The Dallas Entrepreneur Center is partnering with coworking company Common Desk to provide workers with entrepreneurial education, resources and mentorship at locations across North Texas.
The center will use its network of business leaders and entrepreneurs to connect Common Desk workers with mentors relevant to the markets they’re working to enter, DEC founder and chairman Trey Bowles said.
Common Desk locations will see 20 events hosted by the DEC over the next year that could include happy hours, meetups and training for entrepreneurs, which Bowles says will help create “organic collisions” that can initiate new business opportunities.
“By creating that community inside our Common Desk partnership, we’re creating those collisions,” Bowles said.
The DEC will maintain its existing Dallas locations and provide programming to Common Desk offices in exchange for $30,000 worth of coworking space.
Dallas-based Common Desk offers flexible working space for freelancers, small businesses and emerging tech companies with locations in North Texas and Austin. The partnership will involve locations across North Texas, though specific locations weren’t revealed.
“Common Desk strives to create value for our members in every touchpoint of our coworking offerings,” Common Desk founder Nick Clark said in a statement. “We believe the programming resources that the DEC network provides will perfectly integrate with our mission to enhance the workdays of the professionals we serve.”
The partnership is the latest effort from the nonprofit to further expand its reach in Dallas-Fort Worth. Founded in 2013, DEC has provided space, training and other resources to help entrepreneurs turn ideas into full-fledged businesses. The nonprofit opened a 7,000-square-foot office in southern Dallas’ Red Bird area last year that its new CEO said was filled with entrepreneurs in just two weeks.