LiftFund’s Women’s Business Center of DFW collaborates with other organizations supporting
small businesses in North Texas. Our partners have some great opportunities that we want to
share with you.

Check out these opportunities and events for June 2021!

THE DEC NETWORK
Your Startup Cohort
APPLY NOW FOR 10-WEEK INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL TRAINING & MICROGRANT
This special opportunity for entrepreneurs; growth-stage small business owners based in the DFW
Metroplex. This Bootcamp blends reading, research, and discussion on a range of topics with experienced
business experts, financial coaches, mentors, and entrepreneurs. Participants will plan and analyze their vision
by creating a thoroughly tested business plan in order to help them prepare for long-term business success
with access to funding. Program requirements include having a registered business, being in business for at least two
years, is based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and paying a $35 application fee. Powered by Target.
 $2,000 microgrant to support startup costs, and
o Guidance from a mentor in The DEC Network Mentor Program
o Ongoing community support from the DEC@Redbird Team the first 180 days after training
o Membership in The DEC Network’s Community with additional resources and support
 Apply by June 22 and at https://b.link/YourStartUp Acceptances (and declines) will be sent on June 28th.
Orientation will be on July 7th and the Cohort begins on July 15th.
 Questions:  jamila@thedec.co

TEXAS GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION FOR WOMEN
Pitch Competition for Women-Owned Small Business
Women-owned small business are invited to apply for this pitch competition if your business transformed or
was re-invented during the uncertain times of the pandemic. An awardee will be named for each of the 5 regions
of Texas, determined by where the business is located. This special opportunity is made possible by Sempra
Energy’s support of the Beacon State Fund.
Qualifications: Must be at least 51% women-owned and managed, registered in the State of TX, operated for
more than 12 months, employed 15 or less in 2020, and with revenues of $1,000,000 or less in 2020.
 $7500 Award!
 Apply by September 1, 2021, North Texas region at https://gov.texas.gov/apps/women/pitch/
(Other regions have earlier deadlines.)
Questions: please send a message to the Governor’s Commission for Women or call 512-475-2615.

DALLAS STARTUP WEEK SERIES
SAFEs, Convertible Notes, and Equity: What Are The Differences, And How Do You Pick?
Thursday, June 10, 2021 Noon to 1:00 pm CDT
We will discuss different methods of fundraising, and help demystify the vocabulary, structure, and benefits of
each method. With a panel of attorneys, venture capitalists, and founders, attendees will get a multi-perspective
view on the fundraising process and all the legal concerns to be aware of on that path.
 Register here (link to https://thedec.brushfire.com/dsw-preview-series/504311/Questions

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