IDEA Works FW is a creative, dynamic program that provides emerging businesses with nurturing relationships, tools, an attractive work environment, and access to resources to scale their enterprises.


IDEA Works FW™ is a creative, dynamic program that provides emerging businesses with nurturing relationships, state of the art tools, an attractive and secure work environment, best practices and access to global resources to sustain and scale their enterprises. Businesses owners in the program benefit from being in a collaborative environment and a creative, dynamic space that provides the owner with a just-in-time approach to delivering specialty services to their business.

Program Elements In addition to the basic services that include space, utilities, meeting space and access to other entrepreneur support organizations, the program includes specific services and resources for stage one (2-9 employees) businesses. These include: Coaching (from program management and advisors) Mentoring (from our Entrepreneur-in-Residence and serial entrepreneurs) Advisory Council (comprised of established business service companies) Assessments & Collaboration (on your business model, management team, & employees) Growth Resources & Connections with Financial Capital and Talent (from strategic partners) Growth Transition Team (in place six months prior to expected graduation)

About IDEA Works FW The IDEA Works FW program is designed to have flexibility and deliver just-in-time services with discussion and coaching with incubator management and the Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is comprised of established, curated business service companies from multiple business support industries that provide advice and counsel to clients through targeted monthly roundtable discussions and quarterly Advisory Council mix and mingle events with IDEA Works FW clients.

IDEA Works FW benefits the offerings of the Fort Worth startup community and the small businesses that have the potential for employment growth, have the capacity to innovate, potential for investment, possess a community or civic interest and have the potential of catalyzing other employment or economic growth. IDEA Works FW, a mixed-industry incubator, is a public-private partnership with the City of Fort Worth and the BAC Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. IDEA Works FW is designed with the following objectives: Job creation Entrepreneurial development Strengthening Fort Worth’s entrepreneurial Innovation driven operations

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Write a business plan
  • Find research tools & data sources
  • Write a marketing plan

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Find Funding

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Loan Providers
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Research Sources and Libraries

  • Business Research Resources

Marketing & Sales

  • Advertising
  • Brochure Design
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Social Media Marketing / E-Commerce
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Web Site Development

Networking & Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Site and Business Location

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Incubator Space
  • Lease Review
  • Coworking

Economic Development

  • Lease Review

Permits and Regulations

  • Patent Information
  • Trademark & Copyright Information

Technical Assistance

  • Website Development


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Business Management and Strategy Training

New Product Development

  • Patent Information

Nonprofit & Social Enterprise

  • Strategic Planning

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Valuation

Hiring & Managing People

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Startup / Form a Business

  • Startup business counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Mentoring Programs
  • Peer Training Programs

Coworking, Accelerators and Incubators

  • Coworking Spaces
  • Incubator Space
Contact Information
Ed Riefenstahl
600 E Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX 76104