshia Clark is one of the founding members of Samsung Electronics America’s Immersive Products team, covering Gear VR powered by Oculus, Gear 360 and Samsung VR.  She also supports the Product Wearables, Tabs, PC and Aps team. Samsung & Oculus have been working together and w... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cody Marx Bailey

Cody Marx Bailey

CEO, XRAM Capital
Cody has spent his career seeking organizational problems to which he can apply his unorthodox perspective and create efficiencies. Leveraging technology and his ability to write software, he has worked with companies such as AdventGX, Texas A&M, and Dell. As an early adopter of... Read More →
avatar for Cijoy Olickal

Cijoy Olickal

Cijoy Olickal, has 25 years of experience in Management Consulting, Information Technology, and Global Operations  Cijoy has transformed processes and systems for the Global 100 while serving in senior leadership roles for PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, HP, SAP, Infosys, and Brink... Read More →
avatar for Lacey Shrum

Lacey Shrum

Lacey Shrum is an attorney, securities compliance consultant, entrepreneur, and blockchain enthusiast. After serving as CCO at a large RIA, Lacey began the journey to technology through her startup, The Loyal Closet, learned to code and was introduced to the North Texas Blockchai... Read More →
avatar for Alex Treece

Alex Treece

Co-Founder, PixelHash
Alex Treece is the co-founder of PixelHash, an Ethereum-based digital asset marketplace focused on the video game industry. Outside of PixelHash, Alex serves as the Director of the Professional Program in Finance (PPF) at University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), which focuses on deve... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

Relentless Focus on Your Audience: A Healthcare Startup PR and Marketing Primer
In this session, leading industry experts will share how health tech entrepreneurs and startups can strategize, roll out tacts and maximize ROI with smart marketing and PR activities. As the industry continues to become more competitive, our intent is to provide entrepreneurs the insights and best practices to harness the power of PR and marketing themselves without hiring an agency.

Moderators
avatar for Loren Bolton

Loren Bolton

Health Wildcatters
Loren Bolton is a Dallas/Fort Worth-based public relations professional. His expertise in media relations, strategic planning and digital marketing has aided government organizations, non-profits, commercial real estate companies and transportation. Bolton is a 2012 emerald eagle... Read More →
avatar for Hubert Zajicek

Hubert Zajicek

CEO, Health Wildcatters
Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA, is CEO & Co-founder of Health Wildcatters, a nationally ranked healthcare seed fund & accelerator in Dallas, TX. Health Wildcatters provides mentorship, capital and guidance to healthcare startups. Dr. Zajicek has extensive experience with startups and is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jon Stone

Jon Stone

Managing Account Supervisor, Ketchum
Jon Stone is a seasoned public relations professional who has led teams across sectors including medical devices, biotechnology, genetic testing, payers and providers and B2B enterprise technology. He has in-depth experience guiding communications programs that drive earned media... Read More →
avatar for Jack Vance

Jack Vance

VP and Director of Analytics, Ketchum
When it comes to the numbers, Jack is a natural. He has the math degrees from Appalachian State University and North Carolina State University to prove it. He also has developed quite the knack for analyzing data sets with a specific focus on campaign optimization and real-time p... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Health Wildcatters 1910 Pacific Ave, Ste 20000, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

Hospitality Keynote: A Female Founder's Hard-Hitting Approach to a Sweet Guest Experience
Join us as Yasmeen Tadia, founder of Make Your Life Sweeter brands, shares her perspective on the crafting of an indulgent guest experience. Along with moderator and Pathways to Success podcast creator Julian Placino, we'll take a deep dive into Yasmeen's founding story, her strategies for creating international hospitality, and a closer look at the millennial desire for all things experiential.

Moderators
avatar for Kristin Leiber

Kristin Leiber

Founder, The L3 Hostel
Kristin Leiber is thrilled to serve Dallas Startup Week for her second year, this time as the Hospitality Track Co-Captain and a member of the DSW18 Planning Committee for Special Events! As a CPA with a background in accounting/finance but with a heart for people, Kristin now s... Read More →
avatar for Meagan Moakes

Meagan Moakes

Director of Community Development, REVTECH
Meagan Moakes has worked in Community Development within the startup community for almost four years. Attending the University of Texas at Dallas, she received her BA in Psychology and Criminology. After several years at IBM, she decided to make the jump from the corporate world... Read More →
avatar for Julian Placino

Julian Placino

Founder, Pathways to Success Podcast
Julian Placino is a Recruiting Professional with 11 years of experience in agency and corporate staffing. He’s beeninstrumental in advancing the careers of hundreds of technology, creative and sales professionals around the country.Today, he leads talent acquisition for Bottle... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Yasmeen Tadia

Yasmeen Tadia

CEO & Founder, Make Your Life Sweeter® Brands
Make Your Life Sweeter® founder Yasmeen Tadia traded her 10-year career in corporate America as a Director of Human Resources to transform standard-issue, carnival cotton candy, popcorn, and chocolate into handcrafted, gourmet indulgences. Her signature line of sweet | sensati... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

#DSW18 Startup Expo (all week!)
Join us on Floor 14 to connect with local startups, community partners, and service providers who are on hand to help & share! Drop by to learn and chat with:
  • Red Bull Launch Institute - Just Drive by Neha Husein 
  • Red Bull Launch Institute - Cthrough by Elaine Wang
  • Hospitality Startup ROOM - Chirayu Patel
  • Eastfield College
  • Health Markets (Health Care Broker)
  • The Profit Experts

Wednesday April 4, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Floor 14 500 N. Akard St. Dallas, TX 75201

11:00am

How to Make Corporations Your Customers - The CIO Panel
Corporate CIOs (whether they're Chief Information Officers or Chief Innovation Officers) are trying to figure out how to more effectively innovate within their companies. But, what does this mean? What does the future really look like for CIOs and the corporatorations they serve? And, most importantnly, how can entrepreneurs and startups be a resource for these corporations?  

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Schnick

Jeff Schnick

Editor-in-Chief, Dallas Business Journal

Speakers
avatar for Jason Illian

Jason Illian

Managing Director, Koch Disruptive Technology
avatar for Sherif Mityas

Sherif Mityas

Sherif Mityas is the Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Information Officer for TGI FRIDAYS responsible for the Brand’s global Strategy, Digital and Technology efforts. Mr. Mityas has more than 20 years’ experience in the retail and hospitality industries in both senior consultin... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

11:00am

How Lyft is Driving Mobile Marketing In 2018
The message is clear: Go mobile or go home. Here are top mobile marketing trends Lyft is leading in 2018 and reasons you should care.

Moderators
avatar for Harrison Blum

Harrison Blum

Vice President, Social Revolt
Harrison Blum is an accomplished marketing consultant and strategist. He began his career in the music industry, managing marketing and communications for entertainment giants Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Live. In 2012, at the age of 27, Harrison opened his first creative ad... Read More →
avatar for Amber England

Amber England

Account Manager, Social Revolt
A creative enthusiast with over four years of experience in brand management; helping enhance the growth of various companies utilizing online content, especially e-commerce across all social platforms while adding to my account management experience. My excellent communication s... Read More →
avatar for Marty Martinez

Marty Martinez

Founder and CEO, Social Revolt Agency

Speakers
avatar for Yohan Bobcombe

Yohan Bobcombe

Market Manager for DFW, Lyft Inc
Yohan Bobcombe recently joined Lyft as the Market Manager for Dallas-Fort Worth region, charged with leading the growth and operations of all rideshare activity in the DFW area. Yohan joins Lyft with nearly a decade of experience in leadership and growth operations in companies l... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seredipity Labs Dallas Hall Arts 2323 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

11:00am

IoT: Fireside Chat with Jim Williamson
The audience will get to learn from a CTO \ CEO who has founded a successful IoT company and get to learn what it would take to grow in a currently competative market. There will be a brief chat and then a Q&A for the audience to get some of their own questions answered. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jim Williamson

Jim Williamson

Jim is the co-founder of Capstone Metering. Capstone Metering is leading the way with connected water meters for municipalities. Stocked with sensors the Capstone Meter and platform services allow for more than just controlling water flow but finding out how the entire water syst... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

11:30am

Startup Grind Fireside Chat with Joshua Baer, Founder of Capital Factory
Startup Grind Dallas welcomes Joshua Baer, Founder and Executive Director of Capital Factory, for a fireside chat discussing his entrepreneurial journey. Startup Grind is a global network of local chapters each hosting monthly fireside chats and startup community parties. Lee Blaylock, serial entrepreneur and Founder of Find a Game and WhoAt, hosts Startup Grind Dallas and moderates questions from the audience. This event features complimentary lunch provided by WeWork!

