This is the critical stage of connecting entrepreneurs with investors (Video)

Trey Bowles’ company, Dallas Entrepreneurs Center (DEC), connects up-and-coming businesses with investors.

Recently the DEC partnered with Uber for UberPitch, where 35 startups tried to woo six investors.

While the event was a success — one entrepreneur called it the best day of his life — the next few months are what really count, according to Bowles. That is when the participants start to see the results (where the investments are actually being made), and when the DEC learns how to improve on its mission.

Among the questions Bowles’ group will try to answer during this critical period: How can pitches be refined to make them more attractive to investors? How can more investors be brought into the mix?

Bowles co-founded the Dallas Entrepreneur Center as a place for entrepreneurs to learn how to start and grow their businesses. Under his leadership, the DEC launched the Dallas Innovation Alliance, a public-private partnership to help build a Smart Cities solution in the Texas town.

Bowles’ work with entrepreneurs goes well beyond the DEC. Working with the non-profit Startup America Partnership, he guided high-growth startups to further prosperity. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University, where he launched an entrepreneurship program.

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