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April 22, 2015
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Play Without Boundaries

Jim Welch and Helen Tien

Play Without Boundaries presents Kinskii - a mobile application that integrates video chat with interactive games aimed at 2 - 7 years with families separated by distance.

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Doug Levy

TapGoods brings people together online to make it easy to rent what they need or make some money by renting out what they’re not using.

Meet the Organizers

Jennifer Conley @jenniferconley

Jennifer Conley is the Co-Founder and VP of Programming for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC). As VP of Programming, Jennifer oversees the development and execution of the programs and events designed to help startups get to profitability faster.

Kara Brown @thekarabrown

Kara is the Sports Analytics Specialist for MVPindex, specializing in social media analytics and business development. As a Michigan native and University of Michigan graduate, Kara is a dedicated Wolverine fan and loves everything maize and blue! She is active in both the Dallas start-up community and local non-profit scene.

Tara Vornkahl @tvornkahl

Tara Vornkahl is Manager of Innovation at the Dallas Regional Chamber. In this role, Tara manages elements of the innovation program of work with an emphasis on events, networking and external communications. Her passion is helping local entrepreneurs and university students get better plugged into the startup scene in DFW.

Past Organizers
Michaela Lassig @TheMichiMouse

Proudly Sponsored By

Blue Star Payment Solutions is a business solutions company that ties the power of Bank of America Merchant Services with the entertainment value associated with the world's most recognizable franchise, the Dallas Cowboys. This type of relationship is the first in the industry. Visit our website to partner with us!

Past Presenters

Oduga is a product design and retail firm of a new line of modular baby toys that grow with kids from 0 to 3 years of age, addressing specific needs of a baby at each stage. This reduces the cost of buying different toys for each stage of the baby’s growth, and at the same time reduces waste!

The Giving Blueprint


The Giving Blueprint, an award winning social enterprise, creates a more sustainable nonprofit community by encouraging public figures to partner with existing nonprofits in lieu of starting their own, developing growth strategies for nonprofits and training the next generation of nonprofit executives.



Fandeavor is a marketplace for fans to buy curated sports travel packages and discover awesome gameday experiences. Backed by Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, Fandeavor gives customers the best experience they can have at their favorite sporting events around the world.

imageMessenger, Inc


Imgr is a unique instant messaging app that turns ordinary instant messages into custom branded image messages. Create branded custom promotions that embed within outgoing instant messages.

"FiVEOH!" - is a mobile app - focused to bring local food items, priced at $5 or under to its user's. A one stop place where user connects with the food image they want and find where they can get it for $5 or less.

Your favorite neighborhood restaurants to your home or office. Now serving Denton, Frisco, and Addison! No minimum order required.

Primal Sensors


Primal Sensors is a B2B focused platform providing real-time location tracking services for amusement venues and recreational events.

Maximize your investment with A&TS. Our feature rich app will allow you to see speeds, mileage, location, duration of time traveled, and much more. All from one easy to use app, for all of your vehicles.



GradTrek is a software platform that matches graduate degrees and degree programs to a user's career and financial goals, education, personal preferences, and financial resources.

Phyletic Systems


Phyletic Systems delivers value to Big Data and Enterprise spaces by deploying novel solutions to information retrieval, analytics, and search problems previously intractable or deemed unsolvable.

ValetTAB is the mobile application that rounds out your cash free lifestyle. ValetTAB empowers its customers by giving them control over how they valet their vehicles.

Cierge offers a way for high end restaurants to learn about their most important customers, provide personalized service to VIPs, and perform segmentation analysis.

Modern Lantern


Modern Lantern is the premier online retail source that designs and manufactures cordless lighting for your home. We sell rechargeable, battery operated, decorative table lamps direct to the customer.

Each month, Foremost releases a limited-edition collection of clothing — three-to-five items per gender — alongside an interview series with some of the world's most prominent, interesting, and creative personalities.

