DFW’s Innovation Economy is Thriving, and Here’s Why

July 17, 2018 | DALLAS (SMU) – As Dallas’s thriving economy grows, there is no question that it should not be known as a hub for innovation excellence. The six-month-long DFW Regional Innovation study found the economy thriving is a result from the “diversity of its industries, a skilled and growing workforce, a collection of accelerators and co-working spaces, investment capital, robust academic institutions, and top-ranked arts and culture scenes” (United Way Dallas). By focusing on four key areas – Talent, Collisions, Resources, and Impact, the DFW Regional Innovation Study makes recommendations for key stakeholders in the DFW region to maximize the region’s existing innovation strengths and drive growth. As an institution known for its diverse, talented, and entrepreneurial-minded students, there’s no wonder that SMU’s relationship with Dallas is vital to the city’s growth and vice-versa.

“The economic opportunity that Dallas provides is a major factor in recruiting ambitious, talented students to SMU from around the world,” said SMU Provost Steven C. Currall. “The entrepreneurial spirit thrives at SMU and in Dallas. This important study with our regional partners will foster a vibrant ecosystem that leverages connections between SMU research discoveries and commercial investment.”

Learn more about the DFW Regional Innovation Study and its results here.

SMU Incubator to Provide Collaborative Networking Space for Dallas-Based Startups

June 8, 2018 | DALLAS (SMU) – Coming this summer, SMU’s commitment to innovation and the growth of new businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth region will have a place to call home in the SMU Incubator, where students, faculty and staff will plan, produce and pitch their ideas for businesses and products.

The SMU Incubator will share space in the Foundry Club in Mockingbird Station, across Central Expressway from the SMU Main Campus. Foundry Club is an international organization that serves entrepreneurs and business professionals by providing members with business space, concierge services, and innovative programming. Because Foundry Club’s population consists of entrepreneurs and support teams engaging in start-ups, business accelerators, and investment groups, the shared location will provide networking opportunities for SMU entrepreneurs.

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