Archive for June, 2017

On Tap: Moving Cities Exhibit, Frida Fest & Tech by 2027

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

North Texas is a big place, with plenty to do, see, hear, and watch. So, we scour the internet every week to find events and activities for you. As always, events may change at any time, so check the event website or registration page for the latest details.…

MediBookr Recognized as
National Health‑Care Innovator

Posted by Heather Noel

A Dallas-based startup has been recognized as one of the top “groundbreaking” health-care companies in the nation by Premier Inc.

MediBookr, a health-care cost comparison and appointment booking platform, was one of 17 startups and products honored this week at Premier’s Innovation Celebration during the company’s Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.…

AT&T Pairs Budding Filmmakers With Famous Mentors

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

AT&T Hello Lab, a collection of entertainment created by, and for, young adult audiences, has launched a new mentorship program.

The program pairs young filmmakers with award-winning industry professionals — including Oscar winner Octavia Spencer — in what Dallas-based AT&T is calling a “diversity-focused initiative.”…

North Texas Region Named Third Largest Arts Economy

Posted by Mallory Houser

Supporting more than 52,000 jobs and generating $1.47 billion in economic activity, North Texas’ arts industry continues to grow at exponential rates.

The Americans for the Arts released these findings in a new study titled “Arts & Economic Prosperity 5,” recognizing the North Texas region as the third-largest arts economy in the nation, behind the metro areas of Washington and Philadelphia.…

Nonprofit F.A.R.M Relocates to Expand Veteran Programs

Posted by Mallory Houser

After a sudden move from its DeSoto farm, Farmers Assisting Returning Veterans has relocated its operation to 200 acres of bottomland in Seogoville.

The new land off Bilindsay Road east of Interstate 45 is susceptible to flooding and has a destroyed irrigation system, but that hasn’t deterred executive director and co-founder Steve Smith.…

Tech Wildcatters Names
New CEO for Accelerator

Posted by Lance Murray

There’s new leadership at Tech Wildcatters, the Dallas technology seed accelerator that has seen significant management changes in the past year.

Co-founder and Managing Partner Gabriella Zielke introduced Vorachai (Ricky) Tejapaibul as the new managing partner and CEO Wednesday evening at a town hall meeting for staff, investors, mentors, and alumni.…

Children’s Health to Provide Virtual Mental Health Counseling in Area Schools

Posted by Mallory Houser

This fall, Children’s Health is providing telemedicine technology to students in need of mental health counseling.

The pilot program will deliver therapy visits to students in select Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD schools. Dallas ISD is also considering the program.

“We knew that the only way that we could really create the opportunity for more access was really through technology.” 

Bottle Rocket Adds C-Level
Executive to Explore New Tech

Posted by Chloe Bennett

Amid Bottle Rocket’s expansion into new technologies, a seasoned Dallas techie has taken on a leadership role to help further advance the company. 

With more than 10 years experience in enterprise applications, Jonathan Campos is now the chief mobile architect of Addison’s Bottle Rocket the company announced recently.…

Greer Gas-to-Liquid Lab a ‘World Changer’ in Making Cheaper Fuels

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

A new $750,000 gas-to-liquid lab has opened at the University of Texas at Arlington where researchers plan to convert natural gas to high-grade diesel and jet fuel in a process that one executive called a potential “world changer” for making fuels cheaper.

Digital Ad Firm Buys Plano-based Choose Energy for ‘Less Than $100 Million’

Posted by Lance Murray

Plano-based Choose Energy, a website that offers cost-comparison service tools for energy usage, has been bought by a South Carolina-based digital advertising company.

Fortune reported that Red Ventures of Fort Mill, South Carolina, paid less than $100 million for the Plano company.…

Meet the Addison Startup Helping Wal‑Mart, Mercedes Transform Shopping

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Wal-Mart is debuting new simulated reality technology that was developed by an Addison startup called Spacee.

The deviceless mixed reality uses projectors, motion sensing cameras, and cloud computing to digitally impose an experience on top of real world items. And when fingers move on the space, the projection reacts to it.  …

Anonymous Chefs Cooking Up Creativity in Dallas

Posted by Chloe Bennett

A mysterious chef collective is supplying Dallas with unrestricted pop-up dinners in the name of food and creativity. 

Nameless Chefs is comprised of a few of Dallas’ best food creatives, but some claim anonymity. 

Conceived out of the lack of representation for chefs behind brand names, the group styles events and dinners according to their own taste.…

Trend Micro Launches $100M Venture Fund

Posted by Lance Murray

Global cybersecurity provider Trend Micro Inc. announced Monday it has launched a $100 million corporate venture fund aimed at exploring emerging tech markets.

Japan-based Trend Micro, which has a regional office in Irving, said it will focus on opportunities primarily in the Internet of Things arena.…

Dallas Women Win $144K
at WeWork Creator Awards

Posted by Chloe Bennett

Two Dallas women have been granted $144,000 in funding for their entrepreneurial pitches as part of the inaugural WeWork Creator Awards.

Alongside 34 other southern contestants, Keisha Whaley and Jennifer Ding delivered their business pitches in front of a live audience at the Creator Awards South Regional Finals Tuesday.…

Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation Gets $290K Conservation Innovation Grant

Posted by Lance Murray

The Dallas-based Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has been awarded a $290,000 Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service that will support the new Gulf Coast Conservation Loan Fund.

It’s one of 33 projects funded nationwide by the highly competitive grants.…

Exposition Park Coworking Community Will Be Hub Where ‘Profit Meets Purpose’

Posted by Heather Noel

Exposition Park will officially welcome a new coworking community Saturday with a mission to meld enterprise and social good.

Impact House Founder and CEO Benjamin Vann said his space will operate in the intersect where “profit meets purpose.”

“I think we can effectively drive social and economic change in communities if we continue to operate with both in mind,” he said.…

Want to Lead in a Rapidly Changing Business World? UTD’s new HR Degree has Innovation at its Core

Posted by UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management

UTDallas_University of Texas at Dallas_ Dallas Innovates is a Gold Founding SponsorThe new Human Resources degree at The University of Texas at Dallas will include innovation as a core concept, in recognition of what’s driving today’s North Texas economy.

“We did make one change that administrators feel is important  — and in line with educating graduates to be innovative and proactive,” said Jeff Weekley, PhD, the clinical professor at Naveen Jindal School of Management who is heading up the new bachelor’s degree.…

Green Park and Golf Ventures’ New Fund Targets $30M Goal

Posted by Chloe Bennett

A Dallas investment firm that focuses on funding medical technology companies will be investing millions in companies that are showcasing beneficial products and technologies in the health-care industry, according to D CEO Healthcare’s Olivia Nguyen.

Green Park and Golf Ventures has closed on a third of it’s $30 million follow-on investment fund, D CEO Healthcare reported.…

Dallas’ Vonlane Helps Cancer Patients Travel in Comfort to Treatments

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

If you are a cancer patient undergoing treatment at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and don’t live in or around Houston, your options to get there and back tend to be limited. At least, until now.

Thanks to MD Anderson’s partnership with luxury motor coach service Vonlane, patients can hop a motor coach in Austin, Dallas or San Antonio, and travel to Houston via a discounted travel fare.…

Eaton HS Student Startups Win National Awards

Posted by Heather Noel

Northwest ISD student-run startups didn’t snag Junior Achievement’s top Company of the Year award, but they still came home with national recognition in other categories at last week’s Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit in Washington D.C.

Both Feel the Color and CHAAO of V.R.…