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Accelerators are programs in which like-minded entrepreneurs and investors come together. Entrepreneurs who participate have a set idea and business plan in mind before starting. They get the chance to bounce ideas around, give and get constructive criticism, and develop a sense of self in the business world. Participants learn and grow immensely in a short time with such close connections to each other and to mentors.

Supporters grant funding to get the new companies started, and conversations with these mentors and investors may turn into more capital. In a city like Dallas, home of multiple Fortune 1000 companies, it’s possible your mentor or investor could be a CEO or influential businessman from companies like AT&T or American Airlines.

Under the wing of this Dallas higher-up, and in a top-notch accelerator program, entrepreneurs here get guidance they can’t find anywhere else.

Technology-Specific

  • Accelerate NFC: This is a Near Field Communications-specific program for small business acceleration. Located in Dallas.
  • Accelerated Ventures Program: Catering to graduates of Baylor and other young Dallasites, the organization provides free office space and support to help young entrepreneurs. Located in Addison.
  • The Arlington Business Accelerator: The Arlington Business Accelerator brings together technology, capital and talent to match market needs with research capabilities of industry, academia and government. Located in Arlington.
  • AT&T Foundry: Short “sprints” of programs here are designed to develop products or services for a tech consumer at a fast pace. Participants receive support and opportunities from a major company. Located in Plano.
  • Tech Fort Worth Innovation Lab: The mission here is helping regional entrepreneurs commercialize innovative technology while keeping business local to Fort Worth.
  • Tech Wildcatters: Created for B2B entrepreneurs, or those whose product or service caters to other businesses, this accelerator has founded several billion-dollar and have Mark Cuban as a supporter. Located in Dallas.
  • Venture Development Center: Run by UT Dallas, the center focuses on innovation in big data and the information services industry. Located in Richardson.

Various Fields

  • The Dallas Entrepreneur Center: The Dallas Entrepreneur Center is a priceless organization that emphasizes and celebrates physical presence, from office space to resource materials and people. They host events and seminars yearly open to the public. Located in Dallas.
  • The Garage: The Garage is a coworking space with an internal accelerator program called MentorVault. An annual 90 day bootcamp for startups, the program is focused primarily on product development, sales, and revenue, not pitching to an investor. Located in Dallas.
  • Biz Owners Ed: Tailored to established businesspeople in any field, the program describes itself as both an accelerator program and a connection web, including advice from mentors. Located in Flower Mound.
  • Collide Village Accelerator Program: Customer service and validation are the focus here–confirmation that a product or business has a strong consumer base before the time and effort goes into its launch. Located in Addison.
  • Health Wildcatters: The sister organization of the Tech Wildcatters, this group works to support and fund those who are making strides in healthcare innovation. Located in Dallas.