The Fort Worth experience: Making a Movement

The 2022 SCN Fall Summit, organized by HSC Next and other community partners, will focus on Making a Movement. Over the course of 2.5 days, the Summit Host team will showcase some of Fort Worth's strengths, highlighting how these strengths can translate to a nationwide movement to combat the recent economic struggles in our country.


HSC Next has been at the heart of the movement to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem into a powerhouse in the state of Texas. The city boasts an impressive string of biotech exits and a new Techstars accelerator focused on physical therapy, the first of its kind in the world. Summit content will focus on actionable steps to start small movements for increased entrepreneurial activity in communities around the country that will kickstart an entrepreneurial renaissance in the US.


The majority of the Summit will take place in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, the birthplace of entrepreneurial activity in the city. The Stockyards features world-class amenities, delicious barbeque, and Tex Mex; the world's only daily longhorn cattle drive, and the world's largest honkytonk. Don't let all of this "cowboy culture" fool you. In Fort Worth, Y'all means ALL. Fort Worth's "cowboys" are as diverse as the city itself. The city is home to the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, the Cowboys of Color Rodeo, the Juneteenth Museum - where Juneteenth was first established as a holiday, and Mariachi bands galore. The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce plays a huge role in the ecosystem as Spanish-speaking people make up more than 36% of the city's population. Fort Worth was recently ranked as the 14th largest city in the country for Hispanic entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship rates in the Asian American community are higher than the national average.

We are so excited to explore "Funkytown." Don't delay getting tickets, we are capping ticket sales at 130!


Learn more about Fort Worth and our Summit Host Committee here.


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About Fort Worth

Fort Worth is the 13th largest in the US and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city is known as one of the best places to live in Texas thanks to its strong job market, diverse culture, and southern hospitality. Mayor Mattie Parker is the youngest mayor of a major US city and Fort Worth is consistently well ranked among Texas cities for being a great place to live. Despite these assets, the city has an underdeveloped entrepreneurial ecosystem. Because of this, strong emphasis has been placed on increasing the connectedness of the startup scene with multiple efforts in process including hosting the largest Global Entrepreneurship Week in the country the last two years in a row.

The Historic Stockyards

* You can view and download a PDF map of the Stockyards in the document section. 


Things to do in Fort Worth:

Agenda

Making Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building a Movement


The Fort Worth Summit theme is "Making a Movement." Summit content will focus on actionable steps to start small movements for increased entrepreneurial activity in communities around the country that will kickstart an entrepreneurial renaissance in the U.S. Throughout the summit, attendees will learn from community builders in multiple backgrounds who have led successful movements to create change.


Please note: the agenda is still being finalized and subject to change. Check back for updates and speakers.

Monday, October 17, 2022


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New Member Orientation at Stockyard Station

Tom Chapman

New to SCN? This is the best way to kick off your summit experience, get plugged in, meet other members, and learn more about joining our amazing community.

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Summit Kickoff: Opening presentation

Cameron Cushman

It's Summit kickoff time! The Fort Worth team welcomes attendees, shares an overview of the agenda and shares more about the Summit theme: Making a movement.

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SCN Welcome/Opening remarks

Tom ChapmanMark A. Lawrence

SCN Welcome / Organization updates and news

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Welcome to Funkytown

Darlisa Diltz

Cowtown, Panther City, Funkytown... Fort Worth has many monikers. Get a first look into the ecosystem and its evolution over the years.

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Immigrant Entrepreneurship in the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Community

Marco JohnsonGoran KrndijaMunatsi ManyandeJenny Poon

According to the Kauffman Foundation, immigrants are twice as likely to start companies as U.S. born citizens. Their stories are as unique as the businesses they found. This session will highlight three of those paths: a refugee from a war-torn region turned entrepreneur, an asylum seeker who now serves other immigrant entrepreneurs, and an entrepreneur and ecosystem builder who grew up watching her parents navigate small business ownership as refugees.

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Roundup time with a Drover

Kristin Jaworski

Did you know that every day at 11:30am and 4pm there's a cattle drive through town? We're going to hear about the Fort Worth Cattle Drive from a professional cattle driver (aka a "Drover").

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Ice Cream break

Get your first taste of Fort Worth from Melt Ice Creams

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Watch the Steers

Experience the Fort Worth Cattle Drive on East Exchange

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Free Time & Networking: Beers and Steers at White Elephant Saloon

Walk over to the White Elephant Saloon and grab a beer with attendees or venture out and chill before dinner. The White Elephant Saloon is one of Fort Worth's most legendary drinking establishments.

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Dinner at Joe T. García’s

On July 4, 1935, Joe T. & Jessie Garcia opened Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in part of their home in Fort Worth, Texas. The original restaurant had a maximum capacity of sixteen. The Garcias served their famous enchiladas in the front room while they expanded their home during decades. Today, the restaurant encompasses most of a city block and serves up to 2,000 customers every weekend. It’s one of our favorite dining experiences when we visit Fort Worth.

