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BIG iDEA Dallas’ Demo Day Showcase Will Help Fund Burgeoning Black Entrepreneurs’ Business Concepts

BIG iDEA Dallas’ Demo Day Showcase Will Help Fund Burgeoning Black Entrepreneurs’ Business Concepts

BIG iDEA Dallas, a seven-week intensive program designed to help propel Black founders from an idea to a successful, market-validated business concept in an effort to spur underrepresented business funding and growth, will have a Demo Day from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at The DEC@Redbird. The event is open to members of the public, who are encouraged to come out and support these burgeoning entrepreneurs.

The event, hosted by The DEC@Redbird, which administers the program sponsored by Charles Schwab and North Dallas Bank & Trust Co., will feature 11 budding entrepreneurs competing in a business expo and showcase with an audience of Dallas-based investors. The first-place winner will have the honor of being the BIG iDEA Dallas champion and will receive up to $3,500 in funding for their business.

In the program, which began Sept. 16, participants have taken a deep dive into the innovation process through market research and competitive analysis, while receiving counsel from well-established business leaders who helped these emerging entrepreneurs develop a thoroughly validated business concept. Demo Day will connect these founders to local investors who can help them launch and grow their businesses.

“We know that less than 5% of startup funding is invested in underrepresented groups, and less than 3% of those funded are women-owned startups,” said Demetra Brown, senior director of The DEC Network. “Programs like BIG iDEA Dallas that are focused on helping Black entrepreneurs and other underrepresented groups grow have a big impact on our entrepreneurial ecosystem, which is the backbone of business in Dallas-Fort Worth.”

Demo Day participants include:

  • Alexandria Caesar’s RGXO Music Group is an innovative organization helping artists cultivate their talents while making money.
  • Chelsy Gray’s Adaya Beauty uses AI to analyze customers’ hair and skin conditions, then has beauty experts recommend safe, effective products.
  • De’Andra Roberts turns families’ life stories into books and videos by providing access to experienced interviewers and an intuitive questionnaire with her business, A Life to Share.
  • Estelle Monroe and Valerie Biggs want to connect students and young adults with professional organizations to help them start their career journeys via their Nethubb marketplace.
  • Jaylon Smith is creating a peer-to-peer social platform designed to help locals find and connect with each other based on professions, skills and common interests.
  • Kayla Briggs uses oils derived from fruits and spices to create natural feminine care products.
  • Teah Brooks wants people to be able to find their true passions through video gaming.
  • Miles Robinson provides a completely clean and efficient mobile grooming service to the busy, working man in DFW, educating men on health via convenient self-care.

Following the program, participants will have access to mentorship, the DEC@Redbird membership and exclusive networking hours.

For more information, go to thedec.co.

What: BIG iDEA Dallas: Demo Day
When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28
Where: The DEC@Redbird, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road, #2044, Dallas, TX 75237
Cost: Free
Register: https://thedec.brushfire.com/demo-day/518213
Information: info@redbirddec.com

About the DEC Network

The DEC Network is a 501c3 non-profit organization driving innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs start, build, and grow their businesses. Since 2013, it has launched a number of innovation hubs across DFW that provide entrepreneurs with education, mentorship, community, and advocacy.