April 8, 2016, 11:00am to 1:30pm

At Brookhaven College – Building H

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Many companies choose to innovate internally in a closed system, which can be difficult and expensive. More and more businesses are embracing and practicing Open Innovation by seeking ideas and solutions from startups and academic institutions. This approach reduces the time and costs associated with research and development for products and services. Open Innovation can enable companies to cultivate new strategic business relationships as a customer, revenue partner, or capital investor.

Join us for lunch and a stellar line-up of North Texas’ leaders on the topic of Open Innovation.

Come network with the largest companies in Addison, startup companies, and academic institutions.

Learn more about our take on Open Innovation and ways the Bridge Alliance can help your business.


April 8, 2016


11:00am to 1:30pm


Brookhaven College – Building H

Brookhaven College Logo


Event Agenda

11:00am to 11:30am Startup Showcase, Sign-In and Networking
11:30am to 12:00pm

Luncheon Begins and Welcome
Orlando Campos, Director of Addison Economic Development
Ken Koo, CEO at Bridge Alliance

12:00pm to 12:30pm

United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Role in Innovation
Keynote Speaker: Hope Shimabaku, Regional Director at USPTO

Panel Discussion on Corporate Challenges Solved by Startups
Jeff Rodgers, Director of Parking and Traffic Services at American Airlines Center
George Baker, CEO and Founder at ParkHub
Scott Shakespeare, General Manager of Branding, Promotions and Advertising at Alon USA Energy
Daniel Wagstaff, CEO at Pocketstop

12:30pm to 1:00pm Panel Discussion on Academic Innovation, Research and Entrepreneurship
Moderated by Cristin Thomas, Executive Director 10,000 Small Businesses at DCCCD
Michael Bailey, Professor Mathematics Department at Brookhaven College
J. Scott Sires, Professor Geospatial Technology at Brookhaven College
Karie Williams, Visiting Scholar Visual Communications at Brookhaven College

Panel Discussion on Startups Creating Innovative Business Solutions
Bettina Bennett, CEO at Whichbox Media
Daniel Black, CEO at Glass Media

1:00pm to 1:30pm

Art and Innovation
Katherine Wagner, CEO at Business Council for the Arts (BCA)

Startups and Enterprises Unite to Help North Texas
Sejal Desai, Program Director at Entrepreneurs For North Texas (EFNT)

Startup Showcase and Networking

*Programming and speakers are subject to change based upon availability


Our Service Members

Our service partners have been carefully curated to provide industry specific skills and resources required for open innovation projects.

  • Vela Wood

    We are a boutique corporate law firm that focuses our practice on small businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups. As a one-time startup and now a small business ourselves, we are proud to represent the businesses and ideas that are fueling tomorrow’s growth. Our experience grants us the ability to truly understand your business from the inside out. We endeavor to provide counsel as your attorney and your partner. Whether it’s counseling a new venture, orchestrating a deal, or handling a business claim, we pride ourselves in accomplishing your goals. We encourage you to give us a call to see how we can help you today. Vela Wood Website 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln. Suite 802 Dallas, TX 75206 (214) 821-2300

  • DHDFilms

    DHD Films is an Emmy nominated, full-service video production and motion graphics studio. We tell compelling stories designed to help build powerful brands. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, innovative startups, government and creative agencies. We specialize in the creation and deployment of visual campaigns using video, the fastest growing communications medium.     DHDfilms Website 2500 Farrington St #120 Dallas, TX 75207 214.730.0101

  • Chase

    Startups and Enterprise both need banking services. Chase provides some of the best in the world. From commercial lending to merchant services, Chase Business Banking has the solutions you need to scale with your business. Chase Website 8111 Preston Road, Floor 02 Dallas, Texas 75225

  • CBRE

    When it comes to real estate, CBRE sees potential everywhere. We turn scale into strength, expense into performance, and property into prosperity. All in service of building distinct advantages for every client we serve.  Explore how we build advantage every day through the outcomes we deliver, the perspectives we offer and the ideas we believe in. The CBRE Technology & Media Practice is an advisory group comprised of the company’s industry experts, covering the top technology markets across the globe. Our experts understand what makes technology and media companies tick and helps those companies grow – from Angel Investment to IPO and beyond. CBRE Dallas Website Jeff Eiting, Vice President Technology and Media Practice 2100 McKinney Ave. Suite 700 Dallas, TX 75201 214-979-6118

  • MWA

    Above and beyond is a phrase that everyone knows – but few have actually had the pleasure of experiencing it. MWA gives “above and beyond” new, personal meaning for your business. It gives permission to every MWA employee to serve our clients better and smarter – and to seek ways to differentiate our firm by delighting each client in tailored, bespoke ways. This is the antithesis of a forms and transactional planning practice – it is relational, building on the foundational strengths of our firm. MWA Website 101 East Park Boulevard Suite 1200 Plano, Texas 75074 972.881.1501

Our startup partners

Are you a startup? Want to be part of Bridge Alliance? Join any of the great startup programs in North Texas to receive Bridge Alliance benefits.

