Lunch + Learn: Business Benefits of TechHire
Jan
16
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch + Learn: Business Benefits of TechHire

Come learn from NCTC how TechHire can benefit your business. The TechHire grant is a Department of Labor grant focused on supporting students with barriers studying IT, Engineering Technology, and Industrial Technology.

This presentation will cover the benefits of businesses partnering with TechHire to access a pipeline of skilled workers. Additional business partner benefits include TechHire paying a portion of the interns salary. They will also discuss the benefits of the program for students including financial assistance, one-on-one coaching, and paid internship opportunities.

The TechHire grant has opportunities to benefit prospective students, current workers needing upskilling, and business owners as well.

This workshop will be lead by Lauren Williamson, Education and Employment Coach, and Bekah Sanchez, Grant Manager.

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Startup Fundraising Workshop Series: Equity as Currency
Dec
13
1:00 PM13:00

Startup Fundraising Workshop Series: Equity as Currency

A company's stock (equity) is an often misunderstood but powerful way to recruit people and resources to your business plan. Learn how startup equity can be used as currency. Lead by Kubos CEO and Cofounder Marshall Culpepper. 

In this workshop participants will go over the different ways a new company can both create and allocate stock to:

* Find co-founders
* Recruit advisors, and employees
* Raise a round of financing
* Retain and reward employees

FREE, but participants must RSVP.

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Community Workshop: Crafting a Great Kickstarter Campaign
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Community Workshop: Crafting a Great Kickstarter Campaign

Kickstarter offers designers, makers, and engineers a unique opportunity to connect with an audience and raise funds to bring their products to life. We’ll hear from Clarissa Redwine, Senior Outreach Lead for Design and Technology, about best practices for crafting great campaigns and building community on Kickstarter. We'll explore the core steps involved in planning, building, and managing a Kickstarter campaign. We'll also discuss strategies for building community and press outreach in preparation for launch.

After attending this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Develop a plan for a Kickstarter campaign

  • Create an outline for a campaign story

  • Identify assets to bring a product to life

  • Build a plan for community and press outreach

This event is FREE to the public, but participants must RSVP HERE to save their spot.

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Lunch + Learn: Crafting a Great Kickstarter Campaign
Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch + Learn: Crafting a Great Kickstarter Campaign

Kickstarter offers designers, makers, and engineers a unique opportunity to connect with an audience and raise funds to bring their products to life. We’ll hear from Clarissa Redwine, Senior Outreach Lead for Design and Technology, about best practices for crafting great campaigns and building community on Kickstarter. We'll explore the core steps involved in planning, building, and managing a Kickstarter campaign. We'll also discuss strategies for building community and press outreach in preparation for launch.

After attending this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Develop a plan for a Kickstarter campaign

  • Create an outline for a campaign story

  • Identify assets to bring a product to life

  • Build a plan for community and press outreach

Lunch Provided. Free for Stoke members, small fee for nonmembers. RSVP HERE.

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Lunch + Learn: Unlock New Opportunities With a Clear Brand Story
Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch + Learn: Unlock New Opportunities With a Clear Brand Story

As a small business, how do you stand out from your competitors? How do you attract the best clients, top talent, and necessary funding? This Lunch + Learn will be lead by Heather Steele, founder of Blue Steele Solutions, a web design and branding agency.

Whether you're just getting started with a side-gig or you've been in business for years, there's one thing that can truly set you apart and make people want to hire your services, buy your products and champion your growth. That one thing is your story.

Your brand story goes beyond what you do and tells the world why you do it. Your brand story gives people the emotional connection they yearn for and turns customers and partners into champions of your success. Your brand story transforms you from someone who delivers a product or service to someone who has a purpose and spends every day living that purpose.

Participants can expect to learn why a clear brand story is the key to moving your business forward and start to build their own brand story during this interactive workshop.

Lunch + Learns are free for Stoke members and there is a small fee for nonmembers. Lunch is included. RSVP Required.

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Denton Startup Night
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Denton Startup Night

Please join us for an evening celebration of Denton startups! Come have a drink and mingle with the founders of some of Denton's great startups like those behind Ready Rosie, Bunch Bike, Kubos, and many more.

The feature of the evening will be a panel discussion - Denton Startups: Why Denton?

This event is free and open to the public but you must register HERE.

Please note: This event is included w/Denton Startup Crawl ticket purchase.


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Denton Startup Crawl
Nov
1
5:30 PM17:30

Denton Startup Crawl

Join Stoke Denton for a walking tour of local startups ranging from marketing to tech. You'll get to peep inside the brains and spaces of some of Denton's great startups: Kubos, GSATi, From the Future, Square 205 and Ready Rosie.

Come see their space and learn how they got their start, what they do, what failures they grew from, and how they are putting Denton on the map.

After the startup crawl, participants are invited to Stoke for a reception to enjoy light refreshments and drinks (for 21+). Stoke member companies (Bunch Bike, Upventur, Zarcode, and more) will also be present to answer questions and tell visitors about their work and the coworking community.

