Get Ready for 19 Tracks, 3 Summits, and Startup Alley » Dallas Innovates

Dallas-Fort Worth’s largest event, focused on driving business success, economic impact and innovation in the area, is back for 2021.

Capital One’s seventh annual Dallas Startup Week (DSW) takes place August 1-5.

The free five-day event caters for innovators of all kinds, from startups to corporations and students to educators. The DEC Network conference features 19 speakers and content titles for aspiring entrepreneurs, established small businesses, and business allies. The hybrid event will be held virtually and in person (per all CDC social distancing guidelines) at Southern Methodist University, as per The DEC.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to host Dallas Startup Week again in person and virtually after a difficult year we have all been through,” said Bill Chinn, CEO of The DEC Network, in a statement.

“Entrepreneurs are looking for resources to move forward in the new normal,” says Chinn. “DSW really has something to offer every entrepreneur and small business owner, especially in this time after COVID.”

Capital One, which sponsors the Dallas Startup Week event, has partnered with The DEC Network to support local entrepreneurs and small businesses – the creators of lasting impact in the places we live and work, says Sanjiv Yajnik, president for Financial services.

“To drive innovation in our region, we need to have a healthy ecosystem of companies, government agencies, nonprofits and entrepreneurs working together,” he said in a statement.

Via DEC network:

The sessions of the Dallas Startup Week are divided into 19 tracks

  • AI
  • AR / VR
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Blockchain
  • Capital & Financing
  • Coding
  • Online Safety
  • Defense innovation
  • Fashion
  • Games & Sports
  • Health care
  • Legal
  • marketing
  • Personal development
  • sale
  • Software as a service
  • Social influence
  • dare
  • veteran

… and three peaks

  • Disrupt Dallas, August 1st
    Disturbing Dallas celebrates the champions who disrupt the diversity pipeline, entrepreneurial market and landscape, and provides expert training and programming for minority entrepreneurs to support and grow their business through a combination of speakers, discussions and networking opportunities. Disrupt Dallas will take place in person on Sunday at SMU and online.
  • Women’s Innovation Summit, August 4th
    The Women of Innovation Summit is an all-day list of seminars and speakers to identify, encourage, and nurture female leaders who have the courage and passion to turn their ideas and ambitions into reality. With a dynamic group of leading visionaries, the Women of Innovation Summit will celebrate, inspire and connect change makers in various markets and industries in order to offer all women in business more insights and knowledge into the trends and opportunities of the future. The Women of Innovation Summit will take place in person at SMU and online.
  • Business start-up innovation Summit, August 5th The Corporate Startup Innovation Summit uses and combines the breadth and diversity of DFW companies and the dynamic startup ecosystem. The summit will mobilize these groups by showcasing DFW’s best and smartest innovators, who share how their companies are shaping our future – resulting in new ideas, business models, investment trends, connections, and opportunities for companies to grow and accelerate. A decision on whether this program will be held in person or virtually is imminent.

What else?

The official DSW launch party will open the event. The community celebration is held for all participants. DSW will also launch Startup Alley on August 2nd, an exhibition hall where locals can showcase their businesses. For more information on how business owners can apply for a spot on Startup Alley near the event, organizers say they will be available.

“Through our partnership with The DEC Network, Capital One prides itself on supporting the local entrepreneurs and small businesses that have a lasting impact on the places we live and work.

The DEC network promotes innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs

The DEC Network, a 501c3 not for profit founded by Trey Bowles in 2013 and led by Bill Chinn, is designed to drive innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs start, build, and grow their businesses. Since then, it has launched a number of innovation centers in the region that provide education, mentoring, community and advocacy for startups. You can find The DEC in Redbird, Addison, and more.

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