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Dallas is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Dallas Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Dallas Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Dallas Founder Institute and local leaders: Lyndon MoutonMartin Martinez, and Molly Walsh.

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to build a startup in Dallas? Then apply to the Dallas Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

  • Dallas Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
    1. Dallas Innovates
    2. Dallas Startup News
    3. North Texas Inno
    4. Startup Digest Dallas
    5. The DEC Network Blog
  • Inspirational Dallas Startup Events: Open, inclusive startup events that often focus on ideation. (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
    1. Dallas Digital Identity Tech Talk
    2. Dallas EntrepreneHER
    3. Dallas Startup Businesses Meetup
    4. Dallas Startup Week
    5. Girls in Tech Dallas
    6. Startup Nation Dallas
    7. Startup Toastmasters
    8. Startup Weekend DFW
    9. Tech in Motion: Dallas
    10. TEDxSMU
    11. Troops N Tech
    12. Women In Tech Connect
    13. Women Who Code Dallas/Ft. Worth

B. Educate

  • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing tech events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire).
    1. #ILOCC
    2. 1 Million Cups
    3. Agile-DevOps: DFW Chapter
    4. Big Foresight
    5. BigDOCC
    6. Dallas Sensor & IoT Technology Meetup
    7. Dallas Startup Board
    8. EpIC Mavs
    9. IoT Nation Dallas
    10. IoT Texas
    11. North Dallas Business Startups
    12. Startup Arlington
    13. Startup Founder 101 Dallas
    14. Startup Grind Dallas
    15. Tech Talent South DAL
    16. Tech Trends Training & Talks
    17. Women Advancing Technology Together
    18. Women in Filmmaking Technology Dallas
  • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development events and startup bootcamps for entrepeneurs. (Includes comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)
    1. Accelerate DFW Foundation Startup Bootcamp
    2. Access Silicon Valley Dallas
    3. Codeup
    4. Coding Dojo
    5. Coding Dojo Dallas Meetup
    6. Coding Temple
    7. Colaberry
    8. Dallas .NET Users' Group
    9. Dallas Apache Kafka Meetup by Confluent
    10. Dallas Business Startup Meetup
    11. Dallas IT Community
    12. Dallas Legal Innovation and Technology Meetup
    13. Dallas Startup: Idea to IPO
    14. Dallas Startup Happy Hour
    15. Dallas Technology Meetup
    16. Data Science Applications Community (DSAC) - Dallas
    17. Devmountain
    18. DFW SaaS Founders Group
    19. Divergence Academy
    20. Emerging Tech DFW
    21. EpicU
    22. Founder Institute
    23. Galvanize
    24. General Assembly
    25. Health Technology Forum: Dallas
    26. Lean Startup Circle Dallas/Fort Worth
    27. Lean Startup Machine
    28. Martechify
    29. Microsoft Tech Talks - North Texas
    30. New Technology - Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategy
    31. North Dallas Agile Product Owners Meetup
    32. Nucamp
    33. ODSC Dallas Data Science
    34. ODSC West 2020 Virtual Bootcamp
    35. Per Scholas
    36. Product School Dallas Meetup
    37. ProductTank DFW
    38. Scaled Agile DFW
    39. Scaling Agile
    40. She's Coding Dallas
    41. SMU Boot Camps
    42. Tech Talent South
    43. The DEC Meetup
    44. Thinkful
    45. Thinkful Dallas Meetup

C. Validate

  • Team Formation: Events for Finding Co-founders in Dallas.  (i.e. tech networking events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
    1. Black Women Startup Founders
    2. CoFoundersLab
    3. Dallas Startup & Tech Mixer
    4. Dallas Women Entrepreneurs
    5. Dallas Young Professionals
    6. DFW Entrepreneurs Club
    7. Ellevate
    8. Entrepreneurs' Organization Dallas
    9. eWomen Network
    10. Founder2be
    11. GeekMeet Dallas
    12. Immigrant Entrepreneur Network
    13. Innovative Entrepreneurs & Startups
    14. WHW2N Dallas
  • Build First Product: Hackathons & product events in Dallas.
    1. ACME Creation Lab
    2. CMD+CTRL - Cyber Range Hackathon
    3. Code for Dallas
    4. Dallas Fort Worth Hackathons
    5. Dallas Immersive Design and Development - AR/VR/MR
    6. Dallas Innovation Meetup
    7. Dallas Makerspace
    8. Dallas Software Developers
    9. Dallas Tech & Entertainment - Workshops & Competitions
    10. DFW Data Engineering Meetup
    11. DFW Hardware Startups
    12. DFW Legal Hackers
    13. EarthxHack 2020
    14. HackDFW
    15. HackerNest Dallas-Fort Worth Tech Socials
    16. HackUTD
    17. Hello World Initiative - a Community of Coders
    18. Plano Software Entrepreneurs Meetup
    19. Route360 Technology Group
    20. Texas Healthcare Challenge
    21. TheLab.ms
    22. UTD Makerspace
    23. WEHack

