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DEC Mentor Program Info Session

Join The DEC Network virtually as we celebrate the one year anniversary of our mentoring program. Learn about the program, get more information about mentoring entrepreneurs, and hear mentoring success stories from current mentors/mentees. You\’ll also get a chance to network with other subject matter experts, business owners and entrepreneurs following the event.

The State of Entrepreneurship presented by The DEC Network

Back for its seventh year, The State of Entrepreneurship presented by The DEC Network has become a tradition for celebrating the people, places and passions that keep the North Texas startup ecosystem thriving. The entire community comes out to cheer on the launches, fundings, exits and overall wins of the entrepreneurial community from the past year.

This year’s event takes place Wednesday, May 5, both in-person and virtually. Attendees will hear from the Dallas Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship – including Mayor Eric Johnson and other members – as well as city officials, Fortune 500 executives and founders of some of 2020’s breakout small businesses. Trey Bowles, co-chair of the Task Force and co-founder of The DEC Network, will emcee the event.

Dallas Startup Week Series | Jasmine Fain

Get a preview of what\’s to come at #DSW21 during our Dallas Startup Week Series! Please join us virtually as we kick off our Dallas Startup Week Series with Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Strategist, Jasmine Fain! She\’ll teach you how to scale your nonprofit\’s revenue like a tech startup during this informational webinar.

Find Your Truth: Kill Doubt Build Conviction | Rocky Garza

\”Doubt is dumb. I don’t like it. I don’t think that doubt is kind and I definitely don’t think that doubt cares about you. But then again, I think that’s what makes it doubt. It’s like a tiny little thief always with us secretly stealing the beauty, the wonder and the uniqueness inside each one of us.\” Join Rocky Garza as he walks us through a process of identifying doubt, uncovering truth and walking in the freedom of who we were created to be.

Speaker Series | Isaiah Stanback

With 2020 behind us and hope on the horizon, what do we as business owners do now? Some business continue to thrive because they responded to the pandemic by adjusting their business model or created a new idea to meet the needs of the community. But there are also businesses that seem stuck and are not sure how to respond or what to do next. To help answer this question, we can\’t wait to welcome Founder & CEO of Steadfast Fitness and Performance, and former player for the National Football League, Isaiah Stanback. Isaiah will discuss how he is moving forward as a business owner following a struggling year, as well as his entrepreneurial journey and advice to entrepreneurs. Don\’t miss out on this actionable event!

Disrupt Dallas Speaker Series | John Henry

Join us virtually as we welcome John Henry to our very first Disrupt Dallas Speaker Series! Help us kick off this series with Co-founder and Co-CEO at Loop, John Henry. Henry will be discussing his latest venture with Loop, his entrepreneurial background, his VC experience, and so much more. Don\’t miss out on this engaging event!

Sharing Her Story | A Panel with Female Entrepreneurs

Join The DEC Network Associate Board virtually on March 31 for Sharing Her Story: A Panel with Female Entrepreneurs. In honor of Women\’s History Month, we\’ll welcome local women entrepreneurs, as well as representatives from Republic Cities Dallas to spotlight the crowdfunding platform and the successes Dallas startups have found on the platform to date.

Inclusive Innovation Summit

The 2021 Inclusive Innovation Summit is a premiere virtual event presented in partnership by the UT Dallas Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The DEC Network, QuTD, The Galerstein Gender Center, and Blackstone Launchpad & TechStars. This event will highlight individuals in underrepresented communities who have forged innovative careers, teach attendees how to create safe spaces in entrepreneurial culture, highlight companies who foster intersectionality between inclusion and innovation, and inspire future entrepreneurs and innovators. 

Women of Color Conference: Shaping the Future

LiftFund Dallas and San Antonio Women\’s Business Centers are excited to host the Women of Color: Shaping the Future Conference! The purpose of the day is to empower and strengthen minority women business owners so they can increase their earning potential, close the inequalities gap, and become successful entrepreneurs. Our women of color conference aims to bring people together to collectively elevate the voices of diverse women entrepreneurs and share how we, as a community, can continue leveling the financial playing field and lift women of color. Tickets for this virtual event are $15 per person.