The Inaugural Fort Worth Business Press Entrepreneur Summit took place on the TCU campus today, July 29, and United Way was among the panel sponsors. The Summit provided the perfect opportunity to tell entrepreneurs about KERNEL, the new United Way social innovation fund established to underwrite and mentor creative new approaches to addressing local social challenges. Visit www.unitedwaytarrant.org/KERNEL to learn more or participate.
The Entrepreneur Summit opened with luncheon keynote speaker Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Strategist for Dell Services (shown here at podium). His team of business and technology experts identify, evaluate and assess the business value of technologies for the company and customers in the context of his team’s research into economic, market, industry, social and governmental trends. His team also helps customers develop tools and techniques to create cultures of innovation and become serial innovators.
A 1 p.m. panel moderated by Fort Worth Business Press Editor Robert Francis dealt with “The Entrepreneurial Lifestyle: Growth Mindsets & Skills from Successful Entrepreneurs.” The panelists were Michael Fletcher of Ride TV; Robert Pollock of Culture Index; and Debbie Cooley from M-Pak.
Customer development, experience and service were the focus of the day’s second session. Hayden Blackburn of IDEA Works FW moderated the panel, which consisted of Jonathan Morris, Fort Worth Barber Shop; Peter Bacigalupo, Buxton; Chris Handy, Thinkhandy; and Tanson Boothe, Musicbed.
A mid-afternoon panel talked about presenting to investors. Erika Hersh of PeopleFund; Brooke Lively of Cathedral Capital; Les Kreis of Cowtown Angels; and Rugger Burke of Satori Capital made up the panel. Lin Nelson from TCU was the moderator.
Panelists explored the “entrepreneur ecosystem” during the final panel session. The Alternative Board’s Valerie Riefenstahl moderated panelists Javier Rodriguez, Fort Worth Locals; John Parker, Booster Fuels; Kenn Scott, Zoomeez; Edward Morgan, Revitalize Charging Solutions; and Reggie Nichols, Texas Jet.
During a “mentor-mentee speed dating happy hour” at ACRE Distillery, mentees had an opportunity to meet with possible mentors to find the best fit for a one-year mentor relationship.