Startup Next Dallas

    Wednesday, October 1 - November 5, 2014


  1. Program Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Facilitating Team

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Startup Next
Dallas

Wednesday, October 1 - November 5, 2014



Wednesday, October 1 - November 5, 2014
Program starts at 6:00 pm

The Treehouse 14681 Midway Rd. 2nd Floor
Addison, TX 75001


Applications have closed

Startup Next is the #1 startup pre-accelerator in the world

This fall, Startup Next Dallas will be holding its third program; building on the success of the first two programs (Fall 2013 and Sring 2014). 18 start-up teams have successfully navigated this course and created positive momentum both personally and professionally.

Our program has helped graduates get accepted into Techstars, 500 Startups, Imagine K12, AlphaLab and many other top accelerators. From the Spring 2014 class one team, UChilla, was selected nationally to participate in the First Look Demo Day in NYC.

If you are looking to apply for and get accepted into an accelerator, we can help. Startup Next will get your team focused on the progress needed to stand out from others applying through our framework of top-quality mentorship, content, and referrals to accelerators or investors.

During Startup Next, teams will:
  • Test their startup idea and team 
  • Get weekly hands-on mentorship & pitch coaching
  • Be held accountable and held to focus on important growth metrics
  • Grow their network of startup experts and other founders
Startup Next is an intense mentorship program consisting of 3 hour weekly (once a week) sessions for five weeks. Teams are expected to hustle outside the sessions and complete a small set of reporting deliverables each week in preparation for the mentorship.

What happens after the program finishes?
Following the program, Startup Next teams that have demonstrated their readiness and progress will have access to a number of value-added resources from the Startup Next global team.

In addition, the top three teams from the group (as selected by the mentors) will be guaranteed slots in the December 2014 Dallas New Tech event. Dallas New Tech ( #BigDNT ) is a monthly showcase event for new and exciting companies/technologies. The August event was attended by 150 local business people, investors, technologists, and influencers from the Dallas community.

The value-adds for alumni will be:
  • 2 day trip to Silicon Valley, that includes investor pitch events, networking events and learning sessions
  • Exposure through demo opportunities & special events
  • Introductions & referrals to accelerators or investors partners of Startup Next
  • Continued mentorship from successful entrepreneurs or domain experts in the startup space
  • Connections to potential customers looking to work with high quality and scaling startups
What is the cost to participate if accepted?
  • This program does not take any equity
  • There is a program fee of $200 per team member. Teams will only need to make a payment only after being accepted into the program
  • The program fee helps us cover the local logistics and support of volunteer mentors & facilitators. 
What are the application requirements?
  • Well Rounded Teams
    • 2-4 founders on team  (No solo founder teams accepted)
    • Teams must have a hacker/hustler combination
  • Big & Unique Idea
    • Startups must be working on a unique technology-enabled startup idea and attacking a big market
  • Progress or Current Traction
    • Evidence of execution - Some proof of an MVP needed as we want teams at more than just an idea stage
    • Problem/solution fit - Some level of previous customer validation already done and usage validation (users, revenue, LOIs, etc). We want teams we can help focus on getting closer to product/market fit
  • Team video
    • Video submissions are a good indicator of startups looking at this as an opportunity and will be willing to invest the time needed during the program




Program Schedule

Wednesday October 1st


6:00 pm
Opening Remarks
Startup Next opening presentation and program expectations


6:10 pm
Icebreaker
Fun icebreaker game to get everyone to know each other!


7:00 pm
Team Pitches
Teams presenting their elevator pitch and get feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors.


7:45 pm
Guest Speaker


8:15 pm
Networking

Wednesday October 8th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Customer Development, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Wednesday October 15th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Market Sizing, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Wednesday October 22nd


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - MVPs, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Wednesday October 29th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Product/Market Fit, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Wednesday November 5th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Fundability, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:30 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session


Speakers and Mentors


Paul Simpson
Business Guru and Investment Banker

Paul Simpson, is a British Investment Banker, Business Guru and Master Strategist now living in Dallas, Texas. Paul has won multiple international awards and recognition for his work, including between 2005 and 2008 being classed as one of Europe’s leading business mentors. With a passion around sales, systems, funding and leverage, Paul’s creative strategies can help any business owner achieve significantly more profit in much less time… and… have a strategy to have someone else run it for them! With access to significant numbers of investors, Paul also helps start-up and growing organizations build business plans and strategies to help them look as attractive as they can to his connections.


Michael Sitarzewski
CEO Epic Playground

Michael Sitarzewski is co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc. He is a veteran entrepreneur with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Sitarzewski considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life's work. Specialties: Innovation, vision, application design, conceptualization, usability, application development, mentorship, startups, personal finance, frugal living


Ali Mirza
Marketing Strategist & Founder @ i Social You

Ali Mirza is the founder of marketing agency called iSocialYou (www.iSocialYou). In the past Ali has worked with several mega brands and marketing agencies. He focuses on two important aspects of social media marketing, (1) building RIGHT type of engaging audience, (2) generating leads, sales & revenues. If you are a startup and trying to build an engaging social brand on low (or no) budget, talk to Ali.


James Blair
Founder & CEO @ LionsMouth Digital

As a serial entrepreneur, James' passion is to help companies effectively communicate their message online and to influence cultural change through the process. Before founding LionsMouth Digital, James was the CTO and then CEO of Karbon Speed, which he sold in 2013. His experience building a digital brand, optimizing for conversion, and successfully growing the company has led him to go full time into digital strategy and optimization through LionsMouth. James is a member at Watermark Community Church, and is an avid home brewer at Shadywood Creek Brewery.