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

  • Establish: Dallas law firms & banks for startups
    1. Amegy Bank
    2. Bank of America
    3. Bank of Texas
    4. BB&T Bank
    5. BBVA Compass
    6. Capital One Bank
    7. Chase Bank
    8. Comerica Bank
    9. Dallas Capital Bank
    10. Dentons
    11. Egan Nelson
    12. Frost Bank
    13. Greenberg Traurig
    14. Hillcrest Bank
    15. Inventus Law
    16. Jackson Walker
    17. Janik Vinnakota LLP
    18. Jasso Lopez PLLC
    19. Lloyd & Mousilli
    20. Michael E. Young Law Firm
    21. North Dallas Bank & Trust
    22. Pegasus Bank
    23. Perkins Coie
    24. PlainsCapital Bank
    25. Prosperity Bank
    26. Regions Bank
    27. Saha Legal
    28. Silicon Valley Bank
    29. Stacy Cole Law
    30. State Bank of Texas
    31. Tadlock & Associates
    32. Texas Capital Bank
    33. United Texas Bank
    34. Vela Wood
    35. Veritex Bank
    36. Wells Fargo
  • Dallas Workspaces: Co-working and flexible workspaces for startups in Dallas.
    1. Addison TreeHouse
    2. Business Lounge Dallas
    3. Capital Factory
    4. CityCentral
    5. Colab
    6. Common Desk
    7. Elevate DTX
    8. Fat Bear Coworking
    9. GeniusDen
    10. Good Coworking
    11. Hana
    12. Industrious
    13. Novel Coworking
    14. Redbird
    15. Serendipity Labs
    16. Spaces
    17. The DEC Network
    18. The Mix Creative Space
    19. Wax Space
    20. WeWork
    21. Work 214

B. Develop

  • Formalize: Dallas accounting, development and HR tools for early-stage startups.  
    1. Accunity
    2. Aezion
    3. AppVerticals
    4. Argos InfoTech
    5. BIT Studios
    6. GTN Technical Staffing
    7. Gummer Group LLC
    8. Hall Accounting
    9. HUNTER Technical Resources
    10. Jason M. Tyra, CPA, PLLC
    11. JumpGrowth
    12. Launchnova
    13. Lucas Group
    14. Mondo
    15. Ntelicor
    16. SevenTablets
    17. Shamshiri CPA Group
    18. Smith & Smith CPAs
    19. Sparkfish
    20. Steven E Miller CPA Firm
    21. Talentfoot
    22. The InSource Group
    23. Velocis
  • Dallas Incubators: Groups that prepare companies for seed investment and provide advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources)
    1. Addison TreeHouse
    2. Capital Factory
    3. Collide Village
    4. Dallas Startups
    5. GeniusDen
    6. Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator
    7. NTEC
    8. SATUS
    9. TechFW
    10. The Cedars Union
    11. The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
    12. The SMU Incubator
    13. UTD Venture Development Center

C. Launch

  • Dallas Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
    1. AccelerateNFC
    2. CodeLaunch
    3. DFW Excellerator
    4. GroundFloor Startup Accelerator
    5. Health Wildcatters
    6. Impact Ventures Accelerator
    7. NTEC Accelerator
    8. RevTech Ventures Accelerator
    9. SKU DFW
    10. Tech Wildcatters
  • Pitch & Demo Events: Tech events that showcase Dallas startups for investment.
    1. CodeLaunch Startup Competition
    2. Global Founder Showcase
    3. Pitchocracy
    4. SoGal Global Pitch Competition
    5. TiE Women of Dallas Pitch Competition
    6. UT Dallas Big Idea Competition
    7. Venture Dallas

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

  • Dallas Investor Networking: Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors vs. angels)
    1. Ambassadors Impact Network
    2. Angel Investment Network
    3. Cowtown Angels
    4. Dallas Angel Network
    5. Golden Seeds
    6. North Texas Angel Network
    7. Pipeline Angels
    8. Southwest Venture Forum
    9. Texas Investment Network
    10. TiE Dallas
  • Major Media: Mainstream local business press that often showcase local startups.
    1. ABC DFW
    2. CBS DFW
    3. D CEO
    4. Dallas Business Journal
    5. Dallas Morning News
    6. Fort Worth Business Press
    7. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    8. FOX 4
    9. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
    10. North Dallas Business News
    11. North Dallas Gazette

