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TREP EXPO in Addison Brings Together Leading Entrepreneurs to Showcase and Strengthen Startup Community

March 4, 2016

Baylor University’s Department of Entrepreneurship in the Hankamer School of Business is partnering with the Town of Addison’s economic development office and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) for TREP EXPO 2016, an event that offers aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs information, inspiration and encouragement to launch, build and grow their businesses.

TREP EXPO runs from 8 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Addison TreeHouse in Addison, Texas, and will feature a lineup of speakers, panelists and sessions focused on high-value issues. Discussion topics include: intellectual property, crowdfunding, traditional and social media marketing for startups, online market and campaign optimization, and raising capital through all venture stages.

“Entrepreneurs face many challenges when launching and leading entrepreneurial ventures. TREP EXPO provides support, access to entrepreneurship thought leaders, information and tools to overcome roadblocks and drive innovation, transformation and impact,” said Mary Abrahams, associate director of Baylor’s John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. “It is about proven strategies, best practices and hard-won insights to help entrepreneurs achieve their business goals.”

At TREP EXPO, attendees can expect opportunities to connect with peers in the startup community, network with successful serial entrepreneurs and funding strategists, and learn transformational lessons to help accelerate their company’s success.

The expo’s breakfast keynote speaker is Tom Browning, co-founder of Foot Cardigan, an online company that met with funding success when two of the co-founders appeared on Shark Tank last fall. After breakfast, a non-confidential, quick-pitch session follows with pitch presentations from startup and early stage companies.

The lunch keynote speaker is Cecilia Levine, president of MFI International Manufacturing and USMC Strategic Alliance. Levine has extensive experience in and garnered many awards related to manufacturing, production processes, international trade, cross border cultural relationships and economic development.

TREP EXPO session speakers and panelists include:

  • David Henry, Baylor law professor and expert in intellectual property
  • Hall Martin, CEO of Texas Entrepreneur Networks
  • Ali Mirza, founder of iSocial You
  • David Grubbs, CEO of Pegasus Fulfillment
  • Tahir Hussain with Collide Village Accelerator
  • David Matthews with Trailblazer Capital and RevTech Accelerator
  • William Morgan, angel investor

In the afternoon, startup companies, including those created by Baylor students, will be showcased at tables around the perimeter of the main event space. Representatives of those businesses will be on hand to discuss their ventures and answer questions.

Friday afternoon concludes with a Trep Networking Reception from 5:15 – 6:15 pm.

“Entrepreneurs have a major positive impact on the economy. Their value, relative to creating jobs, generating local revenue and furthering community growth, is enormous,” said Orlando Campos, director of economic development and tourism for the Town of Addison.

Drew Dietrich, manager of economic development and tourism for the Town of Addison, added, “Trep Expo is a not-to-be-missed event that offers entrepreneurs a truly unique opportunity to learn from, be inspired by, and connect with peers and success practitioners; to showcase, strengthen and celebrate the entrepreneurial journey.”

The Addison TreeHouse is a resource-centered co-working space for entrepreneurs. It is located at 14681 Midway Road, Addison Texas, 75001.

Registration for TREP EXPO is now open. Tickets to attend cost $15 and are available at

More information, as well as a complete schedule of events, can be found at

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