Past, Present & Future
The Foundation was formed in 1999 to create, guide and implement programs and services that would significantly impact economic growth in Fort Worth. Nineteen years later, with some amazing successes under our belt, we are doing what all relevant organizations do: pivot to match the needs of our customers. Our customers are entrepreneurs.
What drives our organization
We connect dedicated entrepreneurs in the DFW area to the resources they need to develop, launch & grow their business. We build relationships that generate tangible outcomes.
In four key ways
The Foundation supports entrepreneurship in four ways: (A) We collaborate with like-minded institutions and businesses to organize events that bring people with an entrepreneurial mindset together, such as Startup Weekend, Global Entrepreneurship Week and other experiential events. (B) We offer the IDEA Works program that helps entrepreneurs to launch and build their business. (C) We fill entrepreneurial gaps by organizing Startup Bootcamps, which provide participants with tangible outputs that can be immediately implemented. (D) We get the word about the successes and challenges of local startups through our Entrepreneurial Storytelling and inspire other entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps.
Unlocking the entrepreneurial mindset is a huge challenge, a road fraught with naysayers, underminers, skeptics and those who don’t “get it.” It's not the idea, business concept, latest strategy buzzword from Boston Consulting or something that can be taught, but rather a mindset: you either have it or you don't. Identifying it, harnessing it and teaching people to leverage it is our goal. Our vision realized is hearing the idioms, concepts, and spirit of entrepreneurs expressed in everyday conversations between people from all walks of life in the Dallas Fort Worth region.
To realize this vision we strive to build a powerful entrepreneurial ecosystem where these like-minded, black sheep of business, can meet, interact and collaborate to build the future.
We are the unique entrepreneurs who thrive on the biggest challenges of the day. Where others get frustrated, we get energized. We ideate, immerse ourselves, actively listen, relentlessly research and read, constantly implement and pivot, all in the pursuit of finding that void, that slipstream that only a few realize exists. It is what drives us day in and day out for our entire lives.
Thriving companies owe their success to a mastery of business fundamentals. Those fundamentals culminate into one characteristic: product market fit. Neglect the fundamentals and you are simply prolonging failure or chasing the false flag of success. Our IDEA Works program allows you to set your own pace with customized business planning, group white boarding sessions, and regular accountability checks.