Archive for September, 2019

DFW Cities Dominate List of ‘Surprising’ Cities Where You Can Make a Lot of Money

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-Fort Worth has dominated GOBankingRates’ new ranking of the “Most Surprising Cities To Live In If You Want To Make a Lot of Money,” which includes places where people can earn more than the average incomes of their state. The top three are in Collin County.

$1M Challenge Grant Kicks Off Campaign for I-35E Deck Park in Southern Dallas

Posted by Lance Murray

The campaign to build a transformative deck park over Interstate 35E in Southern Dallas has gotten its first boost with the completion of a $1 million challenge grant by Southern Gateway Public Green Foundation.

The new park will sit between Ewing and Marsalis Avenues, adjacent to the Dallas Zoo.…

WIT Empowerment Day Lets Women Pitch Their Toy, Game, and Play Products

Posted by Lance Murray

Women from around the globe are gathering in Dallas on Tuesday to share the latest product ideas in toy, game, and play.

The eighth annual Women In Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) Empowerment Day, held just ahead of Dallas Market Center’s Toy Fair, will host more than 90 female entrepreneurs to pitch their innovations and ideas.…

Red Bull Soapbox Race DFW: Three’s a Charm for a ‘Mosquito on a Mission’

Posted by Quincy Preston

Speed racers from across the U.S. hurtled through a downhill course for the Red Bull Soapbox Race DFW as thousands of spectators cheered them on in The Colony. 

Participants from 47 select teams navigated tricky jumps, bumps, curves, and swerves in homemade vehicles using only their own momentum for speed on Saturday.…

How Award-Winning Author Elizabeth Dyer Made a Name for Herself—the Digital Way

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Among the 13 RITA award winners for 2019, self-published author and Dallas resident Elizabeth Dyer won the Romantic Suspense category.

The Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award is “the highest award of distinction in romance fiction”Dallas Innovates spoke with Dyer to see what it means to her to earn this honor and how she reached this point in her career.…

Mary Kay’s New Accelerator to Empower Female Entrepreneurs Around the World

Posted by Lance Murray

Addison-headquartered cosmetics giant Mary Kay Inc. has announced a groundbreaking, multi-partner initiative designed to inspire and educate entrepreneurial women across the globe.

Called the Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator, it is a strategic collaboration developed in consultation with six United Nations agencies: UN Women, United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Trade Centre (ITC), UN Global Compact (UNGC), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). …

Discovery: UNT Professor Studies Postpartum Depression’s History; UTD Probes Effects of ‘Passive’ Social Media Use

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.

A Look Inside This Year’s Record-Breaking Big Design Conference

Posted by Dave Moore

Dallas’ annual Big Design conference is drawing increasingly larger crowds.

Version 2019, which occurred Sept. 19-21, pulled in a record crowd of more than 1,400, most of whom are designers attempting to improve how things are done. Conference organizer and Sabre designer Brian Sullivan says aside from the U.S.,…

Live-Video Security Provider Stealth Monitoring Gets ‘Significant’ Equity Investment

Posted by Lance Murray

Stealth Monitoring, which is headquartered in Addison and Toronto and is one of the largest and fastest-growing providers of live video monitoring solutions in North America, announced that it has received a significant equity investment from Twin Point Capital.

Auxo Management LP, a privately held investment firm led by Stealth CEO Robert Cherun and President Erik Mikkelsen, will retain a substantial ownership in the company.…

Cornbread Hustle’s New Software Program Helps Addicts Work Toward a Sober Second Chance

Posted by Kathryn Chavez

Cornbread Hustle works to give previously incarcerated people and those recovering from addiction another chance through its Dallas staffing agency, and now, a software program.

Cheri Garcia is passionate about helping people get sober and hired through her company Cornbread Hustle.…

Now Showing: Dallas Film Presents the Inaugural North Texas Film Festival

Posted by Kathryn Chavez

The future is bright for those who love watching and making movies in Dallas, as the North Texas Film Festival (NTXFF) is a new launchpad for cinema creativity. 

The first-ever NTXFF, hosted by Dallas Film, is set to screen more than 20 features for its inaugural year.…

Corgan and TMGcore Team Up to Downsize Data Centers

Posted by Lance Murray

Two North Texas companies, TMGcore and Corgan, have formed a new partnership dedicated to re-envisioning data centers—making them smaller, more efficient, and a tenth of a typical size.

TMGcore is a Plano-based emerging technology solutions and equipment provider, while Corgan is a Dallas-based architectural design firm.…

Mitsubishi Elevator & Escalator Division Expands North Texas Office

Posted by Lance Murray

Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc., which provided 35 elevators and six escalators for the Grandscape development in The Colony, has steadily grown its presence in DFW. Now, it’s relocating to another North Texas facility for additional space.

Since 1985, Mitsubishi has also been serving peoples’ vertical transportation needs through elevator and escalator manufacturing.…

Follow the Money: Latticework Capital Raises $120M, Renibus Therapeutics Gets $3.37M, HMS Buys VitreosHealth

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 a deal we should know about?…

Harnessing Innovation: DFW’s Path to a Brighter Future

Posted by Sanjiv Yajnik

Sometimes you have to take a step back to realize how quickly our world is changing. Think back to 2008. Apple’s iPhone was only a year old and the app store had just been rolled out, marking the dawn of smartphones.

Package Delivery Startup Fetch Raises $10.5M in Series A Funding

Posted by Lance Murray

Fast-growing Fetch, a last-mile package delivery solution for apartment communities, has raised $10.5 million Series A funding in a round led by Signal Peak Ventures.

The newest round brings Fetch’s total to-date to $14 million, after it raised $3 million in a 2018 seed round.…

The Track Captain Applications for DSW20 are Now Live

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Dallas Startup Week 2020 isn’t until next April, but it’s already time to start preparing.

The free, 5-day event known as Dallas Startup Week—DSW for short —impacts over 10,000 North Texas entrepreneurs and change-makers year after year. From high impact summits to big name keynotes to panels of trailblazers, Startup Week is big.…

TXU Energy Honors Five Area Organizations with Energy Leadership Awards

Posted by Lance Murray

Five organizations have been named by Irving-based TXU Energy as winners in the TXU Energy Leadership Award Program.

The awards were announced on Sept. 24 in conjunction with the TXU Energy Summit in Arlington. Corporate and nonprofit leaders have been recognized due to their accomplishments in areas including energy management, innovation, community, sustainability, and engagement.…

Liberty Mutual and City of Plano Contribute $1M Each for New Accessible Playground

Posted by Lance Murray

Thanks to $1 million each from Liberty Mutual Insurance and the City of Plano, a new playground is now open that gives kids with disabilities a new universally accessible place to play together and enjoy outdoor activities.

Liberty Playground covers two acres in the new Windhaven Meadows Park in Plano, and meets five elements of play: social/emotional, physical, sensory, cognitive, and communication.…

Fort Worth-Based PMG Expands its Uptown Office, Tripling the Dallas Team

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Last year, PMG’s Dallas office had a target hiring goal of 25 employees. Now, the global company hopes to fill its Uptown location with upwards of 80 team members. 

PMG manages over $1 billion in digital media spending; seven of its clients are Fortune 500 companies.…