Texas cities traditionally have been competitive, but thanks to the Texas Startup Manifesto, the team at Capital Factory is looking to change that.
With the goal of connecting all major Texas ecosystems through roadshows, Capital Factory stopped in Fort Worth and brought together entrepreneurs, investors and mentors from Austin, Dallas and Houston under one roof at WeWork in Sundance Square Plaza. We were so excited to collaborate with the team to put together a memorable and exciting event.
Founder & CEO of Capital Factory, Joshua Baer, says,
If you were at the event, you could definitely feel that goal resonating. Texas cities are finally looking at each other and realizing the potential we have as a state to be one of the best places for startups to grow and thrive.
One of the most exciting parts of the day was the Epic Office Hours. It brought together a diverse group of high potential, high growth companies to meet with some of the most active angel investors and VC’s in the region.
Each startup had 15 minute rotations to pitch their startups and receive feedback. It was a great opportunity to get connected.
Founder of local startup Kanna, Farhaj Mayan, recalls his experience, “We got to connect with 5 investors from all over Texas in three hours and two were directly connected to people in our industry. It was awesome, fast-paced and it really allowed us to make meaningful connections.“
It was a fruitful discussion on the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and also on why he chose the wonderful city of Fort Worth to grow his business.
Fun Fact: Linear Labs is a former TechFW graduate!
Another exciting part of the roadshow was a panel that featured Tyler Godoff, VP of Fine Line, Jessica Miller, co-founder of M2G Ventures and our Executive Director Hayden Blackburn. The topic was "Investing in Fort Worth Startups".
They each shared their excitement and perspective on the current state of entrepreneurship in our city and where it’s headed. Watch this snippet of Hayden Blackburn sharing his thoughts on the future of innovation in Fort Worth.
For closing remarks, we were fortunate to have Fort Worth Council member Ann Zadeh share a message from Mayor Betsy Price. “Small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs are the backbones of our community. FW has put a lot of renewed focus on better access, networking and stronger connections within the city for the startup community."
Fort Worth is rapidly growing its entrepreneur ecosystem and we are so happy to collaborate with those in Austin, Houston and Dallas to grow the Texas ecosystem as a whole.
Thank you to WeWork for being an excellent host in its new Sundance Plaza South location and to all those who joined for a day of building connections across the state.
We look forward to many more events together as we set out to make Texas the greatest place in the country for startup innovation.