1 Million Cups
1 Million Cups Dallas is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation and housed at The DEC in Dallas, 1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Every session, 2 or 3 start-ups pitch their businesses, and receive live, candid feedback and questions from the audience.
The DEC EDU is a series of classes taught by local business leaders and experienced subject matter experts on topics that are necessary for entrepreneurs to know to make their businesses successful. Whether that be “How to Legally Incorporate Your Business” or “How to Develop a Marketing and PR Strategy for a Startup”, or even “How to Understand Financial Documents”, The DEC provides a series of two-hour long courses that will offer entrepreneurs the ability to have an interactive conversation with the DEC EDU teachers providing the opportunity to directly apply the learnings in these classes to the entrepreneur’s business. There is often a nominal fee to attend these trainings.
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center’s Ambassador Program is a volunteer network created to give individuals the ins and outs of working with startups, provides leadership opportunities for those wanting to help support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Dallas, and be a great networking tool to connect volunteers within the startup community. Volunteer ambassadors assist with promoting and educating the public about programs and offerings in the startup community. DEC Ambassadors share in the DEC values and mission of creating a collaborative ecosystem by supporting talent and innovation in the area. The Ambassador Program is more than a volunteer program. It’s a chance to take a leadership role in the entrepreneur community and to build on to your resume.
At The DEC, we believe that a necessary component for the growth of a business is finding the right mentor(s) who has particular domain experience in their industry focus. It is through the combination of encouragement, mentorship, and accountability that we provide key tools that are essential to the success of our companies. Whiteboard Sessions are open for DEC members and non-members for free. Non-members who wish to work at The DEC for the day must purchase a co-working Day Pass. You can find a list of available mentors, expertise areas, and the times and dates they are holding office hours here