Moderators
avatar for Ricky Tejapaibul

Ricky Tejapaibul

Managing Partner & CEO, Tech Wildcatters
Ricky Tejapaibul is the Managing Partner and CEO of Tech Wildcatters, one of the first 15 startup accelerators in the world and pioneer of the Gauntlet, a milestone-based data-driven accelerator model.  Ricky is an active angel investor, entrepreneur, startup mentor, and has wo... Read More →
avatar for Julia Young

Julia Young

Program Associate, Tech Wildcatters
I am the program associate for Tech Wildcatters, an early stage B2B seed fund and accelerator. You should talk to me if you have a startup and need mentorship, resources, and funding. We also co-host Startup Grind Dallas and are always looking to connect entrepreneur speakers wit... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Baer

Joshua Baer

Founder and Executive Director, PostUp
Austinpreneur I help people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. I type in Dvorak and work at a standing desk.


Wednesday April 4, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
WeWork - Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201

12:30pm

Meet the Trademark Experts
The USPTO Texas Regional Office will be hosting an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia. The Trademark Assistance Center will provide general information about the trademark registration process, including the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) and the Identification of Goods and Services Manual. During this virtual meeting, participants will be able to ask questions through our video teleconferencing capability.

Speakers
avatar for Dora Best

Dora Best

Supervisory Trademark Information Specialist, USPTO
Dora Best is a Supervisory Trademark Information Specialist with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Best started her career at the USPTO in 1991. As the Manager for the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC), Ms. Best leads a staff of highly experienced Trademark Infor... Read More →
avatar for Renee Servance

Renee Servance

Supervisory Senior Attorney, USPTO
Renee Servance is a Supervisory Senior Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She joined the Trademarks Office as an Attorney Advisor in 2006. As an Attorney Advisor, Ms. Servance handled applications for federal trademark registration, where she made legal... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
USPTO Texas Regional Office 207 S. Houston St., Dallas TX 75202

1:00pm

Fireside Chat with Jim Keyes, former CEO of 7-Eleven and Blockbuster
What is it like to run not only one but two F500 companies? Jim Keyes opens up in this fireside chat about his humble beginnings, his career, and the good, bad and ugly – or maybe just funny – about his time at both 7-Eleven and Blockbuster. This fireside will leave you inspired and motivated as you get an exclusive look into the life of a F500 CEO.

Moderators
avatar for Danielle Abril

Danielle Abril

D CEO Magazine
Danielle Abril is the managing editor at D CEO, D Magazine’s business publication. There, she is responsible for overseeing the production of the magazine and technology and startup coverage. She has covered the DFW technology community for the last four years. Prior to D C... Read More →

Speakers

Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

1:30pm

From Virtual Reality to Bloggers: The Dynamic Spectrum of Travel/Tourism Marketing
Panel discussion on varying types of travel and tourism marketing, and the benefits/disadvantages of each. This session will address emerging technology in the industry (AR/VR, etc.), as well as influencer marketing.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Vittorio

Jessica Vittorio

Managing Attorney, The Law Office of Jessica Vittorio
Jessica Vittorio is the Managing Attorney of The Law Office of Jessica Vittorio, a law office focused on providing startups and small business owners with the insight and experience they need to properly grow their business. Jessica focuses on developing client relationships and... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Industrious Dallas 1722 Routh St Suite 900, Dallas, TX 75201

2:00pm

The Credit Conundrum: Learn it, Understand it, Build it
This information packed workshop will review financing options available to business owners and provide valuable insights into the process for obtaining credit. The session will provide an overview of different credit options including SBA loans and what lenders review when evaluating an application for credit. The workshop will be led by a local SBA expert. Learn and discover what credit products may be the most appropriate for your business.

Speakers
avatar for Dionne Cooper

Dionne Cooper

Vice-President and Specialty Finance Consultant, JP Morgan Chase
Dionne Cooper is a Vice-President and Specialty Finance Consultant for the Business Banking Specialty Finance Group at JP Morgan Chase Bank. She supports Relationship Managers in Tarrant County Texas by helping clients secure financing using SBA and Chase Bank loan programs and p... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

2:00pm

Meet the Patent Experts
The USPTO Texas Regional Office will provide a live presentation on key aspects of the types of intellectual property and available USPTO resources. This program will provide general information on what is a patent, why one should consider filing, the benefits of patent protection and the requirements to obtain. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during and after the session.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Choi

Peter Choi

Resource Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO
Peter H. Choi is a Resource Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE) at the Texas Regional Office of the USPTO. Peter graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. He joined the USPTO in 2004 where he examined... Read More →
avatar for Richard Isla-Rodas

Richard Isla-Rodas

USPTO
A native of Peru, Richard (Ricardo) Isla-Rodas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2005. He joined the USPTO in July 2005 as patent examiner in Class 324 examining applications related to the measuring, testing (or sensing) of ele... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
USPTO Texas Regional Office 207 S. Houston St., Dallas TX 75202

2:00pm

Momentum: Five Principles for Growing Your Business in the Digital Age
Whether you’re a startup, a growing small business or part of a big brand, today’s digital landscape is constantly changing, and news travels at the speed of a tweet. There is a cacophony of platforms, messages and choices, making it difficult to integrate your marketing efforts and produce results. How can you create the momentum necessary to stand out and compete in today’s noisy marketplace?

In this presentation, you’ll learn the five principles you need to thrive in the Digital Age and how to consistently market and grow your organization in the face of unrelenting change.

• Generate more ROI from your current marketing and integrate the 5 Momentum principles into your marketing plan
• Evaluate your content strategy approach – and whether other strategies may be a better fit for your brand
• Decode digital data points to successfully attract more customers and reach a wider audience

Speakers
avatar for Shama Hyder

Shama Hyder

Shama Hyder is a visionary strategist for the digital age, a web and TV personality, a bestselling author, and the award-winning CEO of The Marketing Zen Group – a global online marketing and digital PR company. She has aptly been dubbed the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Ent... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

3:00pm

Real Estate Disrupter: Changing the Game for Real Estate Development
DETATE is Dallas’ first and only premium real estate builder focused exclusively on modern homes. Innovation is the hinge upon which the door of DETATE swings – in every portion of our business: design, sales, marketing and construction platforms

Moderators
avatar for Erreka Campbell

Erreka Campbell

Associate, Polsinelli PC
Erreka Campbell, an associate in the Dallas office of Polsinelli PC, is a business-minded real estate attorney who focuses on representing developers, investors, and lenders with their acquisition, disposition, financing, development, and leasing matters. Erreka’s goal is to mi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Edwin Tatum

Edwin Tatum

Founder & CEO, Detate Property Group
Edwin Tatum is the Founder & CEO of Detate Property Group, a premium real estate developer and builder focused on creating modern, residential and mixed-use homes. In 2015 Tatum pivoted Detate’s model with the vision of offering authentic modern homes in the Dallas market. Wit... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

3:00pm

Emerging at Samsung
Experiential event displaying a selection of Samsung's latest products!

Moderators
avatar for Timmoneshia Clark

Timmoneshia Clark

Samsung
Neshia Clark is one of the founding members of Samsung Electronics America’s Immersive Products team, covering Gear VR powered by Oculus, Gear 360 and Samsung VR.  She also supports the Product Wearables, Tabs, PC and Aps team. Samsung & Oculus have been working together and w... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Chase Basecamp - Exhibition Space 500 N. Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75201

3:00pm

Human-Centered Design: A New Way to Problem-Solve for Good
Human-Centered Design (HCD) is a fresh and creative approach to solving stubborn problems of any size or complexity. Come for an experiential crash-course in HCD that will totally change how you look at and solve challenges you face at work, at home, and in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Krummeck

Katie Krummeck

Director of SMU Maker Education Project, SMU - Lyle School of Engineering
Katie is the director of the SMU Maker Education Project at the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU. Previously at SMU, she directed the Deason Innovation Gym, the Lyle School's makerspace. | | Before directing the Deason Innovation Gym, Katie was most recently working to bring de... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
GoodWork 1808 S Good Latimer Expy, Dallas, TX 75226

4:00pm

Launching and Scaling Healthcare Startups
Healthcare innovation is accelerating due to industry and patient demand for improved quality, access and costs. Listen to 4 innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists discuss the unmet market opportunities they saw that encouraged them to leave great jobs to launch their vision. Learn how they took their ideas and scaled them into disruptive enterprises.

