Last year’s Dallas Startup Week was attended by more minority guests than ever before – a whopping 61% of the entire audience. To continue that connection with  minority business owners and entrepreneurs, Dallas Startup Week is proud to announce that this year’s Disrupt Dallas summit will take place completely virtually on Sunday Aug. 30 and Monday, Aug. 31. This event serves as a virtual celebration and educational program for the champions across the entrepreneurial ecosystem that are disrupting the diversity pipeline, minority entrepreneurial market, and overall economic landscape.

Speakers at the event include former NFL player De’Vante Harris Sr., founder of Harris’ House of Heroes restaurant; Manuel Valencia, partner at CONNECTIVE Agency; Dom Bookman, founder of Streamsum, a platform for live-stream analytics; and Ashley Lamothe, the youngest Black Chick-fil-A franchise owner. 

“Disrupt Dallas is designed to be not only informative and engaging, but to serve as a soundboard for discussion of the important topics for minority entrepreneurs in Dallas,” said Jamila Sherman, manager of programs and membership for The DEC @ Redbird. “It’s so important for minority entrepreneurs to support each other, and this summit can be a jumping-off point for that.”

Disrupt Dallas offers more than 10 sessions, including:

  • An AI conversation with Dom Bookman
  • A panel discussion on the Importance of Black-Owned Infrastructure in Dallas with De’Vante Harris; Taylor Tones, founder of 4 Oak Cliff, which uses education, community building and advocacy to drive change in the Oak Cliff Community; and Victoria Samone, founder of events venue 4 The Culture Studios.
  • A conversation about Funding & Franchising with Ashley Lamothe
  • Understanding How to Transition From the Startup to the Growth Stage with Manuel Valencia
  • Lightning talks on Mastering LinkedIn with Leah Frazier and Understanding Company Agreements with Sean Tate.

Registration for the exciting, free networking, learning and mentoring sessions is now open. Last year, more than 300 people attended Disrupt Dallas, and more than 10,000 attended Dallas Startup Week, which features more than 100 sessions in 16 tracks, three summits, networking opportunities and other ancillary events, all taking place virtually this year due to COVID-19.

New registration for the event can be done online at Hopin.to. Download the Sched app for up-to-the-minute information on DSW sessions and schedules.

WHAT:           Disrupt Dallas, a summit that is part of Dallas Startup Week, which is powered by Capital One

WHERE:        Hopin.to

WHEN:          Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Find the complete schedule on the Sched app.

PRICE:           FREE

WEBSITE:     DallasStartupWeek.com


The DEC Network is a 501c3 non-profit organization driving innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs start, build, and grow their businesses. Since 2013, it has launched a number of innovation hubs across DFW that provide entrepreneurs with education, mentorship, community, and advocacy.

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