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Local tech organization to host collaborative community event

Local tech organization to host collaborative community event

Local tech organization to host collaborative community event
June 05
18:25 2014

Steven James / Staff Writer

Tech creatives from around the Denton area will have the chance to discuss new business and technology ideas at TechMill’s “Bootstrap Denton: A Denton Tech Creatives Mixer” Monday night.

The mixer will be a way for TechMill to bring local tech creatives together so they can talk about their business ideas to possible investors. The mixer is also for TechMill to raise funds for its co-working initiative, a place in which tech creatives and businesses will be able to work together to create new ideas, and for the major Denton tech conference that will be held in March.

The mixer will be at East Side Denton at 117 E. Oak St. June 9 from 6:30- 9:30 p.m. Other sponsors for the event are local organizations UP Global and Startup Weekend. Scheduled events at the mixer include lectures from local tech hubs and startup businesses, including Innovation Greenhouse and Compost Denton.

Pre-registration to the mixer is not required to attend, but people must pre-register on the event Web site if they would like to purchase drink tokens. People do not need to be 21 to attend the mixer. Tip jars will be at the mixer for people who want to make donations to TechMill, but do not want to drink alcohol.

TechMill secretary of the board Clarissa Redwine said that since UNT students are a large part of the Denton tech scene, they are the target audience for the mixer.

“We think that they’re a huge part of the Denton tech scene, so even if they are just barely getting into tech, or are interested in creative startups, or business, or even just like being independent, they should definitely come to this event and learn what’s out there for them, the tools that they have at their fingertips here,” Redwine said. “It’s all of the event organizers and tech creatives tied in a bow.”

She also said that the increase in the number of involved college students is one of the main reasons why the tech scene is evolving.

“The Denton tech scene is very similar to the music scene here,” she said. “It’s always changing and it’s becoming more popular.”

TechMill co-founder and board member Kyle Taylor said he has been trying to improve the state of the Denton tech community since he was a student at UNT.

“In thriving startup communities, you often see events that bring entrepreneurs together in various ways and locations,” he said.

He also said the evolving tech scene can help residents, such as bringing new jobs to Denton.

“The Denton community is very much about community- intimate spaces, supporting local businesses and enjoying the company of their friends and neighbors,” Taylor said. “We are very much a ‘give before you get’ community, and we love seeing when that happens.”

TechMill president Marshall Culpepper said people who attend will also get to learn different techniques from successful entrepreneurs.

“It’s basically the scientific methodology of what the business scene is,” he said. “Test the hypothesis, see if it works.”

He also said college students should attend because they bring their own unique styles to the Denton area.

“We want people to attend the mixer that only a college mind can bring to this,” he said.

Feature Photo: TechMill secretary of the board Clarissa Redwine works on planning for Bootstrap Denton: A Denton Tech Creatives Mixer. The mixer will start at 6:30 p.m. on June 9 at East Side Denton on Oak Street. Photo by Steven James – Staff Writer

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