Moderators
avatar for Loren Bolton

Loren Bolton

Health Wildcatters
Loren Bolton is a Dallas/Fort Worth-based public relations professional. His expertise in media relations, strategic planning and digital marketing has aided government organizations, non-profits, commercial real estate companies and transportation. Bolton is a 2012 emerald eagle... Read More →
avatar for Hunter Howard

Hunter Howard

Founder & President, Hormone Therapeutics
Has founded three successful HealthTech companies, following Fortune 100 experience, focusing on using technology to improve care access and quality while reducing costs. He built a 900 member medical billing company he sold to a PE firm and now has a national telemedicine platf... Read More →
avatar for Hubert Zajicek

Hubert Zajicek

CEO, Health Wildcatters
Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA, is CEO & Co-founder of Health Wildcatters, a nationally ranked healthcare seed fund & accelerator in Dallas, TX. Health Wildcatters provides mentorship, capital and guidance to healthcare startups. Dr. Zajicek has extensive experience with startups and is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jean Anne Booth

Jean Anne Booth

Founder, UnaliWear
A serial entrepreneur, Jean Anne started UnaliWear for her mother after selling previous startups to Texas Instruments and Apple.Jean Anne was the founder of Luminary Micro, the creators of the Stellaris microcontroller platform and the first to market with ARM Cortex-M3-based mi... Read More →
avatar for Mel Gunawardena

Mel Gunawardena

Founder & CEO, Synergen
Mel has founded four HealthTech companies focusing and a distinguished career in telecom and international business. He has built two large Revenue Cycle management companies headquartered in Dallas with operational teams in Sri Lanka. He also has a technology labs company and... Read More →
avatar for Steve Mooney

Steve Mooney

CEO, Conifer Health Solutions
In 2008 Steve led the team to spin Conifer out of the Tenet Healthcare system back-office as a separate company he has led ever since. Conifer Health Solutions is a healthcare services company partnering with more than 800 clients to strengthen their financial and clinical perfor... Read More →
avatar for William Short

William Short

CEO, Acressa & Ameriflex
William is the CEO and owner of Ameriflex, founded Accresa in 2015 and wrote 127 Grains that highlights the truths behind healthcare delivery in the US and worldwide. Accresa’s innovative payments platform connects physicians, patients, and employers to enable seamless deliver... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Health Wildcatters 1910 Pacific Ave, Ste 20000, Dallas, TX 75201

5:00pm

DSW18 Base Camp Happy Hour
Join us at Base Camp in Ross Tower for our daily cross-track happy hour! 

Alcohol sponsored by Katy Trail Vodka, Austin Eastciders, Santa Margherita Wine, 903 Brewing, and Deep Ellum Brewing.  Non-alcoholic beverages sponsored by High Brew Coffee and Hint Water. 

Wednesday April 4, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Floor 43 500 N. Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75201

6:00pm

State of Entrepreneurship
Every year there is one night where the entire DFW community is invited to celebrate the funding, exits, launches, and overall wins of the entrepreneurial community. This night, also known as the State of Entrepreneurship has become an essential night in the year for celebrating the growth and success of the entrepreneurial community in DFW over the last year. This event is open to everyone that would like to come and learn more about entrepreneurship in North Texas and will promise to be a night of celebration, fun, a little bit of irreverence and a pretty killer party. This is the Superbowl for North Texas startups and everyone that attends in sure to leave with a renewed sense of pride and support for entrepreneurs and the companies that they are building. DFW has long been known as the greatest place in the country to have a business and now we want you to come see why it is the number one region in the country to START a business.

There will be drinks, food, a great experience and a stellar presentation that celebrates the valiant, courageous and heroic work of entrepreneurs throughout this region.
We hope you won't miss the biggest night of the year for entrepreneurship in North Texas.

WARNING: If you are not interested in getting a little rowdy and cheering and hollering for the greatest entrepreneurs and community in the country... This event is not for you.

For tickets & more info, please visit: http://www.dallasstartupweek.com/state-of-entrepreneurship.html

Wednesday April 4, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Majestic Theatre 1925 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201
 
Thursday, April 5
 

7:30am

Pulse Breakfast: The Use of Blockchain Technology in Healthcare
You’ve likely heard the term blockchain technology, especially in discussions around cryptocurrency. However, blockchain is rapidly building a strong case for its use in healthcare to protect patient data. In this session our experts will share what exactly blockchain is and how it is being applied in healthcare currently and the future applications of blockchain technology. Bagels and coffee will be served at 7:30 a.m. and the session will begin promptly at 8 a.m.

Moderators
avatar for Loren Bolton

Loren Bolton

Health Wildcatters
Loren Bolton is a Dallas/Fort Worth-based public relations professional. His expertise in media relations, strategic planning and digital marketing has aided government organizations, non-profits, commercial real estate companies and transportation. Bolton is a 2012 emerald eagle... Read More →
avatar for Hubert Zajicek

Hubert Zajicek

CEO, Health Wildcatters
Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA, is CEO & Co-founder of Health Wildcatters, a nationally ranked healthcare seed fund & accelerator in Dallas, TX. Health Wildcatters provides mentorship, capital and guidance to healthcare startups. Dr. Zajicek has extensive experience with startups and is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jon Clark

Jon Clark

IT Principal, Cigna
Jon Clark is an IT Principal with Cigna who works on Innovation R&D projects. Over the last couple of years he has spent significant time in hands-on research regarding the use of Blockchain in the healthcare segment. | | Jon has a passion for getting people to think differentl... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Health Wildcatters 1910 Pacific Ave, Ste 20000, Dallas, TX 75201

9:30am

SEO is a Hoax: Why Search Ranking isn’t the Priority of a Startup
Search engine optimization is considered the best way to get free website traffic and build your new business on a limited budget. But for startups, the quest for this digital Holy Grail can be a brutal, time-intensive, and expensive journey that never really pays off. In this educational session, Brice uncovers the traps of traditional SEO methods and blogging that he has experienced with his own startups and will teach you some unconventional methods to use great content to get more customers quickly!

Moderators
avatar for Harrison Blum

Harrison Blum

Vice President, Social Revolt
Harrison Blum is an accomplished marketing consultant and strategist. He began his career in the music industry, managing marketing and communications for entertainment giants Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Live. In 2012, at the age of 27, Harrison opened his first creative ad... Read More →
avatar for Amber England

Amber England

Account Manager, Social Revolt
A creative enthusiast with over four years of experience in brand management; helping enhance the growth of various companies utilizing online content, especially e-commerce across all social platforms while adding to my account management experience. My excellent communication s... Read More →
avatar for Marty Martinez

Marty Martinez

Founder and CEO, Social Revolt Agency

Speakers
avatar for Brice McBeth

Brice McBeth

Founder & CEO, Reap Marketing
Brice McBeth is the founder of Reap Marketing, the only digital marketing agency that hired itself to build an e-commerce business and optimize its own conversions by over 950% on its way to creating a multi-million dollar store that disrupted the salon equipment industry... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

9:30am

Building the Applications of Tomorrow Using Simplified Devices
IoT is not just about using high-tech gear or high-tech and expensive equipment to develop cutting edge applications or hardware. The beauty of the information age is that relatively complex and very useful applications can also be developed using readily available development kits such as Raspberry PI, Arduino, antennae connectors etc. This workshop will run through practical examples of exactly how to achieve complex applications in a cost-effective way using less complicated devices. Bring your own laptop, ipad, or tablet if you want to learn along.

