Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation means different things to different people.  No matter how you or your company defines innovation, Tech Titans can connect you.

The Tech Titans Innovation Team works to improve and encourage high-tech entrepreneurship, innovation, and commercialization within the DFW Metroplex. The Team develops programs and hosts events throughout the year that focus on the latest high-tech industry topics and help enhance our member companies' ability to achieve competitive advantage. The meetings and activities are open to all Tech Titans members and prospective members.

Tech Titans members:  If you have interest in this committee, please contact Beth Kolman

For Tech Titans membership information, contact VP of Member Services, Drew Snow

Questions?
Beth Kolman
Tech Titans Innovation Team staff
972-792-2817

Entrepreneurs

Tech Titans nurtures small tech businesses by providing networking, recognition, and promotion opportunities. Here are some resources to help our valued area entrepreneurs succeed in their endeavors.

Be sure to check with these partners when building your company as well:

Launch DFW
Tech Wildcatters
Health Wildcatters
RevTech Accelerator
TexChange

Texas Entrepreneur Networks

The Dallas BRAIN (Business Resource and Information Network)

Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship @UT Dallas

Dallas Women Entrepreneurs 

Dallas Entrepreneur Center 

Capital Factory

Entrepreneurs Organization

Tech Fort Worth

Member companies

HR & Staffing
Legal services
Accounting and financial services
Marketing and promotional services

Accelerators/Incubators

Accelerators and incubators are some of the many initiatives used for entrepreneurship development. Entrepreneurs need training and technical assistance and these organizations aid entrepreneurs by giving them access to:

  • Equipment
  • Funding
  • Mentoring
  • Rental space
  • Flexible leases
  • Shared basic business services and equipment
  • Technology support services
  • Assistance in obtaining the financing necessary to grow

An accelerator generally takes a small percentage of equity in  externally driven ideas in exchange for small amounts of capital and coaching.  Accelerator programs are typically 3-6 months.

An incubator usually requires a longer time commitment and can prepare entrepreneurs for an accelerator.  These programs help the entrepreneur vet, validate and refine their solution.

Some are non-profit, while others may charge fees and/or acquire some equity in ventures in exchange for their services. A business incubator’s goal is to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable and freestanding.

UT Dallas Venture Development Center https://centers.utdallas.edu/venture/

Code Launch https://www.codelaunch.com/

Collide Village https://collidevillage.com/

DFW Excellerator http://www.dfwexcellerator.com/

Tech Wildcatters
Health Wildcatters
RevTech Accelerator

Federal Resources

From tax advice to government contracting, government-funded agencies like the Small Business Administration are increasing outreach to entrepreneurs. Recently, the SBA opened up one of its newer programs, the Business Gateway Program. The program involves the first government-sponsored online community built for the sole purpose of aiding entrepreneurs. It combines:

  • discussion threads
  • blogs
  • resource articles
The forum is designed to encourage interaction between business owners and government employees.
Traditionally, the SBA has offered a diverse wealth of advice for entrepreneurs, including:
  • Technical Assistance (Training & Counseling)
  • Financial Assistance
  • Contracting Assistance
  • Disaster Assistance Recovery
  • Special Interests Groups Assistance
  • Advocacy, Laws & Regulations
  • Civil Rights Compliance

North Texas Small Business Development Center http://ntsbdc.org/

Collin Small Business Development Center http://collinsbdc.com/

SCORE https://dallas.score.org/content/about—Dallas SCORE provides no-cost, confidential business counseling offered by volunteers who are real-world professionals.  The Richardson Chamber of Commerce hosts a SCORE volunteer in its office every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Please call 972-279-2800 for an appointment.

Innovation Resources (Courtesy of Dr. David Ricketts, The Innovator's Forum)

Disruptive Innovation (Clay Christensen)

Creativity (Teresa Amabile)

Possibility Thinking - Nintendo (Concept of non-customers)

People (Design) Thinking (IDEO version)

Business model innovation