Darlene Boudreaux


Executive Director

Before joining TECH Fort Worth in 2006, Darlene was the founder and CEO of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company from 1994 to 2006. She successfully raised bank financing and private equity, applied for several patents, and negotiated licenses of her company’s technology. Under her direction,…

Gabriella Draney

Tech Wildcatters

Co-founder and Executive Director

Gabriella Draney Zielke is Cofounder and CEO of Tech Wildcatters, a Top 10 seed accelerator for technology startups. She recently co-founded and is also a Partner in Health Wildcatters, a healthcare based seed accelerator. Also a part of the Wildcatters family is the international…

Jennifer Conley

Dallas Entrepreneur Center


Jennifer Conley is the Co-Founder and VP of Programming for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC). As VP of Programming, Jennifer oversees the development and execution of the programs and events designed to help startups get to profitability faster. Previously, Jennifer served as the Director…

Kevin Strawbridge


VP, Global eCommerce

Kevin has built a career on three pillars/stages since graduating with a BBA & MS in Accounting. ❖ 1 – Accounting & Data – Kevin worked for two “busy” seasons with Deloitte & Touche as a staff auditor. Client work ranged from Fortune 500…

Kyle Taylor


Creator and co-founder

I’m Kyle Taylor, your friendly neighborhood web developer and community startup evangelist (amongst a million other things) in North Texas. I am a reformed Information Technology graduate, and now a web and mobile enthusiast in North Texas. I work with Drupal, love front-end development,…

Lauren Zeien

LaunchDFW/The Strategy Artists

Executive Director/ Founder

Executive Director of LaunchDFW, contributor to E! & Tech Cocktail, and grower of start-up businesses through marketing & business development.

Michael Sitarzewski

Epic Playground

Co-founder & CEO

Michael Sitarzewski is co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc. He is a veteran entrepreneur with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Sitarzewski considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life’s work. Michael is heavily involved in the Dallas, Texas startup…

Mike Orren



Media executive and entrepreneur who has successfully led startups and divisions of large corporations. At best when stakes are high, resources scarce and failure not an option.

Molly Cain

Tech Wildcatters

Executive Director

Molly Cain is the Executive Director of Tech Wildcatters, an internationally-known top 10 seed accelerator program. Prior to joining Tech Wildcatters, Molly co-founded ViewMarket (formerly HAUL), a video focused e-commerce startup with fellow entrepreneurs Alexander Muse and Robert Bennett. She is also a regular…

Rachel Gilliam

Punch Presence

Chief Visionary Officer

I love community. If there’s an opportunity to connect people with the right resources — whether that’s an employer, the right technology, or relevant information — I want to be a part of that. I grew up all over the states but landed in…

Tara Vornkahl

Dallas Regional Chamber

Manager of Innovation

Tara has an educational background in marketing and social media and a work history in Chamber and economic development environments, and she’s passionate about helping businesses (startups to corporations). Although still early in her career and continuing to learn the ropes of the economic landscape…

Trey Bowles

Dallas Entrepreneur Center

CEO & Co-founder

In June, 2013 Trey launched the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), a central location for entrepreneurs to learn how to start, build and grow businesses through training, education, mentorship, promotion, and capital investment. As Co-Founder and CEO, Trey leads strategy, vision, and drives the overall…

Vik Thapar

Cypress Growth Capital


Vik has sixteen years of experience spanning venture capital, private equity and information technology consulting. As a Principal with our firm, his responsibilities span all aspects of the investment lifecycle including identifying promising potential companies, conducting due diligence and providing ongoing support to portfolio…