Archive for August, 2018

Friday Night Lights: A New High Tech Football Stadium for McKinney ISD

Posted by Blair Welch

Last night, the McKinney Independent School District opened the doors to its new $70 million, 12,000-person stadium, taking Texas high school football to a whole new level. 

In addition to a state-of-the-art arena, the McKinney ISD Stadium houses the largest TrueHD video board in Texas high school football, says Steve Deitz, CEO and founder of  900lbs of Creative.…

Women’s Safety-Based Rideshare App Safr Driving into DFW This Fall

Posted by Alex Edwards

A new ridesharing service is launching in five cities this fall, and one of them is Dallas. Yes, Safr is based on providing safe ridesbut the company is actually doing a lot more to empower women.

The Boston-based startup launched in January 2017 as a mission-driven company “built with the needs of women in mind.”…

Access Healthcare Rises from Coffee Shop Beginning to 11K Employees With Acquisition

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Dallas-based Access Healthcare has acquired Pacific BPO, an India-based company that brings with it 2,100 employees and large client base that will help Access scale its business.

Pacific BPO specializes in revenue cycle management services, which will give Access Healthcare additional scale in the health-care space.

R&D: Seed’s Oil Could be Top-Notch Lubricant, Repairing Damaged Hearts With Hydrogel

Posted by Lance Murray


Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchThe oil found in the seeds of a plant common in Asia could have potentital as a lubricating oil, and two researchers at the University of North Texas are investigating its potential.

The scientist, Diana Berman, professor in the university’s college of Engineering Materials Science and Engineering, and Kent Chapman, director of the BioDiscovery Insitute, are looking into the oil contained in the seeds of the Chinese violet cress.…

On Tap: Rebel With a Cause, Gathering of Games & Ideation Week

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. …

The Richards Group’s Stan Richards Inspires Educational Video Series at UT

Posted by Alex Edwards

Ted, meet Stan. When you combine a critically acclaimed lecture series with an advertising agency legend, it looks a little something like “Stan Talks.”

Inspired by Stan Richards, the founder of Dallas-based The Richards Group, #UTStanTalks is a new online video series launching this fall at the University of Texas.…

Follow the Money: Buys Richardson Tech Firm, LifeCare Nets $40M, GDS Link Gets Funding

Posted by Lance Murray

Frisco-based, a global provider of software-as-service solutions for dairy supply chains, announced Thursday that it is buying Richardson-based Data Specialists Inc.

Data Specialists is a software solutions developer and provider to the dairy and food industries that was founded in 1980 by Sherrie and Richard Mertes.…

Plano Startup Earns Innovation Award at MarTech Breakthrough

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

A Plano startup with global ties that helps businesses measure sales productivity earned recognition of its own this month, winning the Innovation Award for CRM Software at MarTech Breakthrough’s first event.

The 3-year-old startup Cien, which has an office and leadership in Plano, has developed an app that uses artificial-intelligence software to measure the productivity of sales teams.

Dallas-based LandlordStation, RadPad Exit to Priority Technology Holdings

Posted by Alex Edwards

In an effort to lay the foundation for a real estate payments marketplace that centers around the tenants, Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. announced last week the acquisition and capitalization of LandlordStation and RadPad.

Together, LandlordStation and RadPad make up a privately held subsidiary of Priority Technology Holdings (PRTH), called Priority Real Estate Technology (PRET).…

Electric Kandi: Garland’s SC Autosports Unveils Two EV Prototypes

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Garland-based ATV/UTV distributor SC Autosports, just renamed from Sportsman Country, has rolled out two electric vehicle prototypes for the U.S. market — an SUV that seats five and a two-seat subcompact car.

The vehicles include the EX3, an all-electric SUV, and the K22, a subcompact auto, created by SC Autosports’ parent company, China-based Kandi Technologies Group.…

Health Wildcatters Names Six Startups for Fall Cohort

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based Health Wildcatters announced Wednesday the six new companies that comprise the health-care startup accelerator’s fall 2018 cohort.

The companies come from across the country as well as Israel, and began the accelerator’s program on Monday. They are participating in a special team “reveal” event from 4-7 p.m.…

Dallas Invents: 104 Patents Granted for Week of Aug. 21

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 assigned patents granted to local entities or those with a North Texas inventor. As of June 12, 2018, unassigned patents with a local inventor are included.

Behavioral Health Provider Oceans Healthcare Continues Growth Wave

Posted by Alex Edwards

Ranked No. 4708 on the Inc. 5000 list, Oceans Healthcare is one of only 28 companies in Dallas that made the cut. For President and CEO Stuart Archer, that success points to Oceans’ focus on a historically underrepresented area and the growing dialogue around mental health.

DFW Innovation Economy: Funding the Future in Four Charts

Posted by Eric Griffin

DFW Innovation Economy is a serial look at chapters from the 2018 Innovation Assessment produced by the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) and Accenture. Each chapter of the Assessment comprises key metrics that can be tracked over time to evaluate the strength of Dallas-Fort Worth’s innovation economy in relation to competitor metropolitan areas.

One-Stop-Shop for Diabetes Patients Coming to DFW

Posted by Alex Edwards

Diabetes360 is exactly like it sounds: 360-degree diabetic care. The concept is launching next month, with the flagship location here in DFW.

The specialized medical practice aims to be a model for comprehensively treating patients with diabetes. As a self-proclaimed “one-stop-shop,” Diabetes360 will provide everything from care management to clinical evaluations.…

Dallas Startup Coedit Offers Email Collaboration Made Easy

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Saturday night saw the launch demo of coedit, one of Dallas’ newest startups with a software tool that allows multiple people to easily co-author an email.

“If you’ve ever been stuck in one of those email or text loops where several people chime in with (a) modification about how an outbound email should look, or if you’ve ever had egg on your face for hitting send too soon without getting another pair of eyes on an email draft, then this is for you,” the coedit team told Dallas Innovates.…

Axxess Films: Public Education Campaign Raises Awareness About Value of Home Healthcare

Posted by Axxess

Axxess is a Dallas Innovates is Silver Founding SponsorIncreasing the numbers of those receiving care in the home has the power to revolutionize healthcare as we know it. The problem is that most people don’t know about its many benefits.

Spreading the word about the transformational benefits of home healthcare care has become a mission for Axxess, the innovation leader in home healthcare technology.…

Territory Foods Stakes Its Claim in DFW with Network of Chefs

Posted by Lance Murray

A Virginia-based prepared meal startup that expanded into Dallas-Fort Worth with a network of independent chefs has raised $4 million that will allow it to continue a rapid growth program.

After its last expansion, Territory Foods, of Alexandria, now has 500 locations in Dallas, Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. …

Digital Fight Club Expanding its Bouts to Boston & Beyond

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Dallas’ own Digital Fight Club will expand to Boston this October with more cities lining up to host the verbal sparring event in 2019.

Michael Pratt, president and founder of Digital Fight Club, said he wanted to add his own twist to tech-oriented panels — one that would be lively, entertaining, and fast paced.

Experian Combats Child Identity Theft With New Free Service, Awareness Day

Posted by Alex Edwards

Picture this: You’re on the cusp of adulthood, ready to take that next step by applying for a credit card or loan. The problem, though, is that your identity was stolen years ago when you were a child. According to the consumer credit reporting agency Experian, this problem is growing quickly, but steps are being taken to combat it.