Archive for April, 2018

Toyota, Lexus to Deploy U.S. Vehicles With Intelligent Systems

Posted by Lance Murray

Toyota and Lexus plan to start deploying Dedicated Short-Range Communications systems on their vehicles sold in the U.S. beginning in 2021, a move that would enable the vehicles to “talk” to each other and the surrounding environment.

Toyota, whose North American headquarters is in Plano, said the systems would help keep drivers and passengers safe.…

ROKA Sports Raises $17M, Signs Irish Cyclist for Eyewear Line

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based ROKA Sports Inc. has raised $17.75 million of a $21.32 million offering, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The filing did not specify for what the funding would be used. The total leaves $3.57 million remaining in the offering.…

Perot Museum Partners With Paleoanthropologist on Center to Study the Human Journey

Posted by Lance Murray

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has formed a partnership with one of the world’s leading paleoanthropologists, positioning the Dallas museum as a center for the study of the origins of humankind — a center that will impact education and science in Dallas, nationally, and across the globe.

BBVA Expands Social Impact Accelerator Program to 7 States

Posted by Katie Kelton

BBVA Compass is expanding its accelerator program for social entrepreneurs in the U.S. and applications are due soon. 

The Madrid-based bank has hosted its BBVA Momentum accelerator program across the globe since 2011. Last year, the bank brought it to the U.S.…

Earth Day Challengers: Odd Bedfellows Descend on Dallas

Posted by EarthX

Our nation and our world are facing profound challenges—but often the only thing we see in the media is bad news piled upon worse, against a backdrop of people screaming at each other. Republicans versus Democrats. Activists versus corporations. Even millennials versus boomers!…

Israel’s ‘Most Innovative’ Company Has Dallas Outpost

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Neurosurgery technology company INSIGHTEC was named among the world’s “Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company this year ranking No. 1 in the Israel sector.

While INSIGHTEC is headquartered in Israel, one of its two global offices is located in Dallas and home to its regulatory, clinical application, and reimbursement teams.…

Social Entrepreneurs Focused on Education Land $100K in United Way’s OneUp the Pitch

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Surrounded by first-generation college graduates that went through the ScholarShot program, Dan Hooper impressed the judges to take home the $75,000 Social Innovator of the Year award at OneUp the Pitch Thursday night.

ScholarShot pairs at-risk students with academic managers who act as degree planners, personal counselors, and advocates to give them the support they may not be getting at home.…

Q+A: Walmart Technology’s Carlos Riojas Talks Big Data, AI & Improving Operations

Posted by Dave Moore

Walmart is counting on a team of engineers in Plano to help associates at the world’s largest retailer operate its more than 5,000 stores more efficiently.

Carlos Riojas is a Waco native and Baylor University grad who runs the Walmart Technology office in Plano and leads the team that builds digital and analytical solutions to enable operations to run smoother. …

Discovery: Solving Century-old Mystery Helps Scientist Win Prize, Grant Targets Measuring UAV Group Performance

Posted by Lance Murray


Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchDr. Zhijian “James” Chen has been awarded the 2018 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences for his discovery of an enzyme, which has significant impact on our body’s immune defense system.

The UT Southwestern Medical Center professor’s discovery solved a century-old medical mystery, according to the school. …

UT Dallas EmTech Summit
Will Feature
World-recognized Innovators in
Blockchain, AI, FinTech

Posted by Jeanne Spreier

UTDallas_University of Texas at Dallas_ Dallas Innovates is a Gold Founding SponsorDave Copps’ influence on artificial intelligence is immeasurable. The founder and former CEO of Brainspace, as well as two companies before that, will talk about machine learning, intelligent analytics and digital investigations at The EmTech Summit.

The title of his keynote address, “The Incredible Promise and Radical Change of a World Augmented and Automated by Artificial Intelligence,” aims to bring attendees at the summit a fresh view of the power of technology in transforming global activities.   …

Follow the Money: Minnie’s Food Pantry Gets $1.3M Venture Round, Waxahachie’s Texzon Nets $720K

Posted by Lance Murray


Minnie’s Food Pantry of Plano, a charity that provides healthy, nutrititous food to those in need, raised $1.3 million in a venture round.

The lead investor in the round was not named.

Minnie’s was founded in April 2008 by Dr.…

UNT Music Entrepreneurship Competition Finalists to Pitch April 22

Posted by Katie Kelton

Finalists will make their best cases April 22 in the the second Music Entrepreneurship Competition at the University of North Texas’ College of Music Recital Hall.

In the competition, music students create and submit business plans in hopes of winning some of the more than $19,000 in cash prizes that will be awarded for winners to launch or expand student businesses, according to a news release.…

Film Commission: $230M in Economic Impact Brought From 2016-17 Dallas Area Filmmaking

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Filmmaking is big business in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

According to the Dallas Film Commission — taking into account commercials, feature films, television, and still photo shoots — during fiscal year 2016-17 the area logged 308 projects spending a combined $100 million and generating a more than $230 million economic impact.…

On Tap: Changing Perspectives Block Party, EarthxFilm & Emerging Tech Summit

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. …

SMU to Open Incubator at Mockingbird Station

Posted by Heather Noel

Southern Methodist University is adding to its slate of entrepreneurial offerings with a new incubator designed to nurture for-profit and not-for-profit startups.

The forthcoming SMU Incubator for student, faculty, and staff entrepreneurs from the university will be housed on the first floor of the Foundry Club, a coworking space at Mockingbird Station in Dallas.…

Communities Foundation of Texas, UT Dallas to Host Food Insecurity Hackathon

Posted by Taylor Lowder

Communities Foundation of Texas has partnered with the University of Texas at Dallas for a Community Hackathon tackling food insecurity in Collin County.

The free event will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at Blackstone Launchpad, a campus-based entrepreneurship program at UT Dallas in Richardson. …

Sabre Labs: Automation, Authenticity, Blockchain Top Travel Industry’s Future

Posted by Lance Murray

Southlake-based travel technology company Sabre Corp. has identified three technologies and trends that it expects will have the most significant impact on travel over the coming decade.

In its The Sabre Labs 2018 Emerging Technology Report, the company identified automation, authenticity, and blockchain as the preeminent forces in the travel industry’s future.…

Dallas Invents: 73 Patents Granted for Week of April 3

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. 

Social Impact Company Good Returns Group Gets $1M from Inverdale Capital

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Dallas-based social enterprise firm Good Returns Group announced a $1 million investment Tuesday from Inverdale Capital Management.

Inverdale Capital is also based in Dallas, and the funding represents a convergence of the two organizations’ business models with Good Returns’ focus on sustainable social impact through its philanthropic Cycle program, and Inverdale’s focus on alternative investments.…

Connexions Loyalty Expanding its Presence in Plano

Posted by Taylor Lowder

Connexions Loyalty is planting deeper roots in Plano moving into a permanent office space and hiring additional technology professionals. 

For more than 35 years, the Richmond, VA-based company has been helping businesses with loyalty programs that can translate to customer, employee, and partner retention.…