Frisco is once again expanding its profile in the world of video games with the announcement that it will host the inaugural Hearthstone Pro League gaming championship at the end of August. The Dallas suburb adds the professional gaming event to a list that includes a first-of-its kind video game development program, the relocation of popular game-maker Gearbox Software‘s headquarters from Plano, the establishment of the National Video Game Museum, and even a video game themed restaurant. The esports gaming league is being produced by PVP Live, an eSports startup and member of Frisco’s North Texas Enterprise Center (NTEC) business accelerator, in partnership with gaming giants Twitch and Blizzard Entertainment. Additionally, PRG is a studio and live show strategic partner. HPL is a premiere professional eSports league featuring Hearthstone, a digital strategy card game produced by Blizzard, who also make the wildly popular World of Warcraft. […]
Update: As of September 1, 2015 Mish Mash Labs has concluded. Please check back for upcoming programs. Highlights What: Mish Mash Labs @ NTEC – a video game development program When: every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM until 6 PM starting April 25 Who: the program is open to developers 16 and up of all skill levels Why: video game development skills are in-demand, and Frisco is quickly becoming the video game capital of Texas! What to Bring: your computer and your enthusiasm How Much: the first two weeks are free, after which there will be a nominal fee ($30 per month) Kicking Off With A Jam A group of about 20 Dallas-area game developers hunkered down at the North Texas Enterprise Center in Frisco over a recent weekend for a game jam marking the launch […]
Building a framework for success share with While challenges such as managing cash flow, deciding when and who to hire and how best to generate awareness for a product or service are common to most young companies, we know that no two companies are the same. That’s why we designed the NTEC Accelerator Program to accommodate a wide range of needs while still providing a framework that supports the growth and evolution of our member companies. Structured Support NTEC staff get to know the nature of an applicant company’s business, the personalities of their founders and management and may get a sense of the areas where the company needs the most help, but the real exploration of how NTEC can best support them comes once they’re accepted to the program. […]
Congratulations to Kevin Harris, Founder & Lead Instructor at the Guild of Software Architects, who was recently featured in Course Report’s Instructor Spotlight. The next bootcamp is the iOS Bootcamp which begins August 15, 2016. Additional courses offered at the Guild are The Night Shift – Career Accelerator Courses, for those unable to attend a 3 month bootcamp, and Core Fundamentals – An Intro to Programming. Right now…All Core Fundamentals courses are currently being offered by the Guild virtually* FREE, starting May 10, 2016 with an Intro to Java – Class #1.
While grants can be cumbersome and slow to disperse, these three are not. Also, grants are non-dilutive funding (translation: ” free money”). Don’t expect the process to be effortless or the money to show up tomorrow either. However, these three are worth the effort if you qualify. The first grant is Johnson & Johnson’s seed grant program through their Corporate Office of Science and Technology (COSAT). You get up to $250K, no strings attached, with a direct line to J&J’s researchers as well as the prestige of being on J&J’s A-list of up-and-coming technologies/startups. The objective is to get to a proof-of-concept stage, which is important to J&J (in case they want to collaborate with you), but just as important to you. NTEC recently participated in helping round up entrepreneurs […]