Yesterday the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) announced that they will partner with Comerica Bank for The Dallas Entrepreneur Center’s North Texas Business Pitch Contest, their annual business competition. Comerica Bank will be the presenting sponsor of the contest and provide the full amount of prize winnings of $50,000 as well as in-kind support to further The DEC’s efforts in North Texas.
The announcement comes on the one year anniversary of The DEC, which was established in June 2013 to provide a business support structure for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial hopefuls. And over the course of the last year The DEC has provided entrepreneurs education, training, programming, events, collaborative space, access to capital, and promotion.
“Comerica shares our commitment to helping the entrepreneurial community be successful, so a partnership with this premier local business bank makes perfect sense,” says Trey Bowles, co-founder and CEO of The DEC. “We’ll shed light on the entrepreneurs whose ideas and enthusiasm will help drive the North Texas economy for years to come.”
The DEC’s North Texas Business Pitch Contest will feature online applications, celebrity judges, and a final ‘Top 4’ pitch contest later this year. Applications will open for the contest on July 1, 2014, and further details are soon to be announced.
“Comerica is committed to North Texas and to supporting the entrepreneurs and other businesses that are the backbone of the Texas economy,” said J. Patrick Faubion, president, Comerica Bank-Texas Market. “As a bank that has a stake in the future of our region, we are proud to make this investment in The DEC, and in the North Texas communities we serve.”