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DALLAS-FORT WORTH

Economic Story

Dallas’ initial economy relied on farming, the Fort Worth Stockyards, and its strategic location on Native American trade routes.  That changes in the 1870s when several rail lines opened up access to the country and the city became the largest inland cotton market in the world.

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IMPACT STORIES

Watch Ruben Mauricio make the winning pitch at our Returning Citizens pitch competition.

Watch our investment partner Jaylon Smith explain his commitment to closing the investment gap for minority entrepreneurs.

Upcoming Events

PITCH COMPETITION 2020

Minority Entrepreneurship

Dallas Cowboys at The Star; Dallas

On July 10, 2020 Commonwealth will hold the MEI Dallas showcase. Guest sharks include Jaylon Smith, Torii Hunter, Tom Dowling, and LTD Ronald Parrish.

PITCH COMPETITION 2020

Returning Citizens

Houston Country Club; Houston

In the fall of 2020, PEP and Commonwealth with host the 2nd annual Barbed Wire to Business Accelerator pitch competition on the historic Rice University campus in Houston. Here PEP alumni entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses to investors.

Past Events

PITCH COMPETITION 2019

Returning Citizens

George W. Bush Presidential Library; Dallas

RPM Diesel Repair

FSO Construction & Management

Cherokee Acres Homes

On November 20th, 2019, PEP hosted the “Barbed Wire to Business Accelerator—Fueling Growth through Impact Investing” at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The event showcased three Prison Entrepreneurship Program graduate-owned companies.  Sharks included Mark Holden (Koch Industries), Biggs Burke (record executive and film producer), Doug Deason (Dallas investor), and Joe Horford (PEP Pennsylvania founder).

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