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Startup Champions Network Wrap-up Durham, NC

From April 4-6, members of the HSC Next team attended the Startup Champions Network conference in Durham, NC. This group convenes twice a year to collaborate on this burgeoning career field of entrepreneurial ecosystem building as an economic development strategy.  At this Summit, the content was focused heavily on DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion). The Durham, NC, entrepreneurial ecosystem has done an incredible job supporting DEI initiatives. The leading ecosystem resource organizations are all bought in on the concept and it defines their approach to economic development and ecosystem building. It is baked into their approach from the start as opposed to...

The Age of the SHE-cosystem!

Have you ever heard the term “women rule the world”?  Of course you have, and if not, tadaaahhh, today is your day!  What an awesome time to be a woman!  As we look at the landscape and how the professional scope is changing, it is important for us to know and understand how we fit into the fold of what some may call….The SHE-cosystem.  As life evolves and the landscape of the workplace changes, taking on additional tasks, assuming higher positions and taking on life’s everyday challenges can become a bit overwhelming at times.  As tradition would have it, women tend...

5 Things to Know About the New Techstars Accelerator in Fort Worth

As you may have seen in the news recently, Fort Worth is now the home of a Techstars accelerator program that will bring startup companies to Fort Worth to help them grow and bring innovations in physical healthcare. This is big news for Fort Worth as our city was the largest city in the country that did not have an accelerator program like this, which invests directly in the companies and recruits the best of the best companies from around the world. But, accelerator programs are not well-known in our area. And, Techstars has not had much of a presence in...

GEW Fort Worth 2021 Overview

For the second year in a row, GEW Fort Worth was the largest GEW chapter in the USA with 135 sessions and over 4,700 attendees. After going fully virtual in 2020, our organizing team took the pulse of our community and determined that there was an appetite for both in-person and virtual events in 2021.

A look at Sparkyard in 2021

Sparkyard held its grand opening during the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Week. We thought this would be a great opportunity to see how 2021 shook down with some general stats and entrepreneurial assistance.  Total number of off topic YouTube videos watched during meetings: 528  Total number of website Users: 10,812 (52% increase from 2020) Fun Fact: With the exception of the United States, the top 3 countries that have  interacted with our website are The Philippines, India and China.  Total Sparkyard Pageviews: 30,759 (27% increase from 2020) Fun Fact: With the exception of the Sparkyard homepage, the top 3 most   viewed pages on the website are:  Business Entity Types  Calendar  Resource Navigator   Total Published Blogs: 36 Sparkyard had the opportunity to have 4 guest authors in 2021. Number of blog views: 3,967 (33% increase from 2020) Fun Fact: Fort...

2021 GEW Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss!

This annual event gives residents a chance to get to know Fort Worth’s local community of innovators, while also providing aspiring entrepreneurs with a variety of informative sessions and networking opportunities. Participants can take part in-person and virtually. Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) returns to Fort Worth Sunday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Nov. 12. This popular event offers a variety of workshops, panel discussions, informational sessions and networking events that showcase Fort Worth’s entrepreneurship community while also engaging with larger industry trends. During 2020, Fort Worth’s Global Entrepreneurship Week was the largest celebration of its kind in the world with 93 sessions, more than...

Business Relocation Spotlight: SmartAction

Gary Davis, the President and CEO of SmartAction, recently made an appearance on the Innovate Fort Worth podcast to discuss his company’s relocation to Fort Worth.  SmartAction uses artificial intelligence – or rather, algorithmic intelligence – to improve companies’ customer service. A “virtual agent” is trained to engage with customers in specific ways that are entirely driven by that customer’s typed or spoken response – think of it like an algorithmic “choose your own adventure” of solutions and answers to customer problems.   Gary had hoped to return to his Texas roots after running SmartAction from El Segundo, California, for several years, he...