Moderators
avatar for Ed Hightower

Ed Hightower

Principal / Consultant, IoT and Beyond
IoT and LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) Technologist and Consultant / Bus. Dev. Mgr. | | Highly successful technologist, executive, sales engineer, public speaker and business development manager with over 25 years experience and expertise in wireless, machine-to-machine (M2... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Kelley

Kurt Kelley

CEO, Excelerated Technology Consulting
Kurt has been serving the technology and telecom markets more than twenty years with a mission to create partnership ecosystems and stimulate innovation. His career started with a local ISP in the 90’s and then migrated to IT consulting. For a change of pace, his next move was... Read More →
avatar for Raza Shah

Raza Shah

Raza has a decade worth of experience in helping leading financial organisations transform fromtheir traditional operational dynamics to the modern day digital structures in various globalterritories such as Dubai, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and Pakistan. He has been a Busine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ashok Sami

Ashok Sami

Co-Founder, ThingsForThings & ThingySpace
Ashok Sami, Co-Founder (ThingForThings.com, ThingySpace.com) Having more than 20 years of experience in Big Data, IOT and Cloud technologies combined with expertise in data strategy, management, integration, and architecture. He has spent time at PwC, Booz & Co, | Oracle, and Zio... Read More →
avatar for Mayank Shekhar

Mayank Shekhar

Co-Founder, ThingsForThings & ThingySpace
Mayank Shekhar, Co-Founder (ThingForThings.com, ThingySpace.com) has been a Technical Architect for 11 years with Oracle USA and is a specialist with CX, IoT, Blockchain and API Management. He holds an MS(IT), Advanced Degree in Management along with the following certifications... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
DevMountain 500 S Ervay St #101, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

Be the Boss of Your Brand: Big Thinking Female Founders Talk about Building and Reimagining Your Business and Brand
Lean in to culture, branding and experience as this panel of visionary women entrepreneurs share success stories and insights on building a business and brand with authenticity and values at the core. Gain wisdom on how to transform your brand identity and tackle the challenges of entrepreneurship during an interactive Q&A with the audience.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Augustyn

Jen Augustyn

Co-Owner, The Dealey Group
Jen is an advertising professional with 18 years of experience in brand strategy, account management and digital media. As a Partner at The Dealey Group, Jen sets the foundation for all the strategic efforts developed at the agency. Jen's work has been touted in publications such... Read More →
avatar for Olivia Cole

Olivia Cole

Founder and COO, Greenlight
Olivia Cole is co-founder and COO of greenlight, a creative brand agency located in the Trinity Industrial District of Dallas, Texas. Together with Erik Herskind and Todd Lancaster, Olivia leads a mighty, yet nimble team of strategists, artists and doers. In the 12 years since g... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Engel

Sarah Engel

VP of Customer Experience, Alice
Sarah Reilly Engel is Vice President of Customer Experience at Alice, and is responsible for leading its global accelerator, which supports high-growth women-led startups around the world, in addition to overseeing content strategy and event programming. Prior to Alice, Sarah launched a boutique-consulting firm, Campsix that helped female-led companies scale through business development and strategic services, and previously held senior level  positions... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller

Founder & CEO, SPM Communication
avatar for Carley Seale

Carley Seale

Founder and Owner, Favor the Kind and Roam


Thursday April 5, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

10:00am

#DSW18 Startup Expo (all week!)
Join us on Floor 14 to connect with local startups, community partners, and service providers who are on hand to help & share! Drop by to learn and chat with:
  • Red Bull Launch Institute - Just Drive by Neha Husein 
  • Red Bull Launch Institute - Cthrough by Elaine Wang
  • Hospitality Startup ROOM - Chirayu Patel
  • Eastfield College
  • Valynt (Digital Marketing Firm)
  • Optimus Business Plan
  • Riteline, LLC (Promotional Pens)
  • Qualbe (Digital Marketing Firm)
  • The Profit Experts


Thursday April 5, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Floor 14 500 N. Akard St. Dallas, TX 75201

11:00am

The Future of Influencer Marketing: Why Micro-Influencers are Key to Marketing Strategies
This session will explore the growth of influencer marketing and where it is headed in the future. Influencer marketing was at one point in time an optional strategy, where now most businesses view it as essential to marketing success. Attendees will learn from a conversational chat on how or why micro-influencers are important to marketing for businesses, how to work with influencers, the future of this marketing component, and more. This session will reveal the effects of the trend from both the influencer and marketer's perspective, along with an appearance by a local TV celebrity who will shed light on how and why she decided to partner with brands to monetize her influence.

Moderators
avatar for Leah Frazier

Leah Frazier

Owner, Think Three Media
Leah Frazier is a leading FashionPreneur™ and was recognized as one of Dallas' most successful women for 2015. In addition to this elite recognition, Leah received the “Rising Star” award for fashion blogging by Fashion Group International of Dallas in 2017, and was also no... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Karsner

Jennifer Karsner

Founder & CEO, LINC
Jenn Karsner is the CEO and Founder of LINC, a platform that provides unrestricted access to expert level education for creatives in the beauty industry through live events, online curriculums, interactive webinars, & a community  Known in the industry as... Read More →
avatar for Ken Weber

Ken Weber

Ken Weber owns one of the most prestigious vintage & contemporary fashion resale stores in the country. Ken started his career as a costumer for films, commercials and television. His resume includes working with actors such as Dennis Hopper, Julie Harris, Hal Holbrook, Kathy Bat... Read More →

Thursday April 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
WeWork - Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201

11:00am

Ask A Lawyer
Attorneys with core practice areas in venture, employment, intellectual property, and blockchain and cryptocurrency will take questions from the audience. 

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Bellay

Rebecca Bellay

Founder and Managing Member, Bellay Law, PLLC
Rebecca is a startup and small business attorney. She is the founder and managing member of Bellay Law, PLLC. Rebecca considers herself a small business owner and understands the unique trials and triumphs of starting and running a business. Her legal practice revolves around ent... Read More →
avatar for Caroline R. Fabacher

Caroline R. Fabacher

Startup Attorney, Vela Wood
Caroline is an associate in the transactional section at Vela Wood PC. She advises and counsels investors, entrepreneurs, startups, and established businesses with an emphasis on entity formation, capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and general business transactions. Caroli... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Lindsay

John Lindsay

Patent Attorney
John Lindsay is a patent attorney with a focus in software and electronics inventions. His background in technology helps understand and advance client technologies. His software background includes a patent pending application for monitoring and visualizing higher risk vehicle c... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Terwey

Aaron Terwey

Senior Associate, Vela Wood
Aaron is a senior associate in the transactional section at Vela Wood. Aaron represents startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and established businesses in a wide range of matters, with an emphasis on venture financings (both equity and convertible debt), mergers and acquisitions... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Wood

Kyle Wood

Kyle Wood advises technology clients, from startups to FORTUNE 100 companies, on an array of technology transactions and privacy matters, with an emphasis on blockchain technology. | As part of the Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency industry group, Kyle has been at the for... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
The DEC 311 N Market St #200, Dallas, TX 75202

11:00am

Tech Trends in Retail 2018
REVTECH invites you to attend the 11th semi-annual Tech Trends in Retail event at The Zodiac located in the downtown Neiman Marcus. This year's plated lunch event will showcase quick pitches by accelerator graduate companies, and feature an opening keynote presentation by Gina Puente. Pitch topics will include New Retail Brands, Concepts, Technologies, and Trends.

To purchase a ticket, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/revtech-accelerator-7677195803

Moderators
avatar for Kristin Leiber

Kristin Leiber

Founder, The L3 Hostel
Kristin Leiber is thrilled to serve Dallas Startup Week for her second year, this time as the Hospitality Track Co-Captain and a member of the DSW18 Planning Committee for Special Events! As a CPA with a background in accounting/finance but with a heart for people, Kristin now s... Read More →
avatar for Meagan Moakes

Meagan Moakes

Director of Community Development, REVTECH
Meagan Moakes has worked in Community Development within the startup community for almost four years. Attending the University of Texas at Dallas, she received her BA in Psychology and Criminology. After several years at IBM, she decided to make the jump from the corporate world... Read More →

Thursday April 5, 2018 11:00am - 2:30pm
The Zodiac @ Neiman Marcus 1618 Main St, Level Six, Dallas, TX 75201

1:00pm

Cybercurrency in Real Estate Transactions
Understand blockchain technology’s impending disruption of transactional industries; Discuss the practical and regulatory challenges to closing a real estate transaction with cryptocurrency; discuss plausible solutions and outline an ecosystem that could transform real estate from a highly illiquid asset into a semi-liquid asset

Moderators
avatar for Erreka Campbell

Erreka Campbell

Associate, Polsinelli PC
Erreka Campbell, an associate in the Dallas office of Polsinelli PC, is a business-minded real estate attorney who focuses on representing developers, investors, and lenders with their acquisition, disposition, financing, development, and leasing matters. Erreka’s goal is to mi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Lopez

Matthew Lopez

CEO, MBL Title
Mr. Lopez serves as MBL Title’s Chief Executive Officer, handling all aspects of marketing, branding, business development activities and general strategic growth of the company. Mr. Lopez has a wealth of experience that he utilizes daily to serve our clients at MBL Title, repr... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
DevMountain 500 S Ervay St #101, Dallas, TX 75201

1:00pm

Ask an Investor: Tips from VCs and Funding Providers
This panel brings together several of the most qualified and experienced investors and funding providers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for a discussion on startup funding at all stages and through a variety of avenues. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask the panel their burning funding questions.

