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Tracks, Summits, & Events

Dallas Startup Week is a great way to grow your understanding in various subjects, and learn from subject matter experts. Explore the tabs below to learn more about what each subject is geared towards and what you can expect!


Industry tracks are at the core of Dallas Startup Week’s programming. With 8 different tracks ranging from Marketing, to AI, Automation and Quantum to Healthcare, there’s something for every entrepreneur or innovator, no matter what stage of the journey they’re in. Each track will have multiple panels, presentations and fireside chats featuring diverse speakers that are igniting change that will advance North Texas into the future, while at the same time holding steadfast to the values that helped build the foundation for this entrepreneurial community.

All of the track sessions will take place during the day – August 12-15 at Embassy Suits in Frisco. Don’t miss the Kickoff Event on Sunday, August 11, to start the week off strong! Stay tuned for the full schedule and more information closer to the event!

Dallas Startup Week has multiple special events and summits that happen throughout the week. The purpose of the special events and summits are to bring together our community all in one place as well as provide special programming for women and underrepresented entrepreneurs.

Summits will have multiple sessions throughout the day, while special events will be one singular event each evening – all held in-person at one location. Stay tuned for the full schedule and more information closer to the event!

  • Tracks
  • Summits & Forums
  • Special Events

AI, Automation & Quantum presented by AI CONNEX

Track Captains: Bill Cockerill, Rashmi Varma, Wendy Howell

The AI & Automation track explores current trends and innovation, investment in AI and the future of AI featuring a mix of panels and sessions from industry experts and veterans. The track includes sessions such as: AI in Process Intelligence; AI in the Enterprise, Today & Tomorrow; and Quantum Computing & AI.

Emerging Technologies

Track Captains: Natalie Luneva

Raising Capital, Learning the Metaverse, Gaming, and more! Join us for the Emerging Technologies track to hear about the newest trends in technology.

Franchising presented by Lathrop GPM

Track Captain: Carlos White

What’s the first step to becoming a franchise? How do I strategize as an emerging business? How do I grow as a business owner? All these questions and more will be answered at the Franchising Track sessions! Join us!

Gaming & Esports presented by Frisco EDC

Track Captain: John Davidson

Get your game on with the Gaming & Esports track! This track will have panelists from major game brands, discuss women innovating in gaming and esports, take a look at the logistics of live gaming events and more!


Track Captain: Lindsey Settles

Navigate the journey of healthcare startups during the healthcare track, sponsored by C1 Innovation Lab, through sessions in the basics of startups in healthcare, fundraising, law and more!

Leadership presented by LeadWell Advisory Partners

Track Captain: Xavier Egan

This track will bring experts in to talk through leadership and how to lead your company to success. The track will also provide tangible ways for you to grow as a leader.

Marketing + Branding

Track Captains: Spencer Traver 

The Marketing track is the perfect place for marketers of any skill level to up their game. In this track we will explore marketing techniques that will take your business to the next level through interactive workshops, learning how to utilize algorithms to your advantage, shift narratives and more!

Startup Funding presented by Vela Wood

Track Captain: Mike Wilkes

This track covers early stage funding, funding alternatives to venture-capital, inclusive investing and more. Hear from investors and advisors to learn best funding practices!

Disrupt Dallas Summit presented by Charles Schwab Bank, SSB, Member FDIC

Monday, August 12 | 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Disrupt Dallas Summit celebrates the champions that are disrupting the entrepreneurial ecosystem and talent pipeline, as well as providing expert education and programming for entrepreneurs of color to help support and grow their business through a combination of speakers, discussions and networking opportunities. 

Corporate Startup Innovation Summit presented by Capital One in partnership with the Dallas Regional Chamber

Tuesday, August 13 | 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Corporate Startup Innovation Summit leverages and unites the breadth and diversity of DFW’s corporations and dynamic startup ecosystem. The summit will mobilize these groups by featuring DFW’s best and brightest innovators who will share how their companies are shaping our future – resulting in new ideas, business models, investment trends, connections and opportunities for business growth and acceleration.

Women of Innovation Summit

Wednesday, August 14 | 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Women of Innovation Summit is a daylong slate of seminars and speakers to recognize, encourage and advance women leaders who have the courage and passion to transform their ideas and ambitions into a reality. Featuring a dynamic group of leading visionaries, Women of Innovation will celebrate, inspire and connect change-makers across markets and industries to provide all women in business with greater insights and knowledge into the trends and possibilities of the future. 

The Future of Venture Forum presented by IOOGO, Justworks and Frisco EDC

Thursday, August 15 | 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Future of Venture Forum will serve as an event for investors, startups, and key stakeholders to come together to share their insights and knowledge on unique problems facing investors and startups in the current economic climate.

Kick-Off Party by Frisco

Join us for the official kickoff party for Dallas Startup Week 2023 sponsored by Capital One! The Kick-Off Party, presented by Frisco, will feature the innovation and ingenuity taking the city by storm. You don’t want to miss it.

Startup Alley 2024

Join us for this expo that showcases startups, founders, corporate partners, innovators, resources and more! Join us on Monday, September 11 after Disrupt Dallas Summit!

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Women’s Marketplace 2024

To cap off a great Women of Innovation Summit, it’s time to go shopping! Join to shop from local women-owned businesses, innovators, partners, and more! Join us on Wednesday, September 13 after the Women of Innovation Summit.

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