December 4, 2013
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) last night celebrated their national launch at a special event, the ‘State of Entrepreneurship in Dallas: View from the DEC,’ held by the founders. Amidst the partying, the DEC introduced new projects and partnerships dedicated to empowering Dallas’ entrepreneurial community further.
Officially launched in June 2013, in only six months the DEC has brought in over 70 startups to work from their facility. Of those 70 companies, 30 have completed launches, and to date the DEC has received over 130 membership applications to average adding three new companies each week.
To build upon its rapid growth and success, the DEC announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Specifically, this signing will create a resource initiative with information exchanges and other tailored programs designed to educate local entrepreneurs on the effectiveness of intellectual property protection.
Additionally, the DEC released details regarding a new partnership agreement with the City of Dallas to provide support and insight on matters involving the startup environment. This includes the proposed Entrepreneur Village, which also aims to provide centralized resources for Dallas entrepreneurs.
To put the icing on the cake, the DEC announced that they are preparing to open source all of their educational materials including all course content, curriculums, and programming around its incubator concept on GitHub. This directly aligns with GitHub’s own mission to support and encourage the sharing of more non-code related open source projects online.
“As we continue to drive efforts to equip entrepreneurs in our community, we do so knowing that champions like the USPTO, the City of Dallas and countless others, stand with us in our desire to help others realize their entrepreneurial dreams while contributing to efforts that stimulate job growth and drive our local economy,” says Trey Bowles, CEO and co-founder, The DEC.
Whether it’s creating jobs to trigger economic growth or generating local revenue, the value of startup companies can be readily witnessed across the country. And the DEC will continually strive to blend valuable online and offline resources to deliver direct access to education and guidance needed to build a successful startup.
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