Archive for October, 2019

Phoenix Hospitality Startup Off to a ‘Qwick’ Start in the Dallas Market

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Qwick, a Phoenix-based on-demand staffing platform that connects food and beverage professionals with hospitality businesses, launched in Dallas in May and has seen rapid growth over the last five months.

Over the last quarter, its Dallas division revenue has grown more than 630 percent with the company enrolling more than 8,000 professionals and more than 130 businesses.…

Frito-Lay Boosts Its Southern Dallas Commitment With $1M Grant

Posted by Lance Murray

PepsiCo’s Plano-based Frito-Lay North America has provided a $1 million grant through The PepsiCo Foundation to back the expansion of the Southern Dallas Thrives initiative, according to a statement.

Frito-Lay is a founding partner of Southern Dallas Thrives, an initiative created alongside United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and The PepsiCo Foundation, which was launched in October 2018.…

Bunker Labs Set to Open Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter to Aid Veteran Entrepreneurs

Posted by Lance Murray

Bunker Labs, a national nonprofit that assists veteran entrepreneurs, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception on Nov. 20 at the JP Morgan Chase Plano to celebrate the official opening of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter . 

According to a release, the nonprofit tries to inspire veterans and their spouses to start business by providing them with proper training, resources, and connections.…

Follow the Money: Eyevance Raises $30M, Sanara MedTech Gets $10M, Tyler Technologies Makes Acquisition

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.

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Dallas’ Take Command Health Partners With Oscar Health for a New Model of Insurance

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Dallas-based startup Take Command Health announced a partnership with Oscar Health that takes advantage of new regulations going into effect in January. The move allows the two companies to offer employers a new way to provide group benefits through a reimbursement arrangement model.

AgileCamp: Toyota Connected North America Sponsors Business Process Conference

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Toyota’s Plano-headquartered global tech company, Toyota Connected North America, is sponsoring the largest Agile industry forum in the Dallas area in partnership with Hyperdrive Agile.

AgileCamp 2019 will be coming to the region on Nov. 1 at the Irving Convention Center.…

Paul Levatino Named Executive Producer of EarthxFilm

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

With six months to go before the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, EarthxFilm announced Paul Levatino as its executive producer. To commemorate the Earth Day milestone next year, EarthxFilm will screen environmental films from April 17-26, 2020, in conjunction with the EarthX Expo and Conferences.

Data Economy: DE-CIX Dallas ‘Neutral Exchange’ is Among Top 20 in the U.S.

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

DE-CIX North America announced its DE-CIX Dallas exchange has cracked the top 20 IX’s in the U.S. The Dallas exchange is the largest Open-IX certified, as well as the first data center-neutral Internet Exchange in Dallas.

DE-CIX says this means it operates the first truly neutral Internet Exchange in Dallas.…

UT Dallas is Bringing Interactive Technology to its Rocky Horror Production

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Productions (and cinematic screenings, for that matter) of the iconic “The Rocky Horror Show” have long been known for audience participation. But the University of Texas at Dallas theater and dance program is taking a high-tech spin on the traditional interactive approach, bringing LED wristbands to the performance.

High-Tech Census: Dallas Public Library Readies to Help Bridge Digital Divide

Posted by Lance Murray

The 2020 U.S. Census is rapidly approaching and residents are mostly being asked to respond online, making it the nation’s first high-tech population count.

While many people are comfortable online, a large segment of the population isn’t. That puts an onus on Census volunteers and advocates to help those people overcome a digital divide.…

Dallas Invents: 126 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 22

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 future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. 

Catalyst Sites: How These North Texas Locations Could Change the Trajectory of the Region

Posted by Brandon Call

Flash back to your high school chemistry class, and you’ll perhaps recall that all matter is made up of atoms; all elements are organized—by atomic number and electron configuration—into the periodic table; and a catalyst is a substance that is used to spur on and speed up a chemical reaction.

InspireMore Brings Joy to the Masses Through its Positive Media Platform

Posted by Kathryn Chavez

With a name like InspireMore, what you read is what you get.

InspireMore works to spread positive content through its website and social media platforms. Founders Robert Neely and Hunter Stensrud started as two friends who wanted to combat the plethora of negative news with stories aimed to inspire and instill hope.…

Texas Instruments Gives UT Dallas a $5M Gift for Early Career Faculty Endowment

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-headquartered Texas Instruments has made a $5 million gift to the University of Texas at Dallas. The money will create an endowment to support early career faculty members in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Never Give Up: A UNT Dallas Sociology Professor is Bringing the Stigma of Suicide Out in the Open

Posted by Jeff Caplan

University of North Texas at Dallas professor Syeda Jesmin and her STRONG organization are working to have a profound impact on changing the conversation about suicide and mental health on campus and in the surrounding southern Dallas communities.

Jesmin, a medical sociologist/social epidemiologist, is an associate professor of sociology.…

Triumph Group’s Arlington and Red Oak Facilities to Engineer and Manufacture Air Taxis

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Triumph Group’s Red Oak and Arlington facilities will be working on state-of-the-art electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for Jaunt Air Mobility. 

Triumph’s Aerospace Structures unit will design, develop, certify, and build a full-scale demonstration aircraft for urban air operations. The contract extends beyond prototypes and could extend to the large-scale manufacturing stage. …

DI People: Boeing Global Services, Six Flags Entertainment, Michaels Make CEO Announcements

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.

Architecture Firm Page Extends 34K-SF Lease in Historic Downtown Dallas Building

Posted by Lance Murray

Page, a global architecture and engineering firm, has extended its 34,000-square-foot lease in downtown Dallas.

The firm’s seven-year extension at 1800 Main St. shows it is recommitting to the area, according to a statement. The 31-story Mercantile National Bank Building stands out with its illuminated tower and clock.…

Silicon Valley Company Announces Dallas Technology Innovation Center

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Tavant, a Santa Clara, California-based fintech company, announced it plans to expand its Dallas presence with a new technology innovation center, an increase in its staff, and a boost in capabilities to support a growing area customer base.

The location will focus on new product development, as well as offering lenders what the company described as “new age digital experiences” through its Digital Factories.…

Bulleit Uses Next-Gen Technology and a Dallas Artist to 3D Print Sneakers

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, based in Shelbyville, Kentucky, turned to local artist Kyle Steed for its limited-edition 3D printed sneakers announced last week at the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Experience held in Dallas.

The sneakers were created through a collaboration between Steed and industrial designers and manufacturers at Tangible Creative.…