Archive for March, 2016

GALLERY: Dallas Innovates’ Launch Party

Posted by Jana J. Pruet


On Feb. 25, more than 400 joined us to celebrate Dallas Innovates’ launch.

It was the same night many of you witnessed the purple skyline that was a show of support for innovation in the Dallas – Fort Worth region by the owners of the downtown buildings.…

Investing in Dallas’ Future Leaders by Igniting Brain Potential

Posted by Sandra Chapman


“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires,” said the late famous author William Arthur Ward.

Almost 80 percent of the 160,000 students in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) attend a high-poverty school.…

Dallas Theater Center Puts Students in Spotlight

Posted by Tara Nieuwesteeg

IN 2009, THE DALLAS THEATER CENTER (DTC) AND BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL for the Performing and Visual Arts formed a partnership. DTC implemented an audition-based, college-level acting class at the school, and each year since, professional artists have been brought into the classroom to transform the space into a theater learning lab.…

Fort Worth’s Near Southside Lures People Back

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Fort Worth’s Near Southside is home to hospitals and big business, but it also has become a gathering point for many people at its restaurants, shops and apartment communities. (Photo courtesy Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau)

“THE COMMON MANTRA these days is that technology is driving humans farther apart, but Fort Worth’s Near Southside is proof that the exact opposite is happening,” said Bruce Katz, a global urbanization specialist at the Brookings Institute.…

DFW: Meeting Place for World’s Best Thinkers

Posted by Axxess

Powerful voices across industry sectors contribute value to the marketplace of ideas 

DALLAS IS MORE THAN A HUB FOR INNOVATION. It’s a meeting place for the best thinkers in the world to come together to discuss big ideas, create impactful plans of action, and effect meaningful change.

Mark Cuban, Aggies Join Forces for Practice Facility, HQ Plans

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Mark Cuban’s passions for the Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tank could be combined at his new practice facility.

Conceptual plans presented by architecture students at Texas A&M show a mixed-use facility with an NBA court, team offices, a team store, a restaurant and office space and conference rooms for startup technology companies, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

City of Dallas, Uber Team Up for DriveSouth Initiative

Posted by Lance Murray

The city of Dallas, Uber, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas and several community groups announced on Wednesday the DriveSouth Initiative to sign up 2,500 new drivers in southern Dallas within the next 12 months.

The DriveSouth Initiative  supports Mayor Mike Rawlings’ GrowSouth Initiative, aimed at boosting the economic strength and mobility in southern Dallas.…

How Going to Coding Bootcamp Affects Startup Family, Motive

Posted by Amber Backes

Spring always brings change to Texas. Bluebonnets are blooming, new businesses are bursting onto the scene and one tech accelerator founder is leaving to attend a coding bootcamp in New York City.

Motive founder John Backes and his wife, Amber, discuss what that means for the accelerator, their family and The Startup Family Podcast.…

Innovative Partnership Opens Doors for Dallas Students

Posted by Miguel Solis

One of the main goals of Dallas ISD is to graduate students who are college and career ready. For many of us, this means ensuring that our young people have obtained the best K-12 instruction and support possible to allow them to compete after departing our halls.…

Toyota Family Learning Benefits Kids, Parents

Posted by Patrick Kobler

Toyota may be a year away from opening its Plano headquarters, but the automotive giant already is impacting its new community through Toyota Family Learning, a multigenerational family learning initiative that aims to empower both children and their parents.

“This is a unique program that is beneficial to our Plano families in so many ways,” said Dr.…

Dallas Innovation Alliance Names Sanders Executive Director

Posted by Lance Murray

Jennifer Sanders has been named the first executive director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance, the organization leading the Smart Cities effort in Dallas.

Sanders, a co-founder of Dallas Innovation Alliance, already has begun her duties at the public-private partnership dedicated to the design and execution of a Smart Cities strategy for Dallas.…

UNT Drives Progress as Top-Tier University

Posted by Neal Smatresk

At the start of 2016, the North Texas region did not have a Carnegie-ranked top-tier research university.

By February, it had three.

The University of North Texas is now ranked as a top-tier research university along with our peers in the North Texas region, according to the most recent Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education report.…

Mend is Bringing Health Care Home

Posted by Tara Nieuwesteeg

When you think about urgent care, you probably imagine busy waiting rooms, impersonal service, and a hefty tab to pay at the end — all while you’re uncomfortably sick or injured. As Jonathan Clarke, founder and CEO of Mend, puts it: Healthcare is often “lacking in reasonableness.”…

Inventor: BackVert Device Helps Ease Chronic Pain

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

A debilitating skiing accident left BackVert’s David Calvert with chronic back pain, but it also prompted him to found his own startup to help solve the problem.

Now, three years after the ski accident, his company is gearing up for a Kickstarter campaign.…

Investment Advice for World Changers

Posted by Larry James


It doesn’t happen very often, maybe five times over the past 20-plus years, in one form or another I am asked by donors, foundations, and philanthropic organizations how they could best invest their limited funds.…

UTD, Addison TreeHouse Partner on Entrepreneurship Program

Posted by Lance Murray

The University of Texas at Dallas and the Addison TreeHouse are teaming up to serve students in the entrepreneurship program at the university.

Under the partnership, the TreeHouse will provide startups from within the entrepreneurship program at UTD space at the TreeHouse for six months, with the goal of helping provide real-world and practical entrepreneurship support through tools, resources, mentorship, and community.…

Entrepreneurs Told to Set Their Businesses Apart at Summit

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Cover up all the logos and branding on your company’s website and its advertisements. The result should still be a website that’s engaging and, most importantly, different from your competitors, business owners were told Thursday at the Entrepreneur Summit 2016.

It needs a compelling story, catchy slogans or even educational material that benefit the customer, and gives them a reason to care.…

All Entrepreneurs Need to Know How to Sell

Posted by UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management

It doesn’t matter where you start or where you end up, says Howard Dover, PhD, professor and director of the Professional Sales concentration at The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management. Your future will include sales — especially as you try to grow your startup.…

Water, Big Data Among Targeted Innovations DFW Offers

Posted by Ari Ruben

Dallas-Fort Worth is host to a diverse mixture of nationalities, capabilities and needs, and we tend to react respectfully but ambivalently to innovation — that is, until the moment of clarity when we recognize that innovations undeniably improve our lives.

Yes, for decades our region has been recognized around the world for innovation in semiconductors, telecom, energy, nanotechnology, biomedical, defense, and much more.…

PICKUP App Keeps Dallas Users on the Move

Posted by Patrick Kobler

Two years ago, Brenda Stoner encountered an all-too-common problem: She had to move a bunch of heavy things across town, but had no truck or cost-effective way of doing so. A true entrepreneur, Stoner’s problem invoked a solution: create an on-demand pickup and delivery service.…