Archive for November, 2018

The Road to Everywhere:
Highlights of Projects and Development in the 121 Corridor

Posted by Brandon Call

The 35-mile stretch from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to McKinney along State Highway 121 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway is a hotbed for development, 20 years in the making. What began as far-off suburbs is now an urban oasis of restaurants, retail, and office amenities—transformed by a booming population, easy access to transportation, and high-density development.

Praxis Levels the Playing Field for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in South Dallas

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Asheya Warren was hungry.

She had a great corporate job writing and reviewing requests for proposals for major construction jobs at Austin Commercial.

During her tenure, she worked on some of the most iconic buildings in North Texas: Museum Tower, Parkland Hospital, and the terminal redevelopment at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.…

The Road to Everywhere:
A New Breed of Urbanism Transforming the 121 Corridor

Posted by Brandon Call

To say the nearly 35-mile stretch from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to McKinney along State Highway 121 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway is a hotbed for development would be a bit of an understatement. The region, with its booming population, easy access to transportation, and high-density development has been transformed from what not long ago was considered the far-off suburbs to an urban oasis with plenty of restaurant, retail, and office amenities.

Business Leaders Talk Future of Cryptocurrency, Blockchain at NTBA Community Showcase

Posted by Blair Welch

While moviegoers gathered at Alamo Drafthouse last week to take in the latest blockbusters, over 40 North Texas companies and startups also filled the theater to showcase their contributions to the blockchain community. 

The event was hosted by the North Texas Blockchain Alliance, a group of well-connected individuals working to implement change in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

Denton-Based Kubos Corp. Launches Software into Space for the First Time

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

After four years of developing the technology for Major Tom, Kubos is finally putting it to the ultimate test—launching it into space. The Kubos payload is expected to launch on a two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Kubos Corp. is a startup satellite software company that works to fulfill all of a satellite mission’s needs, ranging from mission design and onboard software to cloud-based hardware test and mission operations.…

DI People: Neiman Marcus, CyrusOne, Pei Wei, Southwest Airlines Make Promotions

Posted by Lance Murray

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on leadership positions within their organizations. Dallas Innovates covers prominent personnel moves in Dallas-Fort Worth businesses and nonprofits—from the newest startups to well-established companies. Here are people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region. 

Golden Seeds: Dallas Branch of Angel Group Bolsters Women Entrepreneurs

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Golden Seeds has a simple investment mission: Funding companies with women in leadership and management.

Founded in 2005, Golden Seeds is an angel investment group aimed at raising capital for women entrepreneurs and to encourage women and men to become active venture investors. 

DexFreight Enters the Blockchain Logistics Space with First Shipment

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Blockchain tech continues to make headway into the logistics industry, and dexFreight, a startup with Dallas connections, is helping connect shippers with the trucks they need to move merchandise more efficiently.

After months of behind-the-scenes work, dexFreight—a decentralized, blockchain-based logistics platform startup—was officially founded in January with blockchain as an integral part of the company vision, Rajat Rajbhandari, co-founder and CEO, told Dallas Innovates.

Q+A: CEO of Mobility Startup TransitScreen Talks Driving the Future of Transportation

Posted by Alex Edwards

Sometimes, by the time you decide whether to take a bus, train, rideshare, or bike, it would’ve been faster to just walk to your destination. It’s like trying to decide what restaurant you’re in the mood for: so much time can be wasted flipping through your phone, searching for the best option.

Look Inside: Neighborhood Goods Imagines the Future of Retail in Plano

Posted by Alex Edwards

Multiple pop-ups, one roof. An in-house restaurant and bar. Sales associate paging. A live podcast recorded in-store. Shopping on your terms.

The department store is getting a makeover with Neighborhood Goods—a newly opened concept in Plano’s Legacy West that is being rightfully dubbed the “future of retail.”…

Jerry Jones’ Esports Group CompLexity Gaming Partners With WinStar World Casino

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Esports organization compLexity Gaming has announced a partnership with WinStar World Casino and Resort, making WinStar the exclusive casino of compLexity—a first for a U.S. esports organization.

