Innovation & Startup Community
Building a vibrant innovation ecosystem
The DRC supports the launch and growth of innovation activities in the Dallas Region by connecting entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, and the business community.
The DRC prioritizes efforts that will:
- Market the region as a place of innovation
- Create opportunities for collaboration among our innovation leaders
- Support the growth of emerging technologies and cutting-edge industries in Dallas-Fort Worth including:
- Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML), Big Data, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Metaverse, Biotech, Mobility, and Blockchain
- Connect resources, investors, and capital to startups
- Support our research universities and help align innovation initiatives with needs of the business community
- Amplify the growth of regional innovation districts and centers of excellence
- Accelerate recruitment of high-tech firms to Dallas-Fort Worth
- Nurture innovation in local government
Members can help advance the DRC’s innovation mission by participating in the Innovation Task Force. Learn more about the Task Force.
OUR INNOVATION WORK
The source for what’s new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth. Dallas Innovates is a website, daily e-newsletter, and annual print magazine that covers game changers, disruptors, creatives, and the new frontiers of technology in Dallas-Fort Worth. With media coverage by local journalists, commentary and opinion from community voices, and profiles of innovative individuals and companies, Dallas Innovates showcases the Dallas Region as a hub for innovation. Dallas Innovates is a collaboration of the Dallas Regional Chamber and Dallas Next.
The Texas Research Alliance was founded by the Dallas Regional Chamber, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Richardson Chamber of Commerce with a goal of connecting the Dallas Region’s business community research needs to the research capabilities of our universities.
HackDFW, powered by Say Yes to Dallas, is a thrilling, 48-hour innovation event run by the Dallas Regional Chamber. Since 2014, companies have worked with the brightest tech talent to problem solve, develop software, and create new products in a fast-paced environment. More than 500 college students and recent graduates from some of the best computer science and engineering programs in the country typically attend HackDFW.
The DEC Network is a 501c3 nonprofit organization driving innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs start, build,and grow their businesses. The Dallas Regional Chamber helped found the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (now known as The DEC Network) in 2013. In 2019, the DRC helped launch the RedBird Entrepreneur Center in Southern Dallas. The Dallas Regional Chamber serves on the DEC Network’s Board of Directors.
Venture Dallas is a 501c6 non-profit, volunteer led organization dedicated to growing the innovation ecosystem in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Dallas Regional Chamber is a founding member and sits on its steering committee. The organization works to help startup investors understand the opportunities in the region, connect them to high-growth companies, and build collaboration among the venture capital and investment community.
Dallas Startup Week brings together entrepreneurs and change-makers for a week-long experience, described as the largest entrepreneurial event in North Texas, where they exchange ideas, collaborate, and grow alongside startup ecosystem. The Dallas Regional Chamber leads the Corporate-Startup Innovation Summit as part of the week’s activities. This day of programming brings together corporate innovation leaders and the startup founders to learn how to best partner together to grow their businesses.
Formed in 2020, The North Texas Innovation Alliance (NTXIA) is a 501c3 consortium of cross-sector partners across North Texas with the mission to be the most connected, smart, and resilient region in the country. The NTXIA is the largest smart-region effort of its kind in the United States. NTXIA seeks to lower the barriers to deploying, replicating, and scaling smart solutions through partnership building, best practice sharing, and education. The Dallas Regional Chamber is a founding member of the NTXIA.
DRC SPECIAL REPORTS
Dallas Regional Chamber Special Reports take a deep dive into issues specific to the Dallas Region.
Growing High-Tech in DFW, Presented by RealCom Solutions
Dallas-Fort Worth’s innovation economy is booming, attracting corporate innovation centers, high-growth startups, and high-tech operations of all kinds. Learn how innovation takes root in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Dallas-Fort Worth Smart City Breakthroughs
The smart-city revolution is underway in the Dallas Region. That’s the case with the adoption of new strategies and technologies to help improve life here. Cities – or, smart cities – are integrating tech and data to solve a host of problems, from traffic jams to broken sewer mains, to crime. Follow us on a journey to a few of many smart-city-related events and activities that have occurred in the Dallas Region.
Regional Innovation Strategy (2018)
The DRC, Accenture, Southern Methodist University, and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas partnered to complete a regional innovation study, which provides a strategy roadmap to accelerate the growth of North Texas’ innovation economy and bolster its reputation as a hub for innovation excellence.
Regional Innovation Assessment (2018)
The Regional Innovation Assessment benchmarks Dallas-Fort Worth’s performance in relation to the largest and/or most competitive domestic metropolitan areas on key metrics that indicate regional innovation potential.
Your Source For Research and Innovation
Our Research and Innovation Team provides DRC leaders, the larger business community, and other key decision-makers with ready access to information resources that support economic development activities, education & workforce, talent attraction, public policy, and other DRC initiatives.