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Who We Are


A foundation empowering 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, Create, and inspire

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

TCU Neely School of Business

Director - Experiential Learning

Alberto Rios

Alberto Rios

Vice President

JPMorgan Chase

VP, Business Banking

Kevin Prigel

Kevin Prigel

Secretary

Prigel Capital, LLC

President and Chief Investment Officer

Ricky McBride

Ricky McBride

Treasurer

Denke, McBride & Ryan CPAs, PLLC

Audit / Accounting Managing Partner

Sean Arena

Sean Arena

Board Member

Limo Anywhere

President

Monica Coney

Monica Coney

Board Member

American Airlines

Manager New Business - Global Sales

William Giron

William Girón

Board Member

Fort Worth ISD

Capital Improvement Program Purchasing / HUB Coordinator

Dr. David A. Mack

Dr. David A. Mack

Board Member

UTA - College of Business

Associate Dean for Communications & Executive Education

Dr. Robert McClain

Dr. Robert McClain

Board Member

UNT Health Science Center

Associate Vice President, Research & Innovation

Eli Mercer

Eli D Mercer

Board Member

Tarrant County College

Dean of Technology, Health, and Business

Jie Melchiors

Jie Melchiors

Board Member

MEL/ARCH architectural studio

Partner

Jonathan Silk

Jonathan Silk

Board Member

Bridge 3

Founder and President

Matt Smilor

Matt Smilor

Board Member

TCU

Director, Values and Ventures Program

James Stanley

James Stanley

Board Member

BNSF Railway Company

General Director – Finance

Darryl Ward

Darryl Ward

Board Member

Alcon

Head of Strategy, Global Vision Care