Online Guide Provides Resources for Dallas Entrepreneurs
The Dallas innovation economy is enormous, and is expanding daily. Navigating it can be daunting – for new and seasoned business innovators alike. To aid them, the Dallas Regional Chamber and Capital One have joined forces to create a central resource of information and connections to help innovators create the next big thing. In conjunction with Dallas Innovates, the DRC and Capital One teams partnered to better understand the needs of the community and then designed and developed a solution – the Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation Guide.
“We envision this guide as playing a key role in connecting the region’s skilled, growing workforce with start-ups, mid-size companies and the 22 Fortune 500 companies with headquarters or major operations here,” said DRC Senior Vice President of Research and Innovation, Duane Dankesreiter. “Our success as a region depends on the ability of our individuals, organizations and companies to innovate in the digital space and beyond.”
The Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation Guide contains a trove of invaluable information for connecting entrepreneurs with the mentors, capital and support system they need to take their enterprises to the next level. The guide links visitors to more than 50 start-up funding sources; more than 190 creative hubs, co-working spaces and innovation labs; and more than 100 sources of information, pitch events and professional development groups.
Capital One’s involvement in the guide comes with the firm’s 2015 launch of Future Edge, an initiative that pledged $150 million over five years to help prepare more Americans with the skills, tools and resources needed to succeed in an ever-changing, digitally driven economy.
“Capital One is committed to help make North Texas a region known for innovation,” said Karen Stroup, Senior Vice President, Head of the Garage, Capital One Financial Services. “Because of this commitment, our associates provided pro bono expertise on the startup guide to create an enjoyable digital experience to navigate the people and places that are reimagining our communities.”
Source: Dallas Regional Chamber