Moderators
avatar for Joseph Clemko

Joseph Clemko

Senior Attorney, Beckmen Law Firm
Combining my work experiences with my legal and business education to provide quality and innovative representation for clients in various industries. My practice focuses on counseling businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, and investors with an emphasis on general business | trans... Read More →
avatar for Ricky Tejapaibul

Ricky Tejapaibul

Managing Partner & CEO, Tech Wildcatters
Ricky Tejapaibul is the Managing Partner and CEO of Tech Wildcatters, one of the first 15 startup accelerators in the world and pioneer of the Gauntlet, a milestone-based data-driven accelerator model.  Ricky is an active angel investor, entrepreneur, startup mentor, and has wo... Read More →
avatar for Julia Young

Julia Young

Program Associate, Tech Wildcatters
I am the program associate for Tech Wildcatters, an early stage B2B seed fund and accelerator. You should talk to me if you have a startup and need mentorship, resources, and funding. We also co-host Startup Grind Dallas and are always looking to connect entrepreneur speakers wit... Read More →

Speakers
DB

Darlene Boudreaux

Executive Director, TechFW
As the Executive Director at TechFW, Darlene founded the North Texas Angel Network and, later, the Cowtown Angels. Each is an independent network of accredited investors who hear pitches from entrepreneurs, conduct due diligence as a group, but who invest as individuals.  Darlen... Read More →
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Samantha Colletti

Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank
Samantha Colletti is a Senior Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank where she focuses on providing comprehensive debt and credit solutions to a variety of technology companies in the DFW area.  She has spent the last 7 years working with start-ups and venture-backed companies an... Read More →
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Kevin Stevens

Partner, Intelis Capital
Kevin is a partner at Intelis Capital, where he focuses on partnering primarily with software companies working directly or indirectly on the most important challenges facing large, slow-change industries. Prior to Intelis Capital, he co-led product at Kleiner Perkins-backed... Read More →
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Jeff Williams

Partner, Interlock Partners
Jeff has almost two decades of early stage investing experience focused on early stage technology companies across the U.S.  Jeff has served on multiple Boards including for-profit and non-profit corporations.  He currently coaches and mentors over 5 local technology compani... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

2:00pm

Social Good: The Power of Philanthropists of Color
Inside Philanthropy stated "The nation's ethnic landscape is changing, and by 2050, America will be majority non-white. These demographic shifts have implications for a wide variety of sectors, including philanthropy. Individual contributions constitute the single largest source of philanthropic support in the United States..."

What does this mean for one of the nation's most charitable cities, Dallas? More specifically, how will this shape how people of color engage in philanthropy and are recognized for their often "unsung" contributions to their diverse communities. Join this transformative discussion and leave empowered to invest in the change you desire to see.

Speakers
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Akilah Wallace

Director of Development, Faith in Texas
Akilah is the Director of Development for Faith in Texas, a multi-racialfaith based, social justice organization. She has over 15 years ofexperience as a relationship manager, with expertise in funddevelopment, event planning & promotions, marketing, multiculturalmedia sales and... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

3:00pm

Capital Formation: Funding Your Dream
You have an awesome idea, terrific customer traction and know you and your team can build a durable, high growth company. But how do you execute fundraising through multiple rounds to ensure you have enough capital to sustain your company’s growth?

Come hear from a panel of local entrepreneurs who’ve battled to build their companies and fund their growth trajectory from start-up through late stage financing (Series A – Exit). The panel will be moderated by Jaime Moreno De Los Rios from J.P. Morgan’s technology team in San Francisco, who will kick off the session with perspective on the national fundraising environment for private companies.

Moderators
JM

Jaime Moreno de los Rios

VP, Internet & Digital Media, J.P. Morgan Investment Banking
Jaime is a VP in the Internet & Digital Media team at J.P. Morgan Investment Banking in San Francisco, where he joined in early 2014. He focuses on private capital raisings, M&A, debt offerings and IPOs for Internet companies. | | Previously, he spent two years focusing on opera... Read More →

Speakers
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Daniel Black

Glass-Media
Daniel, a Silicon Valley native, is often referred to as an entrepreneurial rebel for choosing to launch his retail technology company “Glass-Media” in Dallas, Texas. |   | Since moving to Dallas in 2013, Daniel has quickly become an integral part of the startup community/ec... Read More →
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Joshua Sepkowitz

Co-Founder & CEO, FreeRange Concepts
Joshua is the Chief Executive Officer of FreeRange Concepts, a creative restaurant development and management company. Joshua co-founded FreeRange Concepts with his best friend and college roommate Kyle Noonan in 2012. They opened their first concepts, Bowl & Barrel in December... Read More →
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George Baker Sr.

Founder, Chairman and CEO, ParkHub
George has nearly 17 years of hands-on experience in the parking realm, focusing on managing the parking operations of class-A office garage facilities and comparable top-tier parking operations across the continental United States. He prides himself on deep domain knowledge of t... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage B Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

3:30pm

Cultivating Creative Community: The Importance of Supporting & Growing a Culture of the Arts
Creative professionals often feel isolated and alone in their creative endeavors. This panel will discuss the importance of supporting and growing a culture of the arts centered around building community and cultivating artist well being.

Moderators
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Katie Fisher

Art House Dallas
Katie Fisher serves as the Programs Manager for Art House Dallas. Before joining the team she worked as a graphic designer, visual artist, and writer. Her career path has taken her through dairy farms, homeless shelters, and into international development work. She holds a BFA in... Read More →

Speakers
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Eric Bowman

The Mill Street House
Eric Bowman is a believer in the power of art & design as a means of connection. Serving as an art director and designer for over 12 years he has worked in the music industry, nonprofits and small businesses to provide artwork, design and communication that connects people. He is... Read More →
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Justin Clemons

FLOCC
Justin Clemons, by trade is an editorial and commercial photographer with a BFA in photography. He also is a founder and owner of FLOCC Studio, which is a workspace for creatives all different disciplines. Justin is also teaching a photo portfolio class at a nearby college. He... Read More →
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Marissa Delcambre

Executive Director, Art House Dallas
Marissa Delcambre serves as the Executive Director for Art House Dallas. She previously served as the Programs Director for Art House Dallas for over 6 years developing events, spiritual resources for visual and performing artists. Prior to Art House, Marissa worked with artists... Read More →
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Amber LaFrance

Founder, Culture Hype
PR maven Amber LaFrance is making a name for Dallas artists” - Dallas Observer. Hardworking, diligent and passionate about her clients, Amber thrives off of working with creative brands and like-minded people. A music-obsessed marketing guru, Amber spent time at the Texas Musi... Read More →
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Megan Tom

UX designer, CreativeMornings
Megan Tom is the host of CreativeMornings Dallas and builds community by creating a space where everyone can be creative and everyone is welcome. CreativeMornings is a free monthly breakfast lecture series and provides nourishment for the creative soul. During the work week, Mega... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

3:30pm

Blockchain Technology In Business Today
This session will feature Business and Entrepreneurs that are currently using blockchain technology in their day to day operations. Visit the Facebook event for further details: https://www.facebook.com/events/396266144173609/ 

Parking Instructions: Attached please find the parking permit and a Parking Map for the event you are registered for at The University of Texas at Dallas. The permit is valid for Green Spaces ONLY in Parking Lots: A, B, C, D and PS1. Please print a copy of your permit and place in your front windshield once you park on campus.