HANSOM provides college students with a safe, on-demand, peer-to-peer transportation platform that is sensitive to today’s student budget.

Magik Help


We connect homeowners with safe, reliable and convenient labor.



Yoursportscast provides the sports viewing audience with options for different audio commentary for their TV sporting events.



The easiest way to get research conducted by business experts from top tier companies and institutions.

UTD Entrepreneurship Club


The mission of E-Club is to foster and grow the entrepreneurial spirit at UT Dallas. At Entrepreneurship Club, like-minded students are connected together and to the Dallas start-up scene to promote entrepreneurial mindsets and endeavors.

Kitchen Safe


It’s hard to stay motivated when we are surrounded by temptation. We build products that make it easier to make healthy choices and stay motivated in pursuit of goals.



NQuotient’s mission is to improve women’s career prospects and success by helping them more effectively develop and leverage their personal and professional networks.

Game Time Giving


Game Time Giving is a mobile app that allows nonprofit organizations to raise money at sporting events by creating a giving competition (challenge) between the fans at the event.

Virtual Visit is a platform that allows family members to interact with and get updates on the care that their relatives are getting at nursing homes.

The virtual, global game community where kids can safely explore, chat and play.

Mass Catalyst


An auction based platform that allows the opportunity for businesses to raise more funding with less equity while allowing investors to negotiate terms.

Create a project based on Acision’s powerful forge SDK toolkit, and you could be in the running to showcase your app at this year’s global tech events – Mobile World Congress and SXSW 2015.



Private and encrypted network which protects users privacy helping to connect people with friends, strangers and other peers anywhere, anytime and worldwide.

Klinklife, LLC.


Klinklife is a 2nd generation social media platform. Klinklife puts a competitive twist on content sharing by allowing users to share pictures, video, or audio in order to receive more likes & move up klinklife's tier system.

ResRev is an online marketplace that connects young professionals and students for resume editing, career guidance, interview prep, and general networking.

Silicon Swag


Silicon Swag is a platform that offers direct-to-garment printing and embroidery on a wide array of products for those in the startup community.



CMABROKER is an analytics software company, with the vision of revolutionizing the real estate industry using cutting edging analytics technology.

The Chef Shelf


The Chef Shelf aids chefs and restaurants with entering the prepared food market. By eliminating barriers to entry while providing management, marketing, and fulfillment we provide a gateway for independent restaurateurs to expand their brands. We aim to foster exploration and delight in the home kitchen by connecting customers to their culinary heroes, local and national food news, and great products from the chef’s kitchen and into theirs.

The need for innovation in education is hard to ignore, which is why it is one of the industries currently being transformed by the efforts of entrepreneurs. This is the time for Dallas to bring together many of the amazing education, technology, and leadership resources. Startup Weekend Education is the place to refine ideas, and launch something that matters!

The Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) is a personalized learning high school in Dallas ISD that knows our one-of-a-kind students deserve a one-of-a-kind education. In addition to a rigorous and individualized instructional program, our school offers students the opportunity to engage in mentorships and internships with community partners to apply learning to real-world situations.

Support your local hangouts by sharing their deals & specials with your friends.



Rollout is a hardware/software solution designed to eliminate the need for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) firms to print drawings on paper.



Brandfitters is a mobile app that connects consumers with brands when, how, and where they want–giving the consumer a voice and control of the relationship and engagement level.

JoopLoop is mobile software that monetizes the value of a consumer’s social network in sales transactions at retail brick and mortar and allocates a value to each consumer via their Social Networth(tm) Index (SNI). Retailers can then target consumers based on their SNI with subsequent mobile campaigns.

Livewire is a marketplace, directory and Q&A forum that connects people with financial and tax professionals online, based on community ratings and objective data. At Livewire, you can connect to live professionals by phone or video conference, for a free consultation with no obligation.

