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
Tech Titans Innovation Team staff
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.
Read an article on Dallas Innovates about the innovation ecosystem.
Be sure to check with these partners when building your company as well:
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:
- 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.
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/
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
- resource articles
- 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)