Archive for June, 2017

Kimberly-Clark, WWF Working to Raise Awareness About Sustainable Forestry

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

There is a good reason why you might soon be seeing the World Wildlife Fund panda logo on your Viva paper towels package, your Cottonelle toilet paper wrap, or your Kleenex tissue box.

That logo is the result of a recently-announced partnership between paper goods and personal care company Kimberly-Clark and the WWF.…

Fort Worth Researchers Using Motion Capture Tech to Aid People With Mobility Problems

Posted by Chloe Bennett

Researchers from the UNT Health Science Center are asking patients with mobility diseases to show up and fall down — all while strapped into a harness and ropes, of course.

The Human Movement Performance Laboratory at the Fort Worth school is using state of the art motion picture equipment and virtual reality to record and analyze the movement of people with mobility problems such as Parkinson’s disease.…

SMU STEM Academy Launches DISD Teachers to New Heights

Posted by Mallory Houser

This summer, Dallas ISD teachers are experiencing a new approach to professional development, unleashing their inner student spirits. 

In an effort to increase students’ interest and success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics coursework, Southern Methodist University has collaborated with DISD, the Texas Instruments Foundation, and the O’Donnell Foundation to provide a group of teachers hands-on instruction for creating interactive and engaging content for their classrooms.…

EY Names Entrepreneur of Year Award Southwest Winners

Posted by Lance Murray

Global assurance, tax, transaction, and adviser services firm EY announced the Southwest winners in its Entrepreneur of the Year Award program Saturday during a gala event at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. 

The winners were named from a group of 47 North Texans who were regional finalists for the award.…

Dallas Innovates First Look: REVTECH’s New Space

Posted by Chloe Bennett

A mentor-driven retail accelerator has announced its next cohorts as it settles into its own place in a 13,000-square-foot coworking space at Dallas’ Walnut Glen Tower.

REVTECH officially celebrated its new home located about a mile from NorthPark Center Thursday. The accelerator program, which offers a 12-week program to advance technology in retail and grocery industries, has been operating from the Dallas Entrepreneur Center since it started in 2012.…

Women Entrepreneurs Vie for a 7-Eleven Franchise

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

Seven women entrepreneurs — two from the Dallas area — have been selected as semifinalists in 7-Eleven’s “Women’s Franchise Initiative” competition.

The reward for the winner will be a franchise-fee free 7-Eleven store, a prize valued at approximately $190,000.

The Irving-headquartered convenience retailer is winnowing down the seven potential franchisees to three finalists, with help from the contestants’ Why I Should Win videos, and the public.…

Dallas a ‘Tried and True’ Place for Tech Talent, JLL Says

Posted by Lance Murray

Companies across the nation constantly are looking for tech talent, and according to a new report by real estate firm JLL, they can find that talent right here in Dallas-Fort Worth.

JLL has released a report, Cracking the Hardest Code: Where to Find Tech Talent, which looked at employment data on computer programmers and software developers.…

Dallas’ Modern Message App Receives $2M in Series A Funding

Posted by Chloe Bennett

Dallas-based Modern Message has raised $2 million in Series A funding.

The apartment rewards startup announced the results of the investment round this week, which was led by San Francisco’s AXA Strategic Ventures and included Dallas-area investors.

Through its Community Rewards app, Modern Message gamifys apartment living giving residents reward points for completing tasks — such as paying rent, filling out surveys, or renewing a lease — that are redeemable for gift cards.…

Caruth Foundation Grants $2 Million Gift to Help Build Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Posted by Dallas Holocaust Museum Center

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance has received a $2 million grant from the Dallas-based W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) to be used for the construction of a state-of-the-art museum and education center and to fulfill its program expansion goals.

Dallas Startup Pitch Event to Focus On Fitness

Posted by Chloe Bennett

Entrepreneurs and self-starters are being called to the third annual North Dallas Startup Weekend to pitch and form ideas while immersing themselves in the world of fitness.

The three-day program at NoD Coworking in Dallas will intertwine fitness, technology, and entrepreneurship concepts and feature coaches and experienced startup professionals.…

On Tap: Reunion Lawn Party, Intro to Apps & Future of Work

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.…

Ultravision’s Modular LED Displays are Changing Outdoor Advertising

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

From New York City to Paris, Ultravision International’s LED displays are changing the outdoor advertising game with proprietary technology that’s lighter, cheaper to install, and uses less electricity than traditional screens.

The Farmers Branch-based company just finished installing a 10-foot by 18-foot display in the Châtelet-Les Halles Commuter Rail Station in Paris, France and started running content in June.…

ExxonMobil’s Algae Breakthrough Boosts Biofuel Future

Posted by Lance Murray

The beauty of algae is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Take a boat ride at sea and you might come across seaweed or kelp. In a lake or pond, you might see it as pond scum or an algal bloom.…

Which Wich, VBikes to Bring Food to Dallas Homeless Shelter

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

A fleet of app-controlled bicycles will help the Which Wich corporate team deliver 1,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center on Friday.

The Dallas-based fast casual chain is teaming with Garland-based VBikes to donate the sandwiches to the homeless shelter on the edge of downtown Dallas in a so-called “Spreading Party.”…

Cosmunity Adds Orlando Jones to Leadership Team

Posted by Chloe Bennett

Hollywood’s “King of Fandom” will be joining former University of Texas at Dallas students’ startup to spread awareness of its ultimate geek-out platform.

Cosmunity announced recently that Orlando Jones, a respected figure in the fandom world, will help lead the comic app as chief strategy officer.…

Disruption Ahead: The Intersection of People and Technology

Posted by Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is a Dallas Innovates is Platinum Founding SponsorA recent survey of financial leaders conducted by Thomson Reuters and the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants identified three key disruptive trends as having the greatest impact on respondents’ organizations—technology (automation), regulation, and workforce issues.

This is the second story in a three-part series taking an in-depth look at each topic.

Topgolf, ClubCorp Team to Step Up Golf Game

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

Topgolf, known for its interactive golf ranges, has joined forces with ClubCorp, which owns or operates hundreds of golf, country, business, and sports clubs across the U.S.

Together, the Dallas-area headquartered companies plan to boost live and virtual golfing experiences for members.…

Historic Building in Heart of Innovation District Hits Market

Posted by Lance Murray

A West End landmark building that was built in the 1920s and that has housed 21st-century tech and creative firms is back on the market.

Sitting in the heart of the West End — home to Dallas’ Smart Cities initiative — the five-story, 70,000-square-foot Oilwell Supply Building should be attractive to investors and developers who are looking for properties in the sought-after district of downtown Dallas.…

Here’s How Mint Dentistry Beat the Great Recession to Open 29 Locations

Posted by Dave Moore

Dallas Innovators: Enterprise  Dr. Field HarrisonWhen Mint Dentistry founder Dr. Field Harrison graduated from dental school in 2009, the nation’s economy was in a tailspin. What’s more, Harrison was determined to open his office in the heart of Dallas, a city already well-stocked with dentists.

Eight years later, Harrison and his partners have opened 29 Texas locations, with plans of expanding beyond the state.…

WeWork Announces Five Dallas Finalists for Creator Awards

Posted by Mallory Houser

Five Dallasites will compete for up to $360,000 in cash prizes at the upcoming WeWork Creator Awards South Regional Final.

Along with approximately 30 others, the finalists will present in front a live audience at ACL Live in Austin on June 27 to compete for a range of financial awards. …