DeadEye Marksmanship


DeadEye Marksmanship, Inc. is developing technology which will improve the marksmanship abilities of civilian and military riflemen.

EasyEye's kiosk provides consumers a simple process for making tailored reading glasses with the correct strength for each eye in a retail setting.

iPal also allows you to broadcast yourself in real time. You may think of iPal as your mobile TV broadcasting station. Share exactly what you want to whom you want and for many hours without lifting a finger.

Players Revolution Sports, LLC


We are a one-of-a-kind adult recreational sports ranking and prize service offering individual and team statistical prizes, regional & national tournaments, and even your highlights on PlayersRevTV!

Glass Media


Glass-Media is a strategic partner that works with companies to bring successful online marketing solutions to physical locations.

Parqer's mobile payment solution allows drivers to have the convenience of valet parking without the hassle of carrying cash.

Grouplet LLC


We are a service that allows group leaders to easily communicate with their members via text message. The information sent out pops up on the members phone as a text and is one way so there aren't any annoying group message nightmares.

WePlanIt LLC


Crowdspeak is platform that makes members of student organizations more involved by creating an easy way for members to have a say within the group and also stay connected to what the group is doing. We are a tool that is building better organizations, bringing people together, and creating stronger communities.

Hostspot Inc.


Hostspot provides insights that help businesses optimize the performance of their customer engagement, marketing, merchandising and operations. It does for the offline businesses what Google analytics does for the online world.

Tech EdVentures


Tech EdVentures brings robotics and coding instruction to kids in grades K-8. We provide after school and weekend programs as well as summer camps on a direct service basis. As a consulting / outsource service, TEV provides contract staffing to teach STEM skills in schools or to offer training so that schools can start up their own programs.

Avyn is a women's made-to-measure brand using patent-pending body-scanning and 3D imaging technology to make custom clothing a global business.



Market research for internet startups. Find and track your competitors, discover market trends, and then establish your differentiation.

Cristi&Ali Cuisine, LLC


We do concession stands at special events in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Arizona and Louisiana. Also have a line of sauces.

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas AND the student Entrepreneurship Club


The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) is a specialized center within UT Dallas that promotes cross-disciplinary academic and outreach programs for the students, faculty and business community. We bring together the power of ideas and technology to create new ventures and support the growth of all companies, small and large.

Microsoft BizSpark


The Microsoft BizSpark program provides technology, support, visibility, and community to promising startups and entrepreneurs at no charge.

Glass Media


Revolutionizing place-based, in-store and storefront customer experiences to maximize marketing ROI.

TabRassa LLC


TabRassa helps companies tell their story in the most compelling way on iOS and Android tablets. We equip sales teams with interactive content to help demonstrate how their solution meets a client's need. A TabRassa sales apps integrates expert copywriting, video production and graphic design to draw people to a company's solution.



Fulltential helps removes one thing from organizations that is costing America $2 trillion a year in medical costs and lost productivity. Fulltential removes the one thing from organization that will positively impact every aspect of it. Fulltential will improve employee engagement, boost productivity, strengthen cultures, and increase profits by helping remove one thing. Fulltential helps businesses expand by expanding comfort zones. Fulltential helps remove one thing. Fulltential helps remove fear.

LiveWire, Inc.


LiveWire saves people time and money with a new way to file their taxes. We give customers a FREE online consult with a live tax expert, on their computer, through video conferencing. Now doing your taxes is as simple as 1-2-3: talk to a live tax expert instantly, upload your documents, and relax while our tax experts do all the work.

Startup Jam Session


Join us for a lighting round startup jam session. Each person in the audience will have 60 seconds to pitch their startup and we'll open it up for 60 seconds of Q&A from the community



Jables is an online area specific entertainment guide that uses user ratings and reviews to help users find great entertainment choices. Users can quickly sort and filter from a comprehensive list of entertainment to create a list that is relevant to them right from their computer or smart phone. Jables is similar to Yelp but for entertainment.