  • The DEC

    The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (the DEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which serves entrepreneurs in the Dallas area, providing a location where they can receive training, education, mentorship, promotion and access to capital in order to encourage and equip the entrepreneurial community to start, build and grow their businesses. Facilitating a culture of entrepreneurship and ‘giving before you get’, the DEC connects new and old entrepreneurs with a vibrant, collaborative environment. 311 North Market St., Floor 2, Dallas, TX 75202 (469) 480-4466

  • Revtech

    Simply put, our mission at REVTECH is to make Dallas the center of the universe for retail technology innovation. Our goal is to facilitate the technological evolution of the restaurant and retail industry and we achieve this by attracting, mentoring, and connecting experienced entrepreneurs with viable products to talent, customers, and investors. Mentors are a big part of what makes our program successful. We select our mentors for their entrepreneurial experience, retail & restaurant industry backgrounds, and involvement with venture capital. All of our mentors are committed to helping provide strategic connections, resources, and advisorship to our participating companies. Our accelerator and seed fund is modeled after successful accelerators throughout the US that have pioneered a new way of deploying venture capital that is closely coupled with active mentorship, a purpose-driven education & development program that culminates in a “Pitch Day.” REVTECH Website 311 N Market St, Suite 200 Dallas, […]

  • LaunchDFW

    LaunchDFW is a media organization that covers seed and early stage startups, technology and entrepreneurship across the metroplex through various forms of content, including news, live and digital media, and events. LaunchDFW Website 1910 Pacific Place, 17th Floor Dallas, TX 75201

  • Collide Village

    Collide Village is a milestone driven accelerator where we invest in startups, teach them about evidence based entrepreneurship, and help founders brand and commercialize their innovations. It Takes a Village to Raise a Start-up Mentors, partners, investors, university alliances, and corporate patrons make up our village. This network prides itself on providing our start-ups with the support they need. This is both our network and our village! An exclusive list of top-level mentors from across the nation chooses to donate time, knowledge, and experience to our start-ups. These mentors have demonstrated success and lived a life of their own in the start-up world. They drive our Village to the next level. A key differentiating factor of the CVAP is that start-ups perform extensive customer validation before investing in further product development. After market validation, start-ups work with top-notch market research firms and expert branding mentors. They develop go-to-market and marketing […]

  • NoD

    Our members include technology startups, software developers, growth hackers, artists, digital designers, PR/Media specialists, and hardware engineers. E-mail to schedule a tour! NoD’s mission is to enable startups, designers, developers, and independent workers to grow and thrive as one big happy creative community. We do this by creating an environment where entrepreneurs and freelancers can create, connect and collaborate. Create – give members access to collaboration tools, whiteboards, meeting rooms, and lab space where they can flesh out their ideas, get feedback, and start building. Connect – encourage networking within the space by connecting members to each other and to the larger startup ecosystem in North Texas including other coworking spaces, events, and organizations that support startups. Collaborate – build things together and get support from fellow members who are also starting new companies.     NoD Website 17290 Preston Rd #300 Dallas, TX 75252

  • Addison Treehouse

    Founded by the Town of Addison and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (aka The DEC) the Treehouse is a resource centered co-working space focused on providing aspiring entrepreneurs with education, programing/events, and mentorship that are vital for the growth and sustainability of businesses. Born from a shared vision among small business and entrepreneurship advocates, the Treehouse believes investment in entrepreneurs is investment in the community. The Treehouse serves entrepreneurs in the North Dallas area, providing an innovative space that combines the benefits of a vibrant co-working space, and the resources of the Addison Economic Development Department. Our aim is to encourage and equip the entrepreneurial community to start, build and grow their businesses as well as offer training, education, mentorship, promotion and community. With regular events and speakers, access to mentors and advisors, and a clean energetic workspace, the TreeHouse is the perfect place for you to grow. Addison Treehouse Website […]

Our Non-Profit Partners

Innovation helps with solving problems and servicing our cause in the community. Entrepreneurs for North Texas and North Texas Business Council for the Arts sees the value in the Bridge Alliance and we are glad they do.

  • Entrepreneurs For North Texas (EFNT)

    Who We Are Entrepreneurs For North Texas is a program of Communities Foundation of Texas that serves the North Texas business community. Established in the summer of 2000, EFNT’s network of more than 100 Member Companies includes early stage, small and mid-size businesses, private equity investors, venture capitalists and a wide range of professional service providers who all have a commitment to give back to the communities in which they live and work. What We Do EFNT assists our Member Companies in harnessing the power of their corporate assets through philanthropy and community programs in order to serve social needs while meeting corporate objectives. EFNT provides the due diligence in identifying the most strategic alliances with nonprofit organizations for its Member Companies so that maximum impact on both the company and the community can be achieved. Additionally, EFNT hosts networking events that celebrate corporate philanthropy, tap into the wisdom of […]

  • Business Council for the Arts

    At Business Council for the Arts (BCA), we create strong business/arts partnerships that build world-class communities where people want to live, work and grow. Trust Us to Find the Right Nonprofit Arts Partner for Your Business to Invest In BCA is a trusted advisor to businesses seeking to further their corporate citizenship. Our comprehensive database of North Texas arts and cultural organizations can assist you in finding the nonprofit partners that align best with your philanthropic, talent building or public relations objectives, creating a direct link to those you sponsor. Increase Your Employee Engagement Employees at BCA member companies receive invitations to 12 curated cultural events each year! Think of us as your business’ cultural gym membership, keeping your workforce entertained, refreshed, and in the know about our region’s cultural assets. Use our cultural events to introduce current and prospective employees to the vibrant cultural life of North Texas, showcasing it […]