Parking Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4EnjvaRD_DWZzM4X1hrTTAwUGYtLUFlUVZ2ZVJqZnp4WHp3 

Parking Pass: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4EnjvaRD_DWMTE3cHhJUWtpaW04RFcwemE4ZEJteE9EWDNv

Moderators
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Humza Shazad

Wali Works, LLC
Currently consulting on blockchain and emerging technology, Humza previously worked at Ericsson as a Global Blockchain Driver where he  conceived and implemented solutions to improve time and costs using strong analytical and problem solving skills. This was accomplished by fash... Read More →

Speakers
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Christopher Brown

CEO, Modular
Christopher is a full stack developer on both distributed and traditional web applications and co-founded Modular with Joshua who came from developing with IBM and Apple. Together they sought out Will, AWS and DB specialist, Paulo, Node.js and Solidity developer, Ben, front-end d... Read More →
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Kelly Graham

Founder, D-Node
Built a successful career as speech pathologist training corporate executives and their support staff on better speech methods and public speaking, began learning about the blockchain in early 2016 and rapidly gained proficiency in Cryptocurrency Mining Operations, building and m... Read More →
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Mark Rizzn Hopkins

CEO, Roger Wilco
Venture partner at Barista Ventures, and the founder of the Roger Wilco Agency. Formerly the Founding Editor for the SiliconANGLE Network, a Bitcoin early adopter, as well as a blogging, podcasting and social media pioneer. Prior the founding of SiliconANGLE, Mark worked as Assoc... Read More →
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Peter Hunn

Founder, Accord Project
Peter Hunn is Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at Clause, Inc. The Accord Project from Clause, Inc. is the leading organization for the development of standards for smart legal contracts and distributed ledger applications in the legal industry. The consortium ope... Read More →
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Michael Yuan

5Miles
Michael received a PhD in Astrophysics from University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of 5 books on software development, published by Prentice Hall, Addison-Wesley, and O'Reilly. Michael was an active code committer in large Open Source projects such as Firefox, Fedora, JB... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas Davidson Auditorium JSOM 1.118

4:00pm

Tech This Out: The Future of Fashion and Beauty Technology
This session will explore new technological advances in the fashion and beauty industries, as well as the impact that these new technologies will have for the future. The session will be interactive with technology on display for attendees to interact with from both the fashion and beauty sectors.

Moderators
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Leah Frazier

Owner, Think Three Media
Leah Frazier is a leading FashionPreneur™ and was recognized as one of Dallas' most successful women for 2015. In addition to this elite recognition, Leah received the “Rising Star” award for fashion blogging by Fashion Group International of Dallas in 2017, and was also no... Read More →
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Jennifer Karsner

Founder & CEO, LINC
Jenn Karsner is the CEO and Founder of LINC, a platform that provides unrestricted access to expert level education for creatives in the beauty industry through live events, online curriculums, interactive webinars, & a community  Known in the industry as... Read More →
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Ken Weber

Ken Weber owns one of the most prestigious vintage & contemporary fashion resale stores in the country. Ken started his career as a costumer for films, commercials and television. His resume includes working with actors such as Dennis Hopper, Julie Harris, Hal Holbrook, Kathy Bat... Read More →

Thursday April 5, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Health Wildcatters 1910 Pacific Ave, Ste 20000, Dallas, TX 75201

4:00pm

Infinite Esports & Entertainment Take Over (esports Lifestyle, Training & Innovation)
Infinite Esports and Entertainment will discuss the modern esports athlete. Attendees get a glimpse into the lifestyle of esports players. Discussion expands to technology & innovation impacting the esports industry.

Moderators
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Kedreon Cole

LaunchPad City
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Chirag Gupta

CEO, NoD Coworking
Chirag is the co-captain of the Dallas Startup Week Gaming Track this year. He is the Founder of NoD Coworking and runs the Code Collective meetup group in Dallas. He has served on the boards of the Texas Freelance Association and the Northwestern University Alumni Club of DFW. H... Read More →

Thursday April 5, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaunchPad City Frisco 6170 Research Rd, Frisco, TX 75033

5:00pm

Perkins Coie presents DSW18 Base Camp Happy Hour
Join Dallas Startup Week at Base Camp in Ross Tower for our daily cross-track happy hour sponsored by Perkins Coie. We'll bring the drinks and tunes, you bring the party!

 Alcohol sponsors are Katy Trail Vodka, Dulce Vida Tequila, 903 Brewery, Santa Margherita wine, and Austin Eastciders.  


Speakers
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Kyle Wood

Kyle Wood advises technology clients, from startups to FORTUNE 100 companies, on an array of technology transactions and privacy matters, with an emphasis on blockchain technology. | As part of the Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency industry group, Kyle has been at the for... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Floor 43 500 N. Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75201

5:00pm

Epic, Bada** Happy Hour: Dallas Startup Week Edition
RSVP Link Here: https://epic-ba-happy-hour.eventbrite.com 

To start a company, you have to be pretty badass. Come network and drink with fellow people who know the pain of starting shit.

Free beer and wine will be served. DriveAds will be doing some awesome giveaways, and TopDesk Coworking will give one lucky attendee a free week of drop-in coworking.

All members of the startup community are invited to this event. No badges required.

Thursday April 5, 2018 5:00pm - 7:30pm
TopDesk Coworking 2914 Taylor St, Dallas, TX

5:30pm

Big Ideas in Education Entrepreneurship
 Big ideas abound in the education ecosystem. The trouble is, finding a platform to share and act on those ideas can be tough for budding edupreneurs. Join us for happy hour + a series of short, Ted Talk-style pitches of big ideas in education.

Moderators
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Jayda Batchelder

Founding Executive Director, Education Opens Doors
Jayda Batchelder serves as the Founding Executive Director of Education Opens Doors, a Dallas-based nonprofit organization whose vision is to ensure students will pursue their limitless potential, ultimately eliminating educational inequity.  As Executive Director, Jayda leads s... Read More →
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Ashley Bryan Flores

Vice President and Education Strategist, HKS, Inc.
Ashley is an experienced education leader who likes to solve problems and build things from the ground-up. She has a track record of imagining and launching new ideas (+ helping others to do the same), building community in pursuit of a collective vision, and managing teams to he... Read More →

Speakers
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Ben Aiken

CEO, Gateway to Great Outdoors
Ben Aiken is the co-founder and Dallas-Fort Worth Director of the outdoor education non-profit, Gateway to the Great Outdoors.  He attended Washington University in St. Louis where he received his BA in Architecture as well as minors in Environmental Engineering, and Education. Growing up he volunteered with special needs children and was a leader of his Boy Scout Troop, eventually reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. While living in St. Louis he worked on numerous after school programs and in 2015 he co-founded Gateway to the Great Outdoors, an outdoor education program focused on mentorship and science enrichment for Title 1 schools, with Nadav Sprague.  He joined the DFW Teach For America Corps in 2016 and currently teaches 4th grade in Fort Worth. Since moving to Texas he has opened a Gateway program in DFW and looks to share his passion for the wilderness with more students. Check out or donate to GGO at... Read More →
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Maggie Rieth Austin

Director of Education, Dallas Comedy House
Hailing from Rochester, New York, Maggie Rieth Austin is a Texan by choice and a writer, director, actress, and educator by trade. A proud graduate of the Dallas Comedy House (DCH) Training Center, she now serves as the Director of Education for the theater, as well as an instruc... Read More →
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Jon Schick Barton

Co-Founder, SPURstartup
As the Co-Founder of SPURstartup, Jon directs all things tech, design, and branding. Since launching, Jon has published two online entrepreneurship courses and created The Founder's Journal, a tool for founders to track their progress and navigate the future. He is also a freelan... Read More →
MB

Martha Bujanda

Marsh Preparatory Academy, Principal
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Michael Gayles

Founding Principal, IGNITE Middle School, DISD
Michael grew up the youngest of six children and was raised by his loving parents, Edward and Doris Gayles, on the urban east side of Buffalo, NY. He graduate Magna Cum Laude from the University Of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. He then went on to earn an M.D... Read More →
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Dave Monaco

Head of School, Parish Episcopal School
Dave Monaco became Parish Episcopal School’s third Head of School in July, 2009 as the school prepared to conclude its first decade as a Pre-K-12 college preparatory school following 30 years as a leading Episcopal day school serving students through grade 6. | | As Parish Epi... Read More →
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Celeste Perez

Arts Mission Oak Cliff
Celeste Perez is a Dallas native and former graduate of Stephen F Austin School of Theatre. She is on the marketing team at Arts Mission Oak Cliff and is also involved in the local theatre community.


Thursday April 5, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Mac's Southside 1701 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75215

5:30pm

Art House Exchange
The Exchange is Art House Dallas' semi-monthly gathering, providing active creators an opportunity for collaboration and discussion. It can be difficult to find a sounding board for ideas, or even just a group of engaged, like-minded people.

Thursday April 5, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Full City Rooster 1810 S Akard St #100, Dallas, TX 75215

6:00pm

UT Dallas Startup Internship and Career Fair
Are you a student looking for an internship or full-time opportunity?