In 2017, Jerry Jones, who is known for owning the Dallas Cowboys, was brought onto the compLexity ownership team.…

University of North Texas at Dallas Ranks No. 1 in Nation for Lowest Student Debt

Posted by Lesa Roe

University of North Texas Dallas Innovates Silver SponsorThe University of North Texas at Dallas ranks No. 1 nationally for lowest student debt among public universities, according to LendEDU’s annual student loan debt rankings. The rankings, which were posted earlier this fall, have been revised due to a reporting error by another institution, and UNT Dallas moved from No.

ICYMI: Mavs x Lympo Blockchain Fitness App; Nokia, AT&T, Jaunt Augment Reality; Roger Wilco Announces ICO

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Yesterday, Mark Cuban joined Antanas “Tony G” Guoga—a politician, investor, serial entrepreneur, former poker star, and co-founder of Lithuanian blockchain company Lympo—in announcing the U.S. launch of the first blockchain fitness app, Lympo Run.

The app lets users earn cryptocurrency for completing fitness challenges around walking or running in the form of LYM crypto tokens which, along with monetary value, can be spent in-app for sporting goods at the Lympo Shop.…

Photo Tour: Grand Prairie ‘Reimagines Recreation’ With the Grand Opening of The Epic

Posted by Alex Edwards

The City of Grand Prairie’s newest development, set to open this weekend, can be summed up in one simple word: epic.

A 120,000-square-foot fitness, arts, and entertainment hub—aptly named “The Epic”—is the latest addition to the 172-acre EpicCentral. As part of a $94 million project intended to make Grand Prairie an emerging recreation and entertainment destination, The Epic is the anchor attraction for the massive development that is reimagining conventional notions of what a rec center in the U.S.…

Innovation and M+A Disrupt the Future of Health Care to Benefit Patients: Polsinelli White Paper

Posted by Polsinelli

Polsinelli_University of Texas at Dallas_ Dallas Innovates is a Silver Founding SponsorChanges are coming to the health care industry that will give patients more options and control when it comes to their medical care. Polsinelli, an Am Law 100 firm nationally recognized in health care, says innovations in the marketplace are disrupting the standard medical care model and benefiting the patient.

Cultivating the Next Generation:
The Kidpreneur Expo and The DFW Children’s Business Fair

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Calling all kids with big dreams — these events, both on Nov. 17, offer kids the chance to pitch their business ideas, earn mentorship opportunities, and more.

The Kidpreneur Expo

This one-day event gives kids a chance to meet other young entrepreneurs while developing their own creative talents. …

R&D: UTA Scientist Examines Why We Exist; UNTHSC Institute Aims to Speed Memory Loss Care

Posted by Lance Murray

Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchEvery week, we do a little research of our own. We’re looking for scientists, professors, engineers, entrepreneurs—anybody, really—engaging in research and development across North Texas.

There’s plenty of good work being done. If you want to put R&D under your microscope, sign up for our e-newsletter.

Savhera PBC Raises $60K for Essential Oil Company That Aids Indian Women in Slavery

Posted by Lance Murray

Hurst-based public benefit corporation Savhera PBC has raised $60,000 of a $200,000 equity offering for the company that was founded as a tool to provide jobs for women in India who are held in the throes of sex trafficking and violence in that county, according to a filing with the U.S.

Follow the Money: Swych Sells Majority Stake; PICKUP Nets $5M; Sabre Agrees to $350M Deal for Farelogix

Posted by Lance Murray

What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants to acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money every Thursday. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the loop.

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Dallas Nonprofits To Compete for Funding at Fast Pitch 2018

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Ready to let your big idea swim with the sharks?

With this year’s Fast Pitch competition—produced by Dallas Influencers in Sports and Entertainment (DISE)—six Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofit organizations will go head-to-head Shark Tank-style for the chance to win $100,000 in grant money.…