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Who We Are


a program-driven incubator helping entrepreneurs

Accelerate DFW Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was formed in 1999 to create and implement programs and services that would significantly impact economic growth in Fort Worth. Helping entrepreneurs and advocating for the importance of entrepreneurship in our community, nineteen years later, we've accomplished some amazing results. 80% of our incubator program graduates are still running very successful businesses today.

Mission Statement


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.

What We Do


the foundation's approach:
Incubate, educate, and spread the knowledge

Accelerate DFW fosters connections to subject matter experts, fellow entrepreneurs, and other startup gurus to help you reach your objective as quickly as possible.

We scour the private sector and entrepreneurial communities to find the authorities who have been there, done that with the ability to share it effectively. Our workshops are designed so you walk out the door with relevant action items you can implement immediately.

Through local entrepreneurs success stories, we help spread the wisdom, anecdotes, and missteps of entrepreneurs in the trenches so that others can learn and benefit. 

Board of Directors


Accelerate DFW Foundation

Our board of directors represents diverse perspectives brought from years of experience in the private sector, academia, and government. They are all drawn together by one passion, entrepreneurship.

Ed

Edward Riefenstahl

Chairman of the Board

Alberto Rios

Alberto Rios

Vice President

Kevin Prigel

Kevin Prigel

Secretary

Ricky McBride

Ricky McBride

Treasurer

Sean Arena

Sean Arena

Board Member

Monica Coney

Monica Coney

Board Member

William Giron

William Girón

Board Member

Dr. David A. Mack

Dr. David A. Mack

Board Member

Dr. Robert McClain

Dr. Robert McClain

Board Member

Eli Mercer

Eli D Mercer

Board Member

Jie Melchiors

Jie Melchiors

Board Member

Jonathan Silk

Jonathan Silk

Board Member

Matt Smilor

Matt Smilor

Board Member

James Stanley

James Stanley

Board Member

Darryl Ward

Darryl Ward

Board Member