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Optional: Late Night at the Billy Bob’s: World’s Largest Honkey-Tonk

It wouldn't be the full Fort Worth experience if we didn't take you to a Honkey Tonk! Billy Bob's Texas is the world's LARGEST Honkey Tonk. For over 41 years, Billy Bob’s has hosted the biggest stars in country music and classic rock from Alabama to ZZ Top.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022


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Intercultural Unity workshop

Paulo Gregory

Every SCN Summit has a workshop hosted by SCN's InterCultural Unity committee where we explore Diversity, Equity, and Belonging within the context of ecosystem building.

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Morning Breakouts

See tracks to choose one

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Lunch on Exchange

Find a cool spot to grab lunch on your own. Please note that if you are on the Innovation Ecosystem Tour, you will need to be back in time to get on the bus, which leaves promptly at 1:30pm.

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Ecosystem Tours - See tracks

The bus leaves promptly at 1:30PM!!!
Tour the Alliance Texas Mobility Innovation Zone (MIZ), a one-of-a-kind infrastructure offering mobility visionaries full access to an unparalleled ecosystem, resources, and partnerships essential to comprehensively scale and commercialize new technologies.

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Dinner with a Locals

Get a chance to mix and mingle in a more intimate setting. Summit attendees will gather in small groups to have dinner and conversations with a number of ecosystem builders in the community. Each dinner group will meet a "local" who will lead the conversation in a pre-chosen part of town. We invite you to bring a gift from your ecosystem as a thank you to our dinner hosts. Your gift should be something small that represents your ecosystem and is made locally. Coffee, beer, t-shirts, stickers...

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Roses and Thorns @ Second Rodeo - 122 E Exchange Ave #340

Roses & Thorns location: Second Rodeo - 122 E Exchange Ave #340

Roses & Thorns is a favorite among members and summit regulars. Grab a drink and share stories of both the successes and challenges of doing ecosystem work through facilitated, intimate discussions. This is your chance to go deep and share with other ecosystem builders who understand you in a safe, welcoming space.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022


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10 Years of Caffeinating Communities: The Impact of 1 Million Cups

Cameron CushmanNate OlsonPauly SuchyDarlisa Diltz

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Make Your City CDFI Friendly

Christina Brooks

Christina Brooks is the Diversity & Inclusion Director for the City of Fort Worth. She'll discuss her new program, CDFI Friendly Fort Worth, that encourages more lending in underserved areas. The program has already lent millions to local homeowners & small business owners.

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Enacting Policy In Your Ecosystem

Melissa Roberts ChapmanGrace Belangia

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Putting it in practice: Working Lunch

Tom Chapman

“What Did We Learn” Group Discussion moderated by Tom Chapman

Tuesday, October 18, 2022


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Mining Data in Your Ecosystem

Tom ChapmanDane Stangler

Tuesday, October 18, 2022


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Tuesday, October 18, 2022


Tuesday, October 18, 2022


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Arts & Sciences Tour

Arts and sciences are essential to any city, and ‘The Modern West’ is no different. Fort Worth is proud to be home of a thriving cultural district, including internationally recognized art museums and vibrant healthcare innovation. Join the ‘Arts & Sciences’ Ecosystem tour to learn more from creative entrepreneurs who foster a lively, diverse art scene. Then learn about innovative healthcare startups with biotech entrepreneurs at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. With time to spare, we will peruse the halls of Fort Worth’s famous art museums.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022


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Mobility Innovation Zone Tour

The bus leaves promptly at 1:30PM!!!
Tour the Alliance Texas Mobility Innovation Zone (MIZ), a one-of-a-kind infrastructure offering mobility visionaries full access to an unparalleled ecosystem, resources, and partnerships essential to comprehensively scale and commercialize new technologies.

Speakers

Tickets

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Sponsors and Partners

Organizer

Summit Host

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsors

Session Sponsors

Summit Supporting Sponsors

Looking to sponsor the upcoming summit? We'd love to add you to our growing list of summit supporters. Check out our Summit Sponsorship Deck to learn more about Startup Champions Network


SCN Sponsorship Deck 


For National level sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Michael Binko

mbinko@startupmd.org

703-598-8030


Mark Lawrence

mark@inncuvate.com

240-535-5351

Travel & Accommodations

Flying in? 


DFW Airport is about 30 minutes from Fort Worth.

  • Approximate cost for rideshare/ taxi from the airport: Roughly $65 (As low as $50 to as high as $110). 
  • Public transportation alternative: Texrail ($2.50 one way) to north station then Uber/Lyft for roughly $10-$15.


Dallas Love Field Airport is also an option and is about 45 minutes away. 


Preferred Hotels

Hotel options in Fort Worth's Stockyard District

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Transportation around town


Rides & Rooms

Many of our members like to book hotels and Airbnbs together to save on costs. Additionally, we like to coordinate trips to and from the airport to help make sure we all get where we need to be. If you'd like to room with someone or catch a ride to/from the airport with others who may be flying in at the same time, look for our Rides & Rooms spreadsheet in your inbox (COMING SOON). 

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