Startups are located on the Denton Square or at The Railyard. Total walking distance is about 1.5 miles. Startups are located on the Denton Square or at The Railyard. Total walking distance is about 1.5 miles. RESERVE your spot in the startup crawl here.


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Startup Fundraising Workshop Series: Pitching to Investors
Oct
24
1:00 PM13:00

Startup Fundraising Workshop Series: Pitching to Investors

Are you interested in learning how to fund your startup? Walk through the process and topics associated with engaging investors and learn how to stand out. Lead by Mark Cieri, a Denton Angel investor and CEO of QV Partners. Mark will share with participants the Denton Angel's submission outline, personal observations about high-quality pitches, and some do's and don’ts.
This is the first in a series of workshops for startup fundraising.

Light refreshments will be provided. This workshop is free to attend for Stoke members, and there is a small fee for nonmembers. RSVP required.

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Bookkeeping for Small Businesses
Oct
16
12:00 PM12:00

Bookkeeping for Small Businesses

Come learn from long-time professional bookkeeper, Karl Gossot, about small business bookkeeping. Participants can expect to leave with a general understanding of why accounting and rigorous bookkeeping matters, choosing the best business structure, bookkeeping software, and accounting method, how to organize a bookkeeping task schedule, reporting requirements and more. Lunch included. Lunch + Learns are free for Stoke Members and there is a small fee for nonmembers. Reserve your space for this Lunch + Learn today.

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Lunch + Learn - Purposeful Growth for the Young Company
Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch + Learn - Purposeful Growth for the Young Company

Purposeful Growth for the Young Company - Navigating People Pitfalls During Go-Go Growth is the next up in our series of Lunch and Learn events. Stoke member, Dustin Baker, will teach us about managing growth, maintaining culture, and hiring the right people for your growing company.

Cost is just $3.75 for non members and includes lunch, drinks and the talk. RSVP is required. Click here to sign up and reserve your space!

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Fireside Chat with Armadillo Ale Works
Aug
29
5:30 PM17:30

Fireside Chat with Armadillo Ale Works

The first Stoke Fireside Chat will be held at Armadillo Ale Works on August 29th from 5:30-7:30. Kevin Roden, Vice President of Ready Rosie, will interview Armadillo Ale Works co-founders Yianni Arestis and Bobby Mullins to learn about the determination and hard work that went into the opening of their brewery and tap room in downtown Denton. 

Through this program, Stoke hopes to provide a platform for entrepreneurs of Denton to share their journey with their fans and supporters. Together we can honor the successful business that they have built and hopefully inspire others to follow their own dreams of being an entrepreneur.

Register here!

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Basics of Intellectual Property
Aug
27
12:00 PM12:00

Basics of Intellectual Property

Basics of Intellectual Property For the Start-Up World

This talk will explore the different types of intellectual property (IP) to help you understand how to protect and commercialize your entrepreneurial ideas. From employees to founders, IP plays a huge role on the value of new companies. This talk will help familiarize you with some best practices and when you need to seek specialized help for you or your company.

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Machine Learning: Uses and Misuses
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

Machine Learning: Uses and Misuses

For the latest in the TechMill Summer Series, Danielle Gaither will be talking about machine learning, which has been all over the news lately! Are we about to be overthrown by sentient robots?

Come to think of it, what is machine learning anyway? And is it the right solution for any of the problems you might have? Danielle will provide a brief overview of what machine learning is along with some of its more commonly-used tools. There will also be a discussion of how to use it and how not to use it since no tool is right for every job.

Come enjoy all of this FREE at Stoke, 608 East Hickory Street, on Thursday, August 16th at 6:00 PM. If you can't join us in person, this Meetup will also be streamed via YouTube (link will be posted before the meetup starts).

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Lunch + Learn - Don't Track Me, Bro: An Introduction to GDPR
Jul
11
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch + Learn - Don't Track Me, Bro: An Introduction to GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25th, 2018 in the European Union has global effects on how we collect, process, and utilize data for marketing and business applications. This presentation will cover what GDPR is, how it affects us, and how it helps you become a more ethical business when handling personal data.

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Lunch + Learn - Small Business Taxes
Jun
13
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch + Learn - Small Business Taxes

Russell Wallace, CPA of Wallace Accounting and Advisory will be teaching this Lunch + Learn. The topic is on small business taxes and financial reporting. Russell will speak on some of the essential things small business owners need to know in regards to staying current and ensuring accuracy on these crucial subjects.

Lunch is provided, thanks to the sponsorship of Wallace Accounting and Advisory. RSVP is required and space is limited.

RSVP Here

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Headshot Day
May
18
4:00 PM16:00

Headshot Day

Stoke Coworking is hosting a Headshot Day on Friday, May 11 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This free event will be located in the coworking center’s event space, and is open to entrepreneurs, professionals, and students of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels.

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