The Startup Internship and Career Fair, which occurs in the fall and spring, features local startup companies looking for interns and full-time employees to help their startup grow. This event is open to ALL CURRENT UTD students of all majors and class. Both undergraduate and graduate students who are looking for an internship with a North Texas startup company are encouraged to attend.

UTD students have exclusive access to the event from 6:00-7:00 PM. The fair will be open to the community from 7:00-9:00 PM.

Are you a startup looking for interns and full-time employees?

North Texas startup companies with either internship and/or full-time opportunities are encouraged to apply. Please allow up to 5 business days to receive the status of your application. Space is limited to 20 startup companies. All paid positions must be W-2 employees. UTD does not aid in the hiring process and is not responsible for the internship experience of the company and student. Please consult the UTD internship guide for employers for more information.

Companies must have professional office space, an active website, and company email accounts to qualify.

For company registration, please click here.

For more info, visit the website here


Thursday April 5, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Blackstone Launchpad at UTD 2830 Rutford Ave, Richardson, TX 75080
 
Friday, April 6
 

7:30am

Dallas Startup Week Women's Breakfast Presented By Brazen DFW
There is limited space for this event, so we kindly request that you register for a free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dallas-startup-week-womens-breakfast-presented-by-brazen-dfw-tickets-44336045305 

Brazen DFW cordially invites you to the Techstars Startup Week Dallas Women's Breakfast on Friday, April 6th, 2018.
The breakfast will include light breakfast bites, "mocktails" and dynamic networking with other leading women in business and tech.
Please arrive promptly at the venue at 7:30am to ensure enough time to grab a bite and find your table. Program will be begin at 8:00am.

Location: Chase Basecamp - Ross Tower (500 North Akard Street, 43rd Floor, Dallas, TX 75201)
Dress: Casual/Business Casual
Date: Friday, April 6th
Timing: 7:30am - 9:00am
Media Sponsor: Launch DFW. Brazen  is very thankful for their support of women in business and tech.------------
All attendees are invited to stay for Dallas Startup Week and a keynote from Kara Golden, CEO Hint Inc., starting at 9:30am, right after the breakfast. You can find the entire Dallas Startup Week schedule here.


Friday April 6, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Chase Basecamp - Floor 43 500 N. Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75201

8:30am

Creative Mornings Dallas
Speakers
RP

Randy Pitchford

CEO, Gearbox Software


Friday April 6, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
WeWork - Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201

9:30am

Community Keynote: Kara Goldin
Entrepreneur Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of hint inc., the San Francisco-based company which produces the leading unsweetened flavored water. hint® also recently launched a sunscreen spray that is oxybenzone and paraben-free and scented with hint fruit essence. Kara has been named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Further accolades include EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Northern California, SF Business Times Most Influential Woman, Fast Company Most Creative People in Business, EY Winning Woman 2012, Fortune Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink 2015, NACIE appointee 2016 (recently resigned), the Gold Stevie award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Amex OPENforum’s Women to Watch, and the Marketers That Matter award for Brand Building, Small Company. Previously, Kara was Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she helped lead the growth of its startup shopping business to a $1 billion enterprise. Kara is an active business speaker and writer, a member of C200, and a member of SFBay YPO, the world’s premier chief executive leadership organization. In 2016, Kara launched The Kara Network, a digital resource and mentoring platform for aspiring and established entrepreneurs, and she recently launched the podcast Unstoppable, where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs and disruptors across various industries. Follow Kara on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter.

Moderators
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Tracy Merzi

CEO, Dallas Business Journal
Tracy Merzi has been with American City Business Journals for over 20 years in various sales andmarketing positions at the Pittsburgh Business Times and the Washington Business Journal.  Tracycurrently serves as the Market President and Publisher for the Dallas Business Journal... Read More →

Speakers
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Kara Goldin

Founder & CEO, hint, inc.
Entrepreneur Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of hint inc., the San Francisco-based company which produces the leading unsweetened flavored water. hint® also recently launched a sunscreen spray that is oxybenzone and paraben-free and scented with hint fruit essence. Kara has been named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Further accolades include EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Northern California, SF Business Times Most Influential Woman, Fast Company Most Creative People in Business, EY Winning Woman 2012, Fortune Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink 2015, NACIE appointee 2016 (recently resigned), the Gold Stevie award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Amex OPENforum’s Women to Watch, and the Marketers That Matter award for Brand Building, Small Company. Previously, Kara was Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she helped lead the growth of its startup shopping business to a $1 billion enterprise. Kara is an active business speaker and writer, a member of C200, and a member of SFBay YPO, the world’s premier chief executive leadership organization. In 2016, Kara launched The Kara Network, a digital resource and mentoring platform for aspiring and established entrepreneurs, and she recently launched the... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

10:30am

Hospitality Keynote: Building Wealth While Investing in Your Neighborhood From the Founder of the Belmont Hotel, Texas Theater, and Tyler Station
Join us for a unique hospitality and development discussion with keynote speaker, Monte Anderson, who will tell the story of how neighborhoods are improved and individual wealth is created when locals invest in their own buildings. He will highlight his experience with Dallas' Belmont Hotel, the historic Texas Theatre, and most recently a transit oriented development, Tyler Station, making a case for locals taking the future of their neighborhoods into their own hands and out of the hands of outside investors and developers. "The hope is that an entrepreneur will come along and own a building with three rental spaces," says Monte. "That business owner builds net worth, and becomes a major stakeholder in downtown, which changes self-esteem and everything about that entrepreneur's life. They've got a piece of the action, they're not renting from 'the man'." Monte, a native of southern Dallas, has spent his entire career working in his own backyard, advocating for and mentoring small business owners through a successful real estate career, all while playing with grandkids, his cats, and listening to rap music.

Moderators
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Kristin Leiber

Founder, The L3 Hostel
Kristin Leiber is thrilled to serve Dallas Startup Week for her second year, this time as the Hospitality Track Co-Captain and a member of the DSW18 Planning Committee for Special Events! As a CPA with a background in accounting/finance but with a heart for people, Kristin now s... Read More →
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Meagan Moakes

Director of Community Development, REVTECH
Meagan Moakes has worked in Community Development within the startup community for almost four years. Attending the University of Texas at Dallas, she received her BA in Psychology and Criminology. After several years at IBM, she decided to make the jump from the corporate world... Read More →

Speakers
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Monte Anderson

CEO/President, Options Real Estate Investments, Inc
Monte Anderson is the President of Options Real Estate, a multi-service real estate company specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods in southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties in Texas. Since 1984 he has concentrated solely on improving the living and working enviro... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Four Corners Brewery 1311 S Ervay St, Dallas, TX 75215

11:00am

Rise of the Freelance Artist: Insight Into the Growing Opportunities for Creative Professionals
The various opportunities for visual creatives and graphic designers continues to expand. This panel provides insight into the growing market for visuals artists in the digital and what the companies that hire them look for when searching for freelance talent.

Moderators
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Brandon Ricks

Founder, Ricks Entertainment Group
Brandon Ricks is the Principal of Ricks Entertainment Group, a creative consulting company servicing clients in the media, music and entertainment industry. His work is done through providing thought leadership, strategic direction, and project management for creative projects... Read More →

Speakers
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Brian Burleson

Gearbox Software
With over 15 years of industry experience, Brian has worked on such notable title as Borderlands, Homeworld, and Brothers In Arms as a Senior Producer and Programmer. Currently he is Managing Producer of Development overseeing a number of internal projects as well as external pr... Read More →
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Barton Damer

ABC Motion Graphics
Barton Damer is the founding artist and owner of Already Been Chewed, a design, motion graphics, and 3d animation studio. After being named Digital Artist of the Year by Computer Arts Magazine, Intel and 3d World, Barton launched out as a freelancer in 2010. Over the last 8 years... Read More →
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Bryan Engram

Brazen Animation
As CEO/CCO and Co-Founder for Brazen Animation in Dallas, Bryan Engram is responsible for the vision, creative, and overall direction of the studio. Before founding Brazen in 2014, Bryan served as Director of Studio Animation at Reel FX Studios in Dallas from 2003-2012. | | Unde... Read More →
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Amy Knigge

Creative Circle
Amy has seven years of experience recruiting digital and creative talent for placement in both freelance and full time positions. Currently she works as the Lead Recruiter at Creative Circle in Dallas where she has successfully placed candidates with Fortune 500 companies as well... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

11:00am

Bringing Digital Disruption to the Behemoth – A Discussion on Corporate Digital Innovation
Join BCG for a panel discussion on how companies are applying lessons from startups to accelerate digital innovation within the corporate environment

Speakers
avatar for David Martin

David Martin

Partner and Managing Director, BCG
David Martin is a Partner and Managing Director in the Boston Consulting Group’s Dallasoffice. He is a core member of BCG’s Technology, Media and Telecommunicationspractice, where he advises clients on topics from strategic growth and business modelinnovation, to operational... Read More →
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Mary Martin

Partner and Managing Director, BCG
Mary Martin is a Partner and Managing Director in the Dallas office of the BostonConsulting Group. She joined BCG in 2010. She focuses her work in the consumer sector,with particular emphasis in the restaurant industry. She has deep expertise in DemandCentric Growth and consumer... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage A Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

1:00pm

Building a Music City: How to Build a Sustainable Music Business Infrastructure
This panel will give insight into the components and framework needed to support the growing and talented music community in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and what aspiring musicians and music business professionals can do to build and infrastructure of tools and resources to sustain it.

