By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
McKinney leaders and business entrepreneurs gathered Tuesday evening to celebrate the grand opening of the Collide Center, McKinney’s innovative think-tank program designed to help entrepreneurs start and grow their own businesses.
The Collide Center is a partnership between McKinney’s Curious Complex, and the McKinney Economic Development Corporation. The goal of the Center is to support emerging technologies and develop innovative industries within the City of McKinney by providing a range of services, including work space and training, to entrepreneurs and start-ups. The Collide Center is located at 610 Elm Street #110.
CEO of Curious Complex, the ‘Match.com’ of ecommerce, Jason Adams said, “We wanted to help create an environment, to spark the innovation, find resources and collaborate with other guys because those are some of the benefits that are happening in other places (across the country) that have established incubators (for business). We figured we could start to do that here (McKinney).”
Adams said it was a great time to steal City Councilman Randy Pogue’s slogan — “It’s time to learn, earn and return” — from his recent election.
“The opportunity for the entrapreneur to get in here and learn,” Adams said. “To learn from other entrepreneurs and learn from their mistakes, to earn from the revenue as you become successful and then from the collaborative piece, which is returning, or sharing information with other start-ups.”
Adams said that one benefit of the developing the Collide Center concept in McKinney will be a boost to the area’s economy. He also said the project will “strengthen the community as the entire community shares in the successes of companies that are born in McKinney.”
Mayor Brian Loughmiller said, “When you go outside of McKinney, you hear so much that is concern (about the economy) yet, so much of what’s happening here, and around Texas, is positive.”
“Small businesses are what make a community successful,” Loughmiller said as he welcomed all 13 small business start-ups who are part of the Collide colaboration.
The Collide Center is open to companies working on cool or innovative products and emerging technologies. A company must be looking toward growth or growing a business model. For more information on the Collide Center, contact the MEDC at 972-‐562-5430 or visit www.mckinneyedc.com.