Dale Gilliam
CEO, Troubadour Research & Consulting, LLC

Dale is the founder and CEO of Dallas-based Troubadour Research & Consulting. He has over 10 years of experience in marketing and research. He has a passion for data analysis, marketing strategy, and teaching in a clear language. Dale has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the University of Dallas where he concentrated on marketing strategy, consumer behavior, and data analytics. While he might say that market research is also his hobby, he does enjoy other things like traveling, playing racquetball, being outdoors, arguing about which Beatles song is the best ever, and hanging out with his wife and two dogs.


David Hess
Founder

David K. Hess (Dave) brings 20 years of executive management, software development, computer security, administration, networking and entrepreneurial experience and expertise to the founding of Data Bakery – delivering turn-key custom software services and solutions. Over the past 14 years, Dave has worked at four startups – founding two of them, being one of the first ten employees in the other two and serving as CTO in one. He has experience with large scale service delivery, telecommunication and software product development and what it takes to start and operate a company. At Data Bakery, Dave is applying his product development and startup experience to help others develop their own solutions.


Heather Nichols
Director For Business Development at WP Technologies Inc.; Founder/CEO of The Biz Fizz LLC

Rampantly successful in sales since 2001 and consulting in Dallas since May 2010, Heather Nichols has strengthened various small businesses by improving sales and marketing with processes and systems, in addition to team building. Past clients have been in home remodeling, legal, medical spa, financial, home health, advertising, fitness, real estate, and business and sales coaching industries.


Ed Lopategui
Founder, RevVision

Edward is a technology evangelist, entrepreneur, and aerospace engineer specialized in the software tools and technology which enable engineering, design and product development, specifically Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Product Data Management (PDM), Knowledge Management, and Computer Aided Design (CAD/CAE/CAM). Of his 18 years in industry, Edward spent the last 8 in enterprise consulting and as an intrapranuer, providing key business strategy for transformational engineering technology projects. Currently, Edward provides engineering consulting services, writes about engineering technology trends and is founder of RevVision, which aims to humanize document management and revision control.


Jeanine Connolly
Director of Marketing & Business Development

Jeanine Connolly is a marketing and communications strategist who has used PR to build brands in the US, Canada and Europe. After agency gigs in New York, she began working in ecommerce divisions of traditional companies navigating the early days of the Internet. Working with talented teams at Travelocity, JCPenney and Viacom during periods of unprecedented change, Jeanine developed expertise working with executives and companies experiencing rapid transitions and growth including mergers & acquisitions, internal communications and change management.


Stuart Leudan
Mentor

Stuart Leudan has served as President of Astarte, Inc., and KFLP Technology, LLC Colorado technology incubators, managers and venture capital firms since 1994. He has been General Counsel for portfolio companies in diverse sectors, including software development, telecommunications, fiber optics, real estate development and manufacturing. His experience includes transactions in the United States, Asia, South America and Europe. He maintains active law licenses in New York and Wyoming. Prior to joining Astarte, he was Real Estate Counsel to a major real estate syndication company. During his tenure at Security Pacific Finance Corp., he established both a workout department and a construction-lending department in the Resort and Real Estate Finance Group. He was a member of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, and on the Board of Directors of Hawaii Angels. He taught business law as an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix Hawaii Campus. He is on the Board of Directors of The Jewish High Tech Community of Silicon Valley and is a mentor at The DEC


Rita Radi
Community Development Manager (Canada- LATAM), SoftLayer

To say that Rita understands the nuts and bolts of SoftLayer data centers is an understatement. Prior to joining the Catalyst team, she spent two years working in data center pods as a server build technician in SoftLayer’s Washington D.C. data center. Rita has a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communication and an MBA from Rollins College. She is multi-lingual (English, French, Arabic and can pretend to speak Spanish).


Jennifer Conley
Co-Founder, VP of Programming at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center



Daryn DeZengotita
Social Media Strategist

Daryn has just launched a new initiative - a non-profit that will guide churches to convert unused property to coworking spaces. The prototype is in the  White Rock Lake area and will be a maker space featuring:
  • a for-hire commercial kitchen, 
  • a sewing collective creating jobs for refugee women, and 
  • an emphasis on "mompreneurs." 


Urvi Bhandari
Brand & Innovation Strategist at UrviB Enterprises

Urvi is a brand marketer who has worked for McCann Erickson, IBM, Jones Apparel Group, The Coca-Cola Company and lastly, AT&T as a Global Innovation Director. She traveled the world for a year, meeting thought leaders and continuing to build the community around floating cities. Currently she is focusing on marketing to Gen-X and creating useable content around innovation. 


michael simmons
President, Hayloft

Michael Simmons participated in multiple liquidity events, including partner divestitures, inventory acquisition, and the purchase and sale of both web and mobile software. He’s passionate about the user experience with a specific focus on the seamless migration of people from physical to digital environments. Michael’s current projects include Dallas-based Hayloft and Oyster.io, a data-driven creative shop. He holds a journalism degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Mays School. Michael has a loving wife, three super cute kids, and a dog.


Shea Davis
CFO and Partner of PTA Capital

As an established member of the Dallas investment community, Shea spends significant time with individuals and companies assessing investments and understanding growth opportunities. Outside of work Shea is actively involved with boards and organizations serving those with her skills and leadership.


TK Stohlman
CEO/Founder

CEO/Founder...FanPrint.com. Husband to Lauren Stohlman and proud father of 2. Blessed.


Program Sponsors and Partners

The Startup Next Dallas team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Signature Sponsor

Are you looking for a place to house your startup, get out of your office and into a creative environment, or to get involved with the thriving startup scene in North Texas? The TreeHouse has several ways to get involved and engaged in the community.

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Facilitating Team

  • Kevin
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