Dallas Startup Week 2016 plans to bring 6,000 attendees and 230 speakers out to the Big D over a 5-day event!
Powered by headline sponsor Chase, Dallas Startup Week is returning in 2016 for its second annual celebration of entrepreneurship, to be held April 12-16 in the downtown Dallas metropolitan area.
Following an inaugural year that garnered more than 3,000 registered attendees, 11,000 unique website visitors, and 22.8M potential impressions, this year Dallas Startup Week plans to host more than 230 speakers across approximately 20 different venues supporting 15 diverse track themes, ranging from Internet of Things, Family, the Arts, and… FASHION!
Startups and established companies both play important roles in Dallas’ entrepreneurial ecosystem,” says Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “Dallas Startup Week shows just how much our city supports innovation and entrepreneurship by engaging business and community leaders, whether in corporate offices or co-working spaces.”
Entrepreneurs, community leaders, investors, and businesses are looking forward to attending and speaking at sessions and events throughout the metroplex, sharing stories to motivate and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of North Texas.
For the first time in the history of Startup Week, the five serial days of programming include a Saturday, with a Tuesday kick off. Every day of Dallas Startup Week culminates in an evening Spotlight Session, tying all tracks together with an event that sparks innovation across every theme.
The 2016 FASHION Sessions will feature:
Tuesday, April 12:
- “State of the Fashion Industry: What’s New, What’s Haute, What’s Trending, What’s Not” – 4:00pm to 5:00pm with Leah Frazier, founder of Diamond Icon & Image Consultants, moderating a diverse panel of experts
Wednesday, April 13:
- “Grow Your Business with Email, Social Media, and Digital Marketing” – 1:00pm to 2:00 pm with Sergio Ortiz, Chief Creative at SOMO Imagineers; Stefanie Drenka, RewardStyle Social Media lead; and Nick Bonnano, CEO of Simple Media
- “Fashion & Tech: The Evolution of Retail’s Landscape” – 4:00pm to 5:00pm with Professor and Fashion Career coach Dionne Dean; and Jessica Boland, NeimanMarcus.com Director of Search & Site Optimization
Thursday, April 14:
- “Lights, Camera, Fashion: Video Branded Content is the New Black” – 11:00am to 12noon Jaleesa Howard, fashion geek, beauty + style blogger; Vashti Patrick-Joseph, an event producer, host/speaker and social media consultant
- “Creating Your Own Cosmetics Line: The Beauty Industry’s Cutting Edge Concept for Profit” – 4:00pm to 5:00pm with Tyzza Macias, founder of Factory Glam
Friday, April 15:
- “Fashion Promotion: PR and Media Exposure” – 4:00pm to 5:00pm with Christina Geyer, fashion writer at PaperCity magazine; Suzanne Droese, Principal at Droese PR; and Amy Power, CEO of The Power Group
- “Creating Authenticity for Your Brand: The Power of Brand Messaging & Your Story” – 11:30am to 12:30pm with Courtney and Allison Edwards, fashion bloggers at Where Wear in the City; Julie McCullough, The Folksie Way fashion designer and THE PIN SHOW Founder & Producer; Matt Alexander, Founder of fashion retailer NEED
Saturday, April 16:
- “Show Me the Money: Funding or Investors for Your Business, When & How” – 10:00am to 11:00am with Stephen Hays, Managing Partner venture capitalist at Deep Space Ventures; Wendi W McGowan-Ellis, Chief Designer & Founder at Wendistry, a self-funded handbag startup.
- “Bricks and Mortar vs. E-commerce, A Candid Conversation” – 1:00 to 2:00pm with Denise Manoy, owner of retail shop Indigo 1745; GeGe Gilzene, founder of fashion line G3 Concepts; and Matt Lucas, part of founding family, Luke’s Locker
In addition to holding programming on a Saturday, Dallas Startup Week ‘16 is shaking it up this year with preparations to bring in twice as many attendees as the inaugural year in 2015.
With an increased volunteer crew leading the charge (including ME!), the Dallas Startup Week Committee increased the track themes from 11 to 15 this year and added more than 40 additional events compared to last year, including a preview party on April 7th hosted by Tech in Motion.
Dallas joins more than 25 cities around the globe that host Startup Week events bringing together local entrepreneurs, leaders, and communities. So get your tickets NOW, and join me at the Fashion Track of Dallas Startup Week 2016!