Archive for April, 2019

ICYMI: EarthX is a Festival of the Future

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Top stories on DAllas Innovates for Earth DayThe EarthX 2019 conference, expo, and film festival — a three-pronged global festival of the future conceived in Dallas — happened last weekend at Fair Park. The environmental extravaganza is proudly dubbed the “largest of its kind in the world,” drawing what could be the biggest gathering of people who want to make a difference, and can, in the future of our planet.

Island Resilience Forum: “I came, I saw, and I fell in love with EarthX and Dallas”

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The EarthX 2019 conference, expo, and film festival happened this past weekend at Fair Park, drawing attention to the challenges that our planet faces, as well as those individuals and groups rising up to meet them. New this year was the Island Resilience Forum, which explored scalable and comprehensive energy roadmaps, along with actionable and fundable projects for those on the front-line of climate change.

Fatal Yeast: Carrollton Startup MycoDART Steps Up to Fight Infections in Hospitalized Patients

Posted by Blair Welch

A deadly yeast that claims the lives of one in three victims has historically been difficult to diagnose and treat, but new molecular tests from MycoDART may change those odds. 

Carrollton-based clinical molecular laboratory MycoDART’s new test has the potential of saving patients valuable hours and even days when it comes to properly treating the deadly yeast, and can even be run over environmental surfaces to test for the presence of Candida auris (C.…

DI People: Istation, J.Hilburn, Comerica, G6 Hospitality Make Leadership Announcements

Posted by Lance Murray

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on executive and 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.

Last Call: Apply Now to Trend Forward Capital’s First Startup Pitch Competition in Dallas

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

We’re only a few months into 2019, but Trend Forward Capital, the investment arm of Irving-based cybersecurity company Trend Micro, has been busy making big moves. For starters, at this year’s CES, Trend Forward held a startup pitch competition with cash prizes.

Innovative Texas Airport Apprenticeship Announced at Dallas Fort Worth International

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and the Dallas County Community College District are partnering on a new apprenticeship program aimed at promoting internal growth and sustainability of skilled workers in construction and maintenance.

At least seven airport employees will participate in the pilot program, the first of its kind in Texas to be registered with the U.S.…

Photo Gallery: North Texas Hosts the First Home Games in Esports History During a Sold-Out Weekend

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Bud Light Homestand Weekend set the stage for Dallas Fuel, Dallas Fort-Worth’s very own esports team, to win its first home games in the history of professional esports leagues.

Dallas Fuel is part of the Overwatch League, a first-of-its-kind competitive esports league that geolocates its teams in specific cities to compete against each other in a video game called Overwatch.…

Next-Gen Electric Motor Maker Linear Labs Powers Up Mobility with Global Partnership

Posted by Lance Murray

Linear Labs, a smart electric motor company that intends to create the next generation of world-changing solutions for the electric power industry, announced a partnership with Abtery, a company developing cleantech systems in electro-mobility.

It’s a strategic move for both parties: Abtery now has a “superior electric motor” to offer as the heart of its transportation solutions, Brad Hunstable, CEO of Linear Labs, said in a release.…

Innovation Labs Help Profits Soar Like a Missile at Lockheed Grand Prairie Unit

Posted by Lance Murray

In a cluster of innovation labs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s Grand Prairie headquarters, engineers creatively find ways to better build missiles, rockets, and sensors the company sells to governments—all in an effort to enforce peace around the world.

Bottle Rocket’s Momentum Continues

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Bottle Rocket Dallas Innovates Silver SponsorJust one month into its eleventh year, Bottle Rocket continues to post an impressive track record of growth, as evidenced by its successes in the last five quarters. With monthly revenue hitting an all-time high (March 2019 has been documented as the highest producing month in the company’s history), Bottle Rocket is laying a sustainable foundation for its future while advancing its ability to provide comprehensive solutions that help clients navigate and win in the vast and ever-changing world of digital.

Dollars for Good: Communities Foundation of Texas Awards $6.3M in Grants for Social Innovation

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based Communities Foundation of Texas has awarded $6.3 million in grants to 15 organizations. Donated by William Walter Caruth Jr., it’s the largest set of Caruth grants announced in a single year.

CFT said the endowment is aimed at advancing innovative and evidence-based solutions in the areas of education, public safety, health, and medical and scientific research in the Dallas area, according to a release.…

Keller Williams Enters iBuyer Arena, Will Launch Instant Offer Service in DFW

Posted by Lance Murray

In 2019, it’s all about “i”—and that includes the real estate sector. That’s why Keller Williams Realty has joined the iBuyer business and plans to launch an instant offer service next month in Dallas-Fort Worth.

An iBuyer is a company that uses technology to make an instant offer on a home that’s for sale, and the sector is a new venture for Austin-based Keller Williams, the nation’s top real estate franchise, which has numerous DFW offices.…

My Possibilities Uses $200K Grant to Fund Solar Power for Campus

Posted by Lance Murray

With the help of a $200,000 grant, Plano-based nonprofit My Possibilities has joined a growing number of businesses and organizations in North Texas that are using solar energy to power their facilities, ultimately lowering their costs and helping the environment.

The announcement of the solar system has great timing as EarthX’s annual Expo is this weekend in Dallas.…

ScholarShot Gets $187,500 Grant to Launch First Texas Public University Report Card

Posted by Quincy Preston

Dallas-based ScholarShot has been awarded $187,500 through the W.W. Caruth Jr. Fund to produce its first Economic Mobility Report Card for Texas’ Public Universities, the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) announced. It’s one of 15 area organizations that were awarded a total of $6.3 million in grants from the Caruth fund last week. 

Discovery: UTSW Leads Charge Against Resistant Pathogens; UTA Students Design Training Aid for Wheelchair Athletes

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.

Meet Flyght Club,
the Startup Making Your Airport Experience Easier

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Gone are the days of airport anxiety, long security lines, delayed and cancelled flights, crowds, and long waits for food.

Incorporating features like an interactive, real-time flight map, mobile networking with fellow passengers, the ability to pre-order food, and the goal of robot-delivered food and snacks, Flyght Club aims to reconfigure the entire airport experience.

The Story Behind How Brittany Cobb Transformed a Flea Market Into a Lifestyle Brand

Posted by Alex Edwards

Stepping into Brittany Cobb’s store in Deep Ellum is like entering a visual representation of the founder herself. Jewelry, home decor, clothing, handbags, and knick-knacks fill the nearly 3,000-square-foot retail space, each item carefully curated, but different in its own way.

Follow the Money: Novo Labs Reaps $2M in Seed Funding; Jacobs Buys Intelligence Company for $815M

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.

Have a deal we should know about?…

Dallas Animal Services’ App Rakes in $200K Investment at Innovation Showdown

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas Animal Services’ cutting-edge customer service app that will help save animals’ lives has earned the agency a jaw-dropping $200,000, which will be used to further development and implementation of the app. According to DAS officials, the app is designed to take a big bite out of the number of animals being euthanized at the shelter.

HCL Technologies Expands U.S. Operations, Launches CyberSecurity Fusion Center in Frisco

Posted by Lance Murray

Global technology company HCL Technologies announced Thursday the launch of its CyberSecurity Fusion Center (CSFC) in Frisco. The CSFC—a state of the art automation-driven security operations center—aims to detect cyber threats faster and respond better. 

The company, which is headquartered in Noida, India, has a worldwide network of R&D, innovation labs, and delivery centers that employ more than 132,000 “Ideapreneurs.”…