The day before 2015, Gabriella, Clarisa and I sat in a restaurant, laptops and brains wide open. We met to talk about 2014 and our team goals for this year. We came with lists upon lists of things we want to accomplish and big dreams and goals. But it didn’t go quite as we planned (isn’t that how plans work?).
It’s true we have some seriously ambitious and exciting goals for the year, and we did spend a good amount of time mapping some of those out. But at one point, the laptops shut and we got serious. All the goals and projects we brought with us to the table were showing a trend. And we decided we’d instead just talk about what 2015 would be all about for us and for Tech Wildcatters.
Now don’t get me wrong, clearly Tech Wildcatters has been on a different level since it’s inception in 2009. We’ve been on a “hockey-stick-kind-of-ride” since the beginning and we continue to rank in the top 10 around the nation each year (thanks Inc. for the shout out in 2014). We’re also internationally recognized as one of the top B2B accelerators for startups. But what happens when you get to the top? Well if you’re the kind of people we are, you know you’re just setting the baseline for what you want to do next.
We’re flattered with all the attention, of course. But quicksand can be just as cozy as a top 10 list — and if you stand there too long, you’re not going to enjoy the result. So there’s an onus on us to push the limits again, to pull others with us too…as we want startups to continue getting even more benefits from this unique model we offer, and those that our friends in the accelerator community do too.
So that’s what we’re gonna do. Level up.
In 2015, you’re going to see some big things from us. You’re going to see a class of stellar startups selected by our incredible investors and managing partners, plucked from the largest amount of applications we’ve received to date (which by the way, you still have time to apply). You’ll see stronger relationships and opportunities to work with some seriously legit corporations here in our backyard. You’ll hear more about our alums, especially the ones that hit a certain point in the success of their company. And you’ll get a Pitch Day you’ve never been to before.
And yes, we’re cramming that all into one little year.
To all of you who contributed to making our 2014 as wonderful as it was. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We’re nothing without our investors, our mentors, our alums, our partners and our community (Dallas and beyond). Thank you for helping us get to where we are, we’re so very excited to take you all with us to the next level.
Molly – Executive Director, Tech Wildcatters