Archive for March, 2019

Michaels Launches ‘First-of-its-Kind’ In-Store Makerspaces Nationwide

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

“Community Classroom” is a collaborative experience program that Michaels is offering its customers in all of its U.S. and Canada stores—and it all starts this month.

Irving-headquartered Michaels has repurposed its preexisting in-store classrooms into makerspaces at its more than …

Photo Recap: The Nest Helps Southern Dallas Entrepreneurs ‘Take Flight’

Posted by Rebeca Posadas-Nava

This weekend, the Dallas Entrepreneur Center at Redbird ([email protected]) and Comerica Bank hosted their new pitch competition geared toward Southern Dallas entrepreneurs.

The contest gave six startups from the area the ability to pitch their ideas in an incubation-like manner.…

Dallas Area Poised as Growing Hub for Life Sciences Industry

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-Fort Worth is among the life sciences hubs in the nation that are positioned for major growth, according to a new report from real estate services and investment firm CBRE.

According to the report, DFW is one of the emerging …

Dallas Animal Services to Compete for $450K Prize in Innovation Showdown

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas Animal Services now has something to bark about—it was selected as a finalist in the Petco Foundation’s 2019 Innovation Showdown, and now has the chance to compete for $450,000 in funding.

Dallas Animal Services is one of two …

ICYMI Special Edition:
North Texas Innovators Look Back on #SXSW2019

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Austin’s annual South by Southwest festival recently concluded and North Texas was well-represented. So, we rounded up reactions, takeaways, and snapshots from this year’s event in this week’s special edition ICYMI column.

Hubert Zajicek, CEO of Health Wildcatters, summed up …

Real Estate Innovation:
Curbio Shakes up Pre-Sale Renovation in Dallas

Posted by Blair Welch

A pre-sale home renovation company specializing in turnkey home sales services is bringing its innovative, high-tech approach to the Dallas-Fort Worth realty market.

With services now available in North Texas, Maryland-based Curbio, Inc. wants to make moving easy. As a …

Dallas is Among the Top Regions in the Nation for Flexible Space, Research Says

Posted by Lance Murray

Coworking and flexible space are continuing to grow across the U.S., and Dallas-Fort Worth is among the top real estate markets in the nation to embrace the concept, according to new research from JLL.

Dallas-Fort Worth ranks No. 12 among …

Site Selection Ranks Dallas Metro 2nd for New and Expanded Corporate Projects

Posted by Lance Murray

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area moved up a spot in rankings by Site Selection Magazine, coming in second to No. 1 Chicago for the number of new and expanded corporate facilities projects in 2018.

Site Selection compiled its rankings as …

Discovery: UTA Prof Gets $6.575M in Grants; UNT, University of Dallas Put Telescope Online

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 …

Dallas VideoFest’s AltFiction Winners and Next Season’s $10K Grant

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Dallas VideoFest wrapped up its 31st season last month with the Alternative Fiction Fest—nicknamed AltFiction—and a major grant for the upcoming season.

“Who can even define what the idea of television is anymore with networks along with the gamut of

Hey, Entrepreneurs: Come Party on the Plaza With WFAA for Dallas Startup Week

Posted by Alex Edwards

Join Dallas-Fort Worth entrepreneurs, innovators, and their families this Saturday to participate in the ultimate Dallas Startup Week takeover—and, for the chance to be on TV.

From 7 – 9 a.m. at Victory Park, WFAA will broadcast the “Party on …

Transit in a Tube: Feds Back Hyperloop One at SXSW

Posted by Lance Murray

Virgin Hyperloop One, the proposed transportation system that would whiz people in a tube-enclosed pod from Dallas to Houston in an estimated 30 minutes, got a huge boost from the federal government during SXSW 2019.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao …

Follow the Money: AmplifAI Gets $3.9M, Offerpad Closes Series C Funding Round, JLL Buys HFF

Posted by Lance Murray

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

Have …

Dallas Launches Climate Action Website to Encourage Environmental Engagement

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

This week, the City of Dallas launched the Dallas Climate Action website as a public resource for information about the city’s progress in environmental and climate initiatives.

As part of the Dallas Environmental Quality & Sustainability (DEQS) office, the website …

Jacobs Receives 11 Awards for Environmental, Climate Change Work

Posted by Lance Murray

Environmental Business International has recognized Dallas-based Jacobs Global Environmental Solutions with 11 business achievement awards for leadership and outstanding performance for its environmental and climate change innovations.

The yearly awards are administered by Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) and Climate Change …

World-Famous Culinary Conference is Coming to the Dallas Arboretum This Saturday

Posted by Alex Edwards

For the first time, Farmer Lee Jones has decided to take his world-renowned culinary conference outside of his home state—and he’s chosen Dallas as the premiere location.

Farmer Jones is the founder of The Chef’s Garden, which combines traditional farming …

Learner Mobile is Now Bringing Employee Training to Smartphones

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Dallas-based Learner Mobile has announced the launch of a microlearning employee training platform that will allow employers to easily create training content, and employees to access that content conveniently via their mobile device.

Per Learner Mobile, the platform is designed …

9th Annual EarthX Event Includes 9 Conferences

Posted by EarthX

EarthX, the environmental expo, conference, and film festival, brings together concerned environmental citizens, educators, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and thought leaders for exhibitions, music, entertainment, learning opportunities, discussions, forums, a film festival—and appropriately enough for the ninth annual event, nine conference

Dallas Invents: 97 Patents Granted for Week of March 12

Posted by Quincy Preston

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

Five New High-Tech Healthcare Impacts Made in North Texas

Posted by Will Maddox

The North Texas healthcare market’s constant innovation brings original ideas, techniques, and technology to patients in the region.

We checked in with a variety of health innovators to learn about the latest technologies making a difference for their patients.


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