About Us


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. 18 years later, with some amazing successes under our belt, we are doing what all good organizations do: pivot to match the needs of our customers. Our customers are entrepreneurs.

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.

Supporting
Entrepreneurs


In  two  key  ways

The Foundation supports entrepreneurship in two 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 and other experiential events. (B) We offer two programs, IDEA Works and Trax & Stax, that aid entrepreneurs in building their businesses.

Entrepreneural DNA
Ecosystem
Building

Identifing  Entrepreneurial  DNA

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.

Join the Black Sheep

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.

Relevant
Programs


Fundamentals  Matter  Most

Thriving companies come from 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 programs are of two types, set your own pace with accountability checks (IDEA Works) and highly structured weekly programming with tough reviews of your work (Trax & Stax).

Choose Your Program

Targeted Programs

Board of Directors


Accelerate DFW

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
Mershelle Davis

Mershelle Davis

Assistant Secertary
Ricky McBride

Ricky McBride

Treasurer
Sean Arena

Sean Arena

Board Member
Sean Buckley

Sean Buckley

Board Member
Monica Coney

Monica Coney

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
Jason Smith

Jason Smith III

Board Member
Matt Smilor

Matt Smilor

Board Member