FRISCO AND MCKINNEY SPARK TECHNOLOGICALADVANCEMENTS WITH PLUG AND PLAY PARTNERSHIP

FRISCO AND MCKINNEY SPARK TECHNOLOGICALADVANCEMENTS WITH PLUG AND PLAY PARTNERSHIP

SHAPING FRISCO AS SPORTS CITY USA AND MCKINNEY AS AN INNOVATION HUB

Plug and Play, a global innovation catalyst through startup acceleration programs, is
joining forces with McKinney Economic Development Corporation for a dual-cohort launch day on March
26th, 2024. This transformative event, hosted at the National Soccer Hall of Fame, will showcase
SportsTech in Frisco and AI, Enterprise, and Fintech in McKinney, marking a monumental step forward for
both cities and the entire DFW area.


The dual-cohort launch day not only signifies a celebration of innovation but a profound transformation for
Frisco, McKinney, and the broader DFW area. By synergizing existing strengths with cutting-edge
technologies, these initiatives aim to elevate residents’ lives, bolster local economies, and firmly establish
the region as a global innovation and technology leader.

Frisco Innovation LabPhoto byFrisco EDC, Visit Frisco

Frisco, “Sports City, USA,” and Beyond:


Already acclaimed as “Sports City, USA,” Frisco hosts prestigious entities like the PGA, FC Dallas, Dallas
Cowboys, and Universal Studios. Collaborating with Plug and Play on SportsTech initiatives is set to
catapult Frisco into a new era of innovation, attracting global attention and significantly enhancing the local
community.


Jason Ford, President of Frisco Economic Development Corporation, emphasized the partnership’s
significance, stating, “Our collaboration with McKinney and Plug and Play will complement Frisco’s position
as a major asset to the region’s strong financial services industry, catalyzing our vibrant ecosystem of 165+
fintech companies and more than 133 fintech investors in Frisco.”


Michael Kowski, President and CEO of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation expressed
enthusiasm, saying, “It’s an honor to lock arms with our neighbors in Frisco in bringing the Fintech vertical of
Plug and Play to Collin County and into our communities. Our partnership will strengthen our region’s
startup ecosystem, accelerating our growing position as an international hub for tech talent and innovation.”


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Key Community Impacts:


Economic Growth: The convergence of SportsTech and Frisco’s sports infrastructure will boost
economic growth, creating job opportunities and attracting investments.
Tourism Boost: Innovations aligning with Frisco’s sports identity are expected to increase tourism,
drawing visitors to experience both sporting events and groundbreaking technologies.
Job Creation: AI, Enterprise, and Fintech initiatives will address local challenges, fostering
collaborations that contribute to job creation and economic development.
Global Recognition: McKinney’s collaboration with Plug and Play positions the city as a key player in
the global innovation landscape, attracting attention and potential investments.
Elevated Reputation: Frisco’s SportsTech focus and McKinney’s commitment to becoming a tech
hub elevate the DFW area’s reputation as a leading innovation center.
Cross-Industry Collaboration: The intersection of sports, technology, AI, and fintech fosters
cross-industry collaborations, positioning DFW as a diverse and dynamic innovation hub.


Conclusion:


As Frisco solidifies its reputation as “Sports City, USA,” with iconic entities such as the PGA, FC Dallas, and
the Dallas Cowboys, the introduction of SportsTech innovations further cements its status as a premier
destination for sports innovation. This not only promises a boom for residents by creating job opportunities
and fostering a dynamic tech ecosystem but also positions Frisco and McKinney as attractive hubs for local
tourism.


The transformative impact of these innovative companies and corporate partnerships extends beyond city
limits, contributing to the growth and vibrancy of the entire DFW area. With Plug and Play’s history of
fostering success in companies like Dropbox, we anticipate a ripple effect of economic prosperity,
technological breakthroughs, and an enhanced quality of life for communities across North Texas.

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