B. Funding

  • Dallas Angel Investors: Seed-stage investors and micro-vcs.
    1. Aaron Gathmann
    2. Adrian Ong
    3. Alex Chang
    4. Arthur Veytsman
    5. David Evans
    6. David Hunt
    7. David Kiger
    8. David Sym-Smith
    9. Gabriella Draney Zielke
    10. Hubert Zajicek
    11. James Jarrett
    12. Kevin Moore
    13. Mark Cuban
    14. Mike Courtney
    15. Nathan Hanks
    16. Raju Indukuri
    17. Richard Winston
    18. Rick Ochet
    19. Roger Chang
    20. Ross Blankenship
    21. Ryan Scripps
    22. Sam Paulos
    23. Shubh Agarwal
    24. Stephen Hays
    25. Tahir Hussain
    26. Trey Mosier
  • Dallas Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
    1. Align Capital Partners
    2. ARISTOS VENTURES
    3. Bayless Capital
    4. Bios Partners
    5. Blossom Street Ventures
    6. Cerium Technology Ventures
    7. Cypress Growth Capital
    8. Dallas Venture Partners
    9. Delta-v Capital
    10. Founder Equity
    11. Gauge Capital
    12. Goldcrest Capital
    13. Green Park & Golf Ventures
    14. Intelis Capital
    15. Interlock Partners
    16. Mark Cuban Companies
    17. Mobility Ventures
    18. Perot Jain
    19. Plutus21
    20. RevTech Ventures
    21. Satori Capital
    22. Texas Mezzanine Fund
    23. Texas Ventures
    24. Trive Capital
    25. What If Ventures

C. Growth

  • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. 42Floors
    2. Agile Premier
    3. Allstate
    4. Farmers Insurance
    5. Frederickson Partners
    6. Hopkins HR
    7. Instant Offices
    8. LiquidSpace
    9. LoopNet
    10. Motion Recruitment
    11. Nationwide Insurance
    12. OfficeSpace
    13. Progressive Insurance
    14. Ratliff Insurance Agency
    15. Regus
    16. SpringbokIT
    17. State Farm
    18. The Hartford
    19. Treyburn Human Resources Group
    20. vcfo
  • Expansion: Dallas Growth accelerators and consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. ABeam Consulting
    2. Accenture
    3. Alvarez & Marsal
    4. Aon
    5. Bain & Company
    6. Boston Consulting Group
    7. Bridgepoint Consulting
    8. Capgemini
    9. Cognizant
    10. Deloitte
    11. Egon Zehnder
    12. Ernst & Young
    13. FTI Consulting
    14. Gartner
    15. Grant Thornton
    16. Guidehouse
    17. Hill+Knowlton Strategies
    18. Kearney
    19. KPMG
    20. McKinsey & Company
    21. Mercer
    22. North Highland
    23. Oliver Wyman
    24. Protiviti
    25. PwC
    26. Sogeti
    27. Strive Consulting
    28. Tata Consultancy Services
    29. Willis Towers Watson

4. Dallas Startup Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. Antuit
  2. Armor Defense
  3. Bestow
  4. Blockparty
  5. Caregiver Inc.
  6. DataBank
  7. Elevate
  8. Gig Wage
  9. Hari Mari
  10. Hedera Hashgraph
  11. IPwe
  12. Linear Lab
  13. Mavenir
  14. Modo Payments
  15. Nepris
  16. o9 Solutions
  17. ONE Tech
  18. ParkHub
  19. Payrix
  20. Simpli.fi
  21. StackPath
  22. Taysha GTx
  23. Theatro
  24. Trivie
  25. Vinli
  26. ZeOmega

Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Dallas Startup Leaders

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

  1. Alexander Muse
  2. Bill Chinn
  3. Brian Hoang
  4. Bryan Chambers
  5. Christiana Yebra
  6. Clarisa Lindenmeyer
  7. Craig J. Lewis
  8. Daniel Black
  9. Dresden Goldberg
  10. Duane Dankesreiter
  11. Eric Griffin
  12. Hussain Manjee
  13. James McKinney
  14. Jennifer Conley
  15. Jennifer Sanders
  16. Jonathan Van
  17. Martín Martinez
  18. Molly Walsh
  19. Natalie (Fletcher) Pazera
  20. Nina Vaca
  21. Paul Nichols
  22. Trey Bowles
  23. Will Akins

2. Dallas Government Startup Resources

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
  2. Dallas Economic Development
  3. Dallas Innovation Alliance
  4. Dallas Regional Chamber
  5. Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  6. Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce
  7. North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
  8. North Texas Small Business Development Center Network
  9. Say Yes to Dallas
  10. SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office
  11. West Dallas Chamber of Commerce

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

  • Local Dallas Tech Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
    1. Dallas Baptist University
    2. Southern Methodist University
    3. Texas Christian University
    4. Texas Wesleyan University
    5. Texas Woman's University
    6. The University of Texas at Arlington
    7. The University of Texas at Dallas
    8. University of Dallas
    9. University of North Texas
    10. University of North Texas at Dallas
  • Dallas Tech Employers
    1. ACTIVE Network
    2. Amazon.com
    3. AppFolio
    4. AT&T
    5. Cisco
    6. Dell Technologies
    7. DXC Technology
    8. Ericsson
    9. Facebook
    10. General Electric
    11. Google
    12. Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    13. Huawei
    14. IBM
    15. InfoVision
    16. Intuit
    17. Microsoft
    18. Motorola Solutions
    19. Nokia
    20. Salesforce
    21. Samsung
    22. Siemens
    23. Solera
    24. Tellabs
    25. Telvista
    26. Texas Instruments
    27. Uber
    28. VMware
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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Dallas Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

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