Moderators
avatar for Brandon Ricks

Brandon Ricks

Founder, Ricks Entertainment Group
Brandon Ricks is the Principal of Ricks Entertainment Group, a creative consulting company servicing clients in the media, music and entertainment industry. His work is done through providing thought leadership, strategic direction, and project management for creative projects... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brendon Anthony

Brendon Anthony

Director, Texas Music Office
As Director of the Texas Music Office, Brendon Anthony sets the agenda for business development, helping music industry professionals navigate their entry into the Texas market, as well as moving their businesses to Texas (including corporations, start-ups, and everything in betw... Read More →
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Joey Hendrickson

Founder, How to Build a Music City
Joey Hendrickson is a former touring artist who performed with 21 Pilots, The Lumineers, Chris Jamison, and collaborated with TV & Film composers early in his career. Today, Joey works on the other side of the stage as a Founder and Consultant. At Kalypso, Joey is a Senior Consul... Read More →
avatar for Don Pitts

Don Pitts

Founder, Sound Music Cities
After 25 years in the music and entertainment industry, Don Pitts launched Sound Music Cities, Inc. to help emerging and established music and entertainment cities find practical solutions to sound issues and growing their music economy. | Having garnered the nickname “The Soun... Read More →
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Linda Septien

CEO, SEPTIEN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Linda Septien is a music artist development professional with 25+ years of experience, whose success is measured by the number of successful pop icons she has prepared, trained and helped launch into thriving careers. Named on the cover of the Dallas Observer as the “Kingpin... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage B Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

1:00pm

Impact Investing: The Future of Philanthropy
Impact Investing, everyone's talking about it, but how could it actually work in Dallas. This panel will be primarily geared towards attendees interested in innovative financing tools: impact investing, social impact bods, social returns, and more.

Moderators
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Tynesia Boyea-Robinson

President & CEO, Reliance Methods
Tynesia Boyea-Robinson exemplifies cross-sector leadership. In her book, Just Change: How To Collaborate For Lasting Impact, Tynesia shares her experience investing in cities and leaders across the country. Tynesia’s experience as an entrepreneur, Six Sigma blackbelt, and techn... Read More →

Speakers
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Salah Boukadom

Founder, Good Returns Group
Salah Boukadoum is the founder of Impact City, an initiative to transform Dallas into the center of the world for solving humanity’s greatest challenges. He was previously founder and CEO of Atrana Solutions, a technology company that he grew to over $14 million in revenue and... Read More →
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Randy Bowman

AT LAST!
Randy is an accomplished businessperson who founded, presided over and co-owned a successful logistics company from 2001 until selling his interest in early 2017. His logistics company served the North American continent for Fortune 500 customers, and achieved 49 consecutive quar... Read More →
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Greg Campbell

CEO, Rainmaker Inc
Mr. Campbell is an entrepreneur and investor, that has funded, operated and advised ventures across a broad array of industries in the United States, Latin America andWest Africa. Through Rainmaker he works to build and invest in businesses that are disruptive, scalable and nobl... Read More →
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James Armstrong III

President & CEO, Builders of Hope Development
James Armstrong III is the Senior Pastor of the Community Fellowship Church in West Dallas and the President  & CEO of Builders of Hope Development Corporation. He has served as a certified Urban Economic Development expert since 2010. He is a member of the Mayor's Grow South Ad... Read More →
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Courtney Pogue

Director, City of Dallas Economic Development


Friday April 6, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
WeWork - Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201

1:30pm

Venture Deal Terms: What You Need to Know About Raising Money
When it comes to early stage venture funding, nobody has seen more deals in North Texas than venture attorneys Ryan Roberts and Kevin Vela. Come listen as two of Texas' most seasoned startup attorneys talk about how to understand equity rounds and convertible instruments, and what the Texas market looks like for raising capital relative to other ecosystems.

Moderators
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Rebecca Bellay

Founder and Managing Member, Bellay Law, PLLC
Rebecca is a startup and small business attorney. She is the founder and managing member of Bellay Law, PLLC. Rebecca considers herself a small business owner and understands the unique trials and triumphs of starting and running a business. Her legal practice revolves around ent... Read More →
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Caroline R. Fabacher

Startup Attorney, Vela Wood
Caroline is an associate in the transactional section at Vela Wood PC. She advises and counsels investors, entrepreneurs, startups, and established businesses with an emphasis on entity formation, capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and general business transactions. Caroli... Read More →

Speakers
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Ryan Roberts

Founding Partner, Roberts Foster
Ryan Roberts is a partner and represents high-growth companies and venture capitalists involved in a wide variety of technologies. His practice ranges from the formation of new startup companies through venture capital financings and acquisitions. Ryan also represents venture capital funds in investment transactions. His clients are located throughout the world, including California, New York, India, the EU and the Middle East.  Ryan is author of the well-known startup blog... Read More →
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Kevin Vela

Partner, Vela Wood
Kevin Vela is a partner of Vela Wood, a boutique corporate law firm that focuses its practice on M&A, emerging businesses, and venture transactions. Kevin was named a 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Star and is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, an honor granted to 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys. He is a mentor for... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

3:00pm

Four Corners Brewing Co. presents the Techstars Startup Week Dallas Closing Party
Last chance to make those connections til next year!  Join us at the new Four Corners taproom with friends, food trucks, tunes, and an early happy hour to help ease you into the weekend!  Roll up those sleeves as we roll up the garage doors to the brewery and kick back with speakers, sponsors, and other conference attendees to download the week.  



Friday April 6, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Four Corners Brewery 1311 S Ervay St, Dallas, TX 75215

3:30pm

Shoot That Here: The Future of Dallas-Based Filmmaking
This panel will discuss the future of Dallas based filmmaking, explore keys to success for indie filmmakers, and tackle the many challenges facing the independent film community. Join us for a robust discussion and a sneak peak teaser of an upcoming indie film release.

Moderators
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Justina Walford

Artistic Director, Women Texas Film Festival
Justina Walford is a critically acclaimed writer, producer, director, and performer of various types of storytelling on screen, stage, and print. Currently, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Women Texas Film Festival, Walford was formerly the Artistic Director of Split Id... Read More →

Speakers
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Johnathan Brownlee

President & CEO, The Dallas Film Society
Johnathan Brownlee is an award-winning Canadian/American, producer, director, writer | and actor with a diverse, international body of work spanning over 25+ years. His work has | been in theaters and on screens in 127 countries, 14 languages and appeared on every | major network... Read More →
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Roy Machado

Dallas Audio Post
Roy Machado is the Creative Director and Supervising Sound Editor for Dallas Audio Post. With over two decades of experience in film, television and advertising production, Roy has brought well-rounded knowledge to clients including Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, ABC, CBS, NB... Read More →
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Chris Sinclair

Outskirt Films
Chris Sinclair operates Outskirt Films, a production company he founded in 2012 that specializes in unscripted, branded content for digital and broadcast. He holds an M.A. in Visual Communication from Ohio University. His background is in photojournalism. He has worked as a newsp... Read More →
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Jeff Vogt

Founder & CEO, Imagination Media Studios
A veteran Dallas filmmaker, Jeff has set out to reinvent the cinema experience by turning venues into pop-up theaters and hosting one-of-a-kind events. Even more important, at each event, he invites like-minded people to create the possibility for great synergies. Each event is d... Read More →


Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Chase Basecamp - Stage C Ross Tower, 500 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201