The 5 Hottest Events at Dallas Startup Week

No startup is an island. Surviving the business world takes more than a good idea and a quality team. If you want to see your idea come to fruition, you’re going to need support from your local ecosystem. Whether it’s capital or mentoring, your startup can’t succeed without a little help from your community. Fortunately, events like Dallas Startup Week are designed to provide exactly that.

This week at Dallas Startup Week powered by Chase for Business, the stunning Texas city will play host to a bevy of startup founders, entrepreneurs, and local influencers in hopes of spurring innovation. Participants will be lucky enough to enjoy a full schedule of enlightening talks, helpful mentor sessions, and enough startup knowledge to change the way you think about business.

All the action will take place at Chase Basecamp, the hub for activities at Dallas Startup Week. You’ll be able to find Chase Basecamp in the heart of downtown Dallas at St. Paul Place, also known as the D Magazine building on Ross.

With such a full schedule, it’s going to be hard to decide where to go. Fortunately, we’ve listed out a few of the top events on each day so you won’t miss out on any of the fun. Check out the events below and get excited for a week of entrepreneurial experiences:

Monday, April 3rd – Fireside Chat with Paul Bettner, Co-Creator of Words with Friends

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to watch a fireside chat with special guest Paul Bettner, who co-created the popular mobile game, Words with Friends, and founded PLAYFUL CORP.

You can also head on over to Top Success Stories of Dallas Entrepreneurs: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly to see Tech.Co’s own Frank Gruber discuss entrepreneurial success stories that will inspire you to get out there and innovate.

If you’re looking for a little mentoring, Dallas Business Journal Presents: Bizwomen Mentoring Monday is where you want to be. The event will offer attendees the opportunity to choose from over 45 mentors who are the most influential women in the community.

Before that, make sure to stop by the Basecamp Breakfast to fuel up before the week begins. Also, don’t forget to make an appearance at the Salesforce Happy Hour and DSW Launch Party that night.

Tuesday, April 4th – Fireside Chat with Patrick Lee, Founder of Rotten Tomatoes

Stop by this exciting fireside chat with special guest Patrick Lee! Patrick is the founder and former CEO of Rotten Tomatoes, a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news and one of the top 600 most trafficked sites in the world!

After that, don’t forget to hit up the important talk titled Five Steps to Use Diversity & Inclusion to Improve Your Bottom Line, which will cover how to hire, retain, evaluate pay, offer flexible benefits, and build a diverse workforce.

Wednesday, April 5th – Questions Answered: VCs in DFW

Bring your hardest fundraising questions and join this interactive discussion with 5 influential local venture capitals who will share their thoughts on the state of Dallas’ ecosystem, raising capital, and what Dallas needs to do to attract even more dollars.

Before that, make sure to stop by the Fireside Chat with Seth Priebatsch, Chief Ninja at LevelUp. After that, head on over to the 4th Annual State of Entrepreneurship to find out what’s taken place over the last year in the Dallas Startup Community!

Thursday, April 6th – Production Film, Video, and Music: Top Producers in the Industry

Join the Dallas Startup Week team for an interactive experience to learn the in’s and out’s of renting a studio, how to get your music on TV, and how you can it make it on your own.

After that, head on over to Ethical Fashion On the Rise + Rachel Zoe Style Box Party to enjoy interactive experience filled with shopping, music, cocktails, sweet treats, appetizers, giveaways, and more.

Friday, April 7th – Real Estate Tech Startup Fair 

At this event, you’ll see a number of Dallas-based real estate tech startups brought together in one room to show off their technology. Come to see their products, learn about job opportunities, and network in the industry.

chase for businessThis article is part of a Startup Week content series brought to you by CHASE for BUSINESS. Startup Week is celebration of entrepreneurs in cities around the globe. CHASE for BUSINESS is everything a business needs in one place, from expert advice to valuable products and services. Find business news, stories, insights and expert tips all in one place at Read the rest of our Startup Week series.

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Conor is the Lead Writer for For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at
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