DALLAS — We have all seen a product or a enterprise and thought, “I want I got here up with that!” Properly, in the event you do have an awesome thought however you do not know what to do about it, there’s a company based mostly in Dallas that desires to offer you training, mentorship, and connections to investors–for free!
Welcome to the Dallas Entrepreneur Heart. Self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur” Trey Bowles began the operation 5 years in the past to offer again to the Dallas group and assist individuals get their enterprise concepts off the bottom.
“If you’re round different people who find themselves going by way of the identical factor or have gone by way of the identical issues, it is extraordinarily empowering to know that you just’re actually no completely different than anybody else,” says Bowles. “Mark Cuban, who’s seen nice success, in some unspecified time in the future did not know what he was doing, however he is discovered and he is grown.”
The Dallas Entrepreneur Heart relies in downtown Dallas’ Historic West Finish and affords a free communal workspace and rentable workplace house for these in search of a extra in-depth expertise (it has additionally unfold to a number of different places in and across the metropolis as demand for its providers has elevated). Many of the DEC’s weekly and month-to-month applications are free, together with a weekly occasion known as “One Million Cups” at which individuals can pitch their concepts to a crowd and get optimistic suggestions, like a no-pressure model of the tv present “Shark Tank.”
“One of the best ways to become involved is simply to return in and throw your self into it,” recommends Bowles.
Gouzia Sivarajah lately took that recommendation.
When she was 12 years outdated she noticed a blind individual hit his head on a tree department, inflicting her to surprise why, on this age of technological development, blind individuals nonetheless had to make use of canes to get round. That led her to develop a system of wearable sensors she calls “Motion Help for the Visually Impaired,” or MAVI, for a science honest. Now on the ripe outdated age of 15, she has created an organization to promote the product (with a portion of every sale going to charity) and is in search of funding so as to add options like facial recognition and mass-produce it. She attended a One Million Cups occasion to get suggestions and begin making connections, and he or she’s joyful she did.
“It’s extremely useful,” says the Frisco Heritage pupil. “You may bounce concepts off of one another, and it is very welcoming.”
When Bowles boasts about bringing in large weapons to assist individuals, he isn’t exaggerating. The DEC lately hosted Steve Case, who co-founded America On-line and at the moment runs Revolution, an organization that invests in startups to attempt to construct the following large factor. Case says it is nice when cities can reel in large present corporations, like DFW is attempting to do with Amazon’s proposed second headquarters, however creating home-grown concepts is simply as vital if no more so.
“We have to again these entrepreneurs with enterprise capital and assist them set up companions to take that concept and actually assist scale it into a big enterprise that creates numerous jobs,” advises Case.
Hopefully the MAVI could be one of many subsequent large issues that makes Large D proud!