Trey Bowles: Dallas is “Exploding” with Entrepreneurial Activity

March 20, 2014

8:57 am

The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .COCEARevolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! 

In two years, says Trey Bowles, Dallas will be the fastest-growing ecosystem in the country.

“What we’re really seeing is this explosion of entrepreneurial activity,” he says.

Bowles is the cofounder and CEO of The Dallas Entrepreneur Center, a coworking space and incubator where startups can work, collaborate, and learn. The incubator includes mentorship from organizations like the Kauffman Foundation, Microsoft, and the Mercury Fund.

Founded in 2013, the DEC’s goal is to help local entrepreneurs build their businesses and raise the profile of Dallas as an innovation hub. Dallas’s startup scene has been growing for quite a while, and the DEC hopes to accelerate that growth.

We sat down with Bowles at the .CO headquarters at SXSW to talk about his predictions for Dallas, what challenges stand in the way, and what makes Dallas unique. Here’s the video.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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