Startup Weekend Dallas Health Edition


Startup Weekend Dallas is a local event that connects entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and anyone with an idea to build a startup in 54 hours.



Captivating media content and crowdfunding campaigns that inspire people to live for more.



Kwelia is an innovative real estate data and intelligence platform with a focus on residential rentals in urban markets. Our products provide real-time pricing and forecasts so that rental transaction parties can maximize profitability.

Iron Triangle Distribution


Iron Triangle Distribution helps to expand the craft beer community by providing local Texan breweries with a means to reach a larger market around the state.



ZenVerify is a cloud-based automated web testing company. We bring harmony to IT.



Airvirtise is an Augmented Reality platform designed to provide knowledge, experiences and memories over our existing environment.



We are artisans of the internet. We bring life to your vision with handcrafted pixels and code. We are guides. We will help you navigate from concept to success. Swiftly. Efficiently. Skillfully.



Matramoney gives recently engaged couples the opportunity to raise funds for all of the over budget items they wish they could have in their Wedding, Reception, or Honeymoon from their friends and family.

The Vinson Company -The Sweet Potato Pie Shop


The Vinson Company features delicious deserts with a theme based around Sweet Potato. With 6 different varieties of Sweet Potato Pie, Sweet Potato Ice Cream and Popcorn, Chess Pie and more the companies goal is to provide traditional deserts with a twist.

3Headed Monster


3headedmonster is a next generation advertising agency. We are a super-mutant combo of the three modern essentials - story, design and technology. Our ambition is to build the brands that will shape tomorrow.



Narrable gives teachers the ability to hear every student reflect on what they’ve learned in class and experienced in life through authentic voice narrations.

Recurring event for the coworking community to connect and collaborate, as well as introduce our community to a larger Dallas audience.

HZ Technologies LLC


HZT has two Service lines: - HZT works with SME’s to set up PMO’s (frameworks for Project, Program and Portfolio management). - Software Product development

Parqer allows valet companies to accept credit card payments from customers without requiring any investment in equipment or monthly data plans. For free. In exchange for a small convenience fee, customers never have to worry about borrowing money from friends, looking for ATMs, or carrying a pocketful of $1s to pay for valet parking.

The College Connect Inc.


The College Connect is a one-stop hub for everything college that helps students find anything from textbooks to parties to fraternities and even landing a job all at one place. We connect students to each other and help guide them through college life.

Grouplet LLC


Grouplet is a text message based system that allows group leaders to quickly broadcast text messages to their entire group through a unique phone number while also allowing members of the group to text the phone number and receive automated responses based on keywords.



Photomadic is an open photo booth that allows guests to instantly upload their photos to Facebook, Twitter and Email by using its built-in iPads.



We are creating a mobile application that helps groups to collaboratively plan, communicate, and connect with group activities.

Clay Piggy


Clay Piggy teaches basic money management and financial literacy skills in a fun game based virtual world to elementary school children.



MutualMind is a "Social Listening as a Service" that empowers OEM partners and service providers to monitor as well as promote brands on social networks while providing actionable analytics and insights to increase social media ROI.



DigiWorks is a seasoned team of digital professionals who work with E-Commerce and Retail customer teams to deliver a consumer 1:1 data science engine that delivers revenue and value.

iPal is Re-inventing the Camera. Let your eyes to be your camera!

SafeTacMag, LLC Safe Tactical Magazine


SafeTacMag, Inc. has developed an innovative, yet simple, M16/M4 training magazine designed specifically to prevent accidental discharges of live ammunition during military and police training exercises, thus protecting lives, preventing injuries and saving the government hundreds of millions of dollars. Unlike conventional magazines currently in use, which accept live and blank ammunition interchangeably, SafeTacMag’s magazine restricts live ammo from being inserted in to the magazine.

