Archive for April, 2018

St. Louis Sports Accelerator Launching Program in Frisco

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

A St. Louis, Missouri sports startup accelerator is making its move into North Texas. 

Stadia Ventures announced Friday that it’s aligning with LaunchPad City in Frisco to launch its first accelerator program in the region, which will debut a new esports-focused track. …

Dallas Actor Kevin Page Tells How ‘To Live in the Moment’ in New Book

Posted by Lance Murray

Kevin Page, a Dallas innovator, actor, artist, and now author, has written a new book aimed at not only helping actors succeed in auditions, but also helping public speakers, business executives, and others to present themselves with more charisma and energy.

$8M Series A Round Leads to Rapid Growth for Solovis

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Since an $8 million Series A funding round last May, Irving-based Solovis has been growing in size and revenue as well as through adding fund-level analytics to its financial tech platform.

The company saw a 300 percent increase in revenue over the last year.

India-based Tata Consultancy Services Expands in Plano

Posted by Lance Murray

Another India-based IT services company has announced that it will have a greater presence in Plano.

Mumbai-based Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced Thursday it added 200 new employees to its Plano operations as part of an agreement with Transamerica to transform the administration of that company’s U.S.…

Report: 3 DFW Cities Among the 20 Best for Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Posted by Lance Murray

Three North Texas cities are among the Top 20 Cities for Hispanic Entrepeneurs, according to the personal finance website WalletHub.

Grand Prairie at No. 13, Irving at No. 17, and Fort Worth at No. 18, all made the top of the list, WalletHub said.…

Dallas to Host Federal BioTech Conference

Posted by Dave Moore

The federal Department of Health and Human Services awarded nearly $1 billion in 2017 in grants to companies, startups, and researchers to improve health and to advance life sciences.

This fall, the Dallas Regional Chamber is hosting the 20th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference, which is considered the cornerstone in the department’s congressional mandate to reach out to innovators, developers, and business leaders to spur the next big breakthrough.…

Discovery: Finding Lung Cancer Therapies, 1 Compound at a Time; UTD Team Creates Better Smartphone Battery

Posted by Lance Murray

Scientists and researchers across DFW are making discoveries that improve our lives every day. Here are some of the stories.


Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchResearchers at UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center have identified 170 out of the more than 20,000 chemical compounds they tested as potential candidates to develop into drug therapies to treat lung cancer.

Cedar Hill Designated
“SolSmart Gold” for Advancing Solar Energy Growth

Posted by Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation

The City of Cedar Hill received a Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. Cedar Hill joins Austin and El Paso as the third city in Texas to receive the Gold designation.

Dallas Marks World IP Day With Spotlight on Female Inventors

Posted by Heather Noel

For this year’s World Intellectual Property Day, the focus is all about women inventors.

With the theme, “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity,” events in and around April 26 will highlight the contributions women have made through ingenuity. The global celebration was started in 1999 by the World IP Organization.…

On Tap: Texas Marketing Summit, Conscious Capitalism, and Programming the Brain to Health

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. …

Follow the Money: TPG Fund Aims for $3B, Swych Raises $2M, Dallas Companies Merge

Posted by Lance Murray


TPG, the global investment firm that’s based in Fort Worth and San Francisco, has registered its third real estate fund, according to a report in the Dallas Business Journal.

The fund called, TPG Real Estate Partners III LP, will focus on real estate investments in Europe and the U.S.…

Trey Bowles to Step Down as Leader of The DEC

Posted by Heather Noel

After five years of building a nonprofit to provide education, mentorship, and community support for North Texas entrepreneurs, Trey Bowles is pulling back from its day-to-day operation.

On Thursday morning, the serial entrepreneur announced plans to step down from his top leadership role at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center.…

Dallas to Test Smart, Pedestrian-Friendly Streets Within a Year

Posted by Dave Moore

smart citiesOne day, Dallas streets will be lit with diodes and loaded with sensors that detect pedestrians and cyclists, allow buses to bypass stoplights, and might even be able to charge electric vehicles as they whisk by.

That day might not be too far away for a few Dallas neighborhoods.…

Digital Assist: 5 North Texas Startups Making Their Mark With Artificial Intelligence

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Among the various leading-edge technologies impacting the business world — such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and virtual/augmented realities — AI is likely the best known to most people.

IBM has a long-running ad campaign including regular TV spots touting its Watson platform, AI is prominently featured in entertainment even beyond the science fiction genre, and anyone who has interacted with Siri on an iPhone or Alexa via an Amazon home assistant device has been in direct communication with an AI construct.…

UNT Student Music Entrepreneurs Awarded $19K

Posted by Taylor Lowder

A business providing economical professional audio and video recordings for musicians and another teaching novice drum students took home the top prizes in the University of North Texas’ second Music Entrepreneurship Competition.

Undergraduate and graduate students from UNT’s College of Music competed April 22 for more than $19,000 in cash prizes.…

Lamplighter School Hatching Entrepreneurial-Minded Students

Posted by The Lamplighter School

Students in the fourth grade at The Lamplighter School in Dallas, Texas, have the unique opportunity to run a corporation throughout their “senior year” at the school. Earlier this school year, student leaders encountered a real-world business problem that required careful analysis, diligence, and creativity to get the corporation back on track to achieving its profitability goals. …

Dallas Invents: 74 Patents Granted for Week of April 17

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. 

Capital One Marks 10 Years in Plano With Grants, STEM Education & a Look at the Future

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Capital One celebrated the 10th anniversary of its regional headquarters in Plano by awarding grants to 10 nonprofits and having dynamic speakers talk about empowering the next generation of engineers and scientists through education.

Peter Diamandis talked about the power of disruption, the rapid pace of change, and the propensity for those who resist change to become extinct.…

Brazen Opens Branch for
Female Entrepreneurs in DFW

Posted by Lance Murray

A Missouri-based orgranization for female entrepreneurs has launched new branches in six cities nationwide, including Dallas-Fort Worth.

The organization, Brazen, is aimed at reaching out to female business owners and tapping into the potential of “growth-seeking” women.

North Texas entrepreneur Jasmin Brand has been named acting director for Brazen Dallas-Fort Worth.…

Dallas Library Seeks Proposals for Kid-Friendly Pathway

Posted by Lance Murray

Just as the Yellow Brick Road led Dorothy to the amazing Emerald City in author L. Frank Baum’s “Land of Oz” books, the Dallas Public Library soon will have a path that leads North Texas kids into the wonderful world of reading and learning.