Archive for October, 2019

#TeamTrees Partners with Social Media Influencers to Plant 20M Trees

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Internet campaign #TeamTrees grew out of a May 2019 challenge for YouTube influencer Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson to plant 20 million trees in honor of reaching 20 million subscribers on the video platform. His fans then suggested teaming up with other social media influencers to turn the ambitious goal into reality.

Learn More About the Future 50 Feature in Dallas Innovates 2020—The Magazine

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Dallas Innovates 2020—The Magazine, our third annual print publication publishing in December, will highlight Dallas-Fort Worth as a hub for innovation.

In it, we will spotlight 50 innovators and disruptors in the region who are having a breakout moment this year.…

UTD and WEDallas Celebrate Female Entrepreneurship at the Second Annual Women’s Summit

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

It’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Week, and Dallas’ startup community is here to celebrate. 

The week is designed to commemorate female founders and bring together those making the region an ideal place to launch a company. Since 2007, women-owned small businesses have increased by 58 percent and businesses owned by women of color by 163 percent, according to The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.…

Lyle Commits $10M for SMU Engineering School’s Strategic Vision

Posted by Lance Murray

Longtime Southern Methodist University supporter Bobby Lyle has designated $10 million to back a new strategic vision for his namesake, the Lyle School of Engineering.

The school was named for the Dallas entrepreneur, industry leader, and educator 11 years ago. SMU said its new bold plan for the future of the school combines innovation, agility, and swift responses to the shifts in technological capabilities with enduring institutional support.…

Inclusive Smart Cities: Moving from Technology-Centric to Citizen-Centric Smart Cities

Posted by Deloitte

As urban populations grow increasingly diverse, many cities are turning to technology and smart city solutions to build more livable environments and improve the delivery of public services. However, smart city design and implementation challenges, coupled with the digital divide between different population segments, might unintentionally leave some communities behind.

Solutions Through Collaboration: Dallas Funders Tackle Workforce and Business Challenges with New Program

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

The Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy announced its inaugural 2019-2020 class of 24 fellows representing community-based organizations, businesses, post-secondary educational institutions, and government agencies.

The program is a combined effort of Communities Foundation of Texas, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.…

Dallas-Fort Worth Cracks Top 15 Ranking for Minority-Owned Startups in U.S.

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

A recent Volusion report on minority-owned startups found the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area ranked 12th with 4,357 minority-owned startups.

That total represents 35.5 percent of area startups compared to an overall minority population of 52.4 percent. Those companies employ 23,992 people and have gross sales between $1 billion and $5 billion, according to the report.…

My Startup Story: Soulgood Serves Up Vegan Food With a Purpose

Posted by Kathryn Chavez

Soulgood, a Dallas-based food truck, is catering and serving fast food favorites without the fast-food waistline.

Clever names and even more clever recipes are changing the North Texas vegan and vegetarian scene thanks to Soulgood Founder Cynthia Nevels. “Buffalo No Cluckin’ Way,” “Vin Diezel Chili Dog,” and “Where’s the Beef Street Taco” are just a sample of the vegan dishes Nevels cooks up to make healthy food fun again.…

Discovery: Agrilife Expansion Focuses on Food and Water, UTA Gets a $2.3M Grant for Composites

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.

Follow the Money: Aligned Energy Gets $495M, TPG Fund Nets $1.7B; AT&T Buys Ad Platform

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?…

ParkHub Founder and CEO Wins National Parking Association Innovator of the Year

Posted by Alex Edwards

George Baker, the CEO and founder of Dallas-based ParkHub, was named Innovator of the Year at the National Parking Association (NPA) 2019 Innovation Awards. It’s the award’s top honor.

The winning facilities, companies, and individuals were all acknowledged at the organization’s 68th Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida.…

U.K.’s ActiveOps Selects Dallas as its U.S. Base

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

This summer U.K.-based cloud computing company ActiveOps Ltd. acquired OpenConnect Inc., a Farmers Branch-based software provider, making Dallas a third U.S. office location for ActiveOps along with New York and Charlotte, North Carolina.

With the post-deal dust beginning to settle, how OpenConnect’s technology and the Dallas location fit into ActiveOps’ strategy is becoming clearer.…

IF/THEN Summit Convenes Nationwide Female STEM Role Models in Dallas

Posted by Alex Edwards

Lyda Hill Philanthropies is on a mission to empower women in STEM across the U.S.

Through its IF/THEN initiative, the Dallas-based philanthropy has made many commitments to fund world-changing advancements in science and nature. The first-of-its kind coalition—announced earlier this year, in March with a $25 million commitment—is built on the idea that “if we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.”…

What Entrepreneurs Can Do to Protect Their Business

Posted by Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP

Entrepreneurs have a myriad of tasks to conquer as they begin their journey to launch a successful business. Too often in the chaos, legal issues are overlooked. Some entrepreneurs avoid speaking to a knowledgeable attorney, thinking that it will be too costly.

McKinney Nonprofit Provides Showers to the Homeless

Posted by Kathryn Chavez

While taking a shower may be a daily task for many people, for others, it’s a luxury.

“Folks can count on a weekly shower, they can count on us being there. And, it’s funny—a lot of them will tell me, it’s their favorite day of the week, and I tell them we’re so glad to see you.…

Hypergiant Partners With Dynetics to Deliver Space Data to Companies—Faster and Smarter

Posted by Alex Edwards

Hypergiant, the Texas-based artificial intelligence firm, has formed a new partnership with Dynetics, an Alabama-headquartered provider of high-tech solutions. Together, the two technology companies plan to develop better solutions for space missions.

The services resulting from the partnership aim to support current customers in the space ecosystem, while opening up new opportunities in a burgeoning industry.…

Craig Hall Receives 5th Annual Impact Awards’ Vision Award

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Dallas developer and entrepreneur Craig Hall was the main focus at the North Texas District Council of the Urban Land Institute’s 5th Annual Impact Awards held earlier this month at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. Hall was presented with ULI North Texas’ Vision Award celebrating his real estate career and arts leadership