ZinkUz is an patented-technology, social, enterprise networking platform. It randomly connects employees together to start new friendships within an organization. It's designed for any organization(business, school, church, trade show) that has more than 250 people in one location.

Akros TechLabs


Akros TechLabs is a security solutions company, focused on developing low-cost, highly scalable, small foot-print cyber security solutions for the B2B and B2C markets. Our user authentication solution extends VPN-like secure access to Cloud and Mobile environments.

Skyven Technologies, LLC


Skyven is pioneering a rooftop technology that drastically reduces the cost of solar energy for commercial and industrial facilities. The technology combines solar water heating and solar electricity generation, giving customers two systems for the price of one.



The mission of bhanashades is to help change the world through social enterprise. We believe in empowering our customers and our partners to help increase the quality of life of those in need. Bhanashades aims to do this by our 50/50 Promise: 50 percent of the retail price of our sunglasses will be donated to the partnered charity selected by our consumers. Our sunglasses are affordable, fashionable and polarized.



Guideally is a marketplace connecting you with authentic travel experiences and things to do. Worldwide, but directly from locals.

Software company offering a web-based SaaS HR Labor Optimization program

Yoolod Inc


Software platform for live POV video streaming with interactive back audio to control the person streaming.



Brevida is the originator of CafeChia, the first on-the-go, chia seed coffee energy drink with a nutritional 1:2 punch!



Upswing helps to improve student retention in the college and university market by partnering with schools to bring online tutoring and academic support services to students.



GruupMeet® empowers meeting and event professionals to proactively control and monitor meticulous meeting details in real-time. Our custom dashboards make it easy to manage logistics and communication, putting companies in control of planning – rather than the other way around!

Lend A Hand Family DBA (H3 Healthy Hip Hop)


At Lend A Hand Family, Inc., we strive towards reaching youth and strengthening our community. We have branded "Healthy Hip Hop" music which impresses a mentality of overall positive living. Our exemplary music influences listeners to increase physical activity, value education and to work hard at reaching goals. We focus on creating products and services that will stimulate, motivate, and educate our youth.



We provide realtime updates to customers that take their car to the Auto Dealership for service work.



PledgeCents is 'Bake Sale 2.0'. We are the crowdfunding platform for all K-12 schools and teachers to raise funds for any school or classroom need. We allow causes to be created by K-12 faculty members, PTA/PTO/Booster Club members, and non-profits that work with education.

Secret Happy Hour


Secret Happy Hour is a smart phone app that keeps the latest recurring and exclusive Secret Happy Hour specials in your immediate area at your finger tips at all times. For our local, independent bars and restaurants, we provide a cheap, elegant and effective marketing solution with back end analytics.



TangoTab is a mobile app working to end hunger in the local community. The app provides consumers with free restaurant offers. Each time a consumer uses an offer, TangoTab donates a meal to a person in need. To date, TangoTab has donated over 235,000 meals across the nation.

EarthWater PLC


EarthWater's mission is to manufacture, sell to consumers, distributors, and retail outlets a wide range of fulvic & humic based natural water products.

Veterans Moving America


Veterans Moving America is a values-based moving company that exclusively hires American veterans in an effort to provide support and opportunity through employment. We maintain a team-oriented company culture that allows us to serve our customers with unbeatable service. We currently offer local and statewide moving services within the state of Texas.

Foot Cardigan


One random pair of crazy socks in your mailbox every month. We are a sock subscription company.



Inspired by modern athletic gear and influenced by professional sensibilities, our American-made, moisture-wicking, wrinkle-free dress shirts blend class and comfort. They are Tradition. Evolved.

Need is a refined retailer and monthly lifestyle magazine for men.



A location based mobile app that allows you to see and share photos and videos based on how close they are to you.



The only social discovery platform that connects commercial real estate professionals to their projects.



4DSales is a tablet based (iPad and Windows 8) application developed for sales professionals by sales professionals with the expressed purpose of creating energy, conversation and professionalism in a sales call.



Cariloop’s digital platform is used by seniors and families to help make better decisions about the geriatric care providers they work with. Think of us as Expedia or Yelp for the senior care space. By supplying a portal where these providers can easily share information about their availability, pricing, services, and more, Cariloop users can quickly browse through dynamic search results to read patient ratings, discover which providers meet their needs, and connect with them immediately.

Calamity Gym, LLC


Fitness meets philanthropy, and the world is impacted. Calamity Gym is mobile fitness, available 24/7 on phones, tablets, TVs and computers. Members create private workouts, exercise live onscreen, issue "Challenges," score points and earn prizes, all while benefiting their favorite charity. 25% of our profits go to the "calamities" of the world.

My Life My Power


My Life My Power (MLMP) is a National 501(c)3 Anti-Bullying and Youth Development Non-Profit, that was founded in 2010 by Undefeated Mixed Martial Arts Fighter and WWE’s Tough Enough Champion, Daniel Puder.



MakeMyPlate acts as a personal nutritionist, by providing a visual guide to make smart and healthy food choices.

Tantrum Street


Founded on the motivation of positive disruption, Tantrum Street leverages new technology to develop products and solutions that alleviate challenges in our lives caused by commonly assumed boundaries. We’re beginning with the one thing nearly every person does on a daily basis – conduct a transaction.

Haul Company


The Haul Company delivers powerful targeted branding and advertising campaigns by partnering them with the world's top video content creators.



Hedgechatter correlates Social Media Financial Chatter to Stock Price. They provide a platform which monitors keywords, trends, conversations and social media stock sentiment across a range of social media sites to determine the price direction of a stock. Traders can watch activity for selected stocks and analyze trending social influence resulting in better trading decisions. Learn more about HedgeChatter.com



Transforming business travel to incorporate continous learning through the use of Air Learning Labs. An Imaginarim of possible solutions for business and individual consumption.

Order My Gear


OrderMyGear.com offers a platform for sporting goods dealers to create and manage online stores.



At iDesignEDU our mission is to accelerate the availability of high quality online courses and degree programs offered by universities and community colleges. Through focused collaboration, we provide our partners with instructional design support, quality assurance services, and consulting services to dramatically increase student access to innovative online courses at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree levels.



ScribeSense makes testing less stressful for both teachers and students. Our secure online service automates grading process and provides insights on class performance.

Wojo Wallet


Wojo is an innovative wallet that securely stores your cash and cards. It easily fits in your front or back pocket, and is a perfect replacement for a flimsy money clip or bulky wallet. Wojo is made of easy-to-clean silicone and neoprene, is water resistant, and even floats. This versatile wallet is perfect for everything from skiing and hiking to nights out.



Kinesio radically shifts physical therapy monitoring & measurements into the 21st century, dramatically impacting the lives of patients.

Legacy Media is a full service production company. We are a company based in Dallas that creates content for the tv market in Kenya. We started with a project that highlighted the differences between living and working in Africa versus in the United States. The company was formed to create more material as we discovered an audience during the initial production. We are part of a large diaspora of Africans, now African-Americans, who have settled in the United States.



Healthfundr is building the marketplace for funding health innovation. We provide average accredited investors access to invest in health startups alongside expert lead investors at low investment minimums. We are bringing transparency and efficiency to a complex, scattered, and inefficient market. The platform also provides startups access to capital, connections, expertise, and employees; and researchers access to potential investors, donors, and IP purchasers.



Cupenya is a cloud-based workflow analytics solution that provides executives with a 360-view of their company, equipping them with the accuracy and transparency needed in order to lead a successful business. We are the first standard out-of-the-box solution that empowers businesses to maintain a competitive advantage through their real-time analytics, monitoring systems, and predictive analytics engine.

RAK Retail Group, Inc.


I am building www.suitrak.com to be the high-quality, affordable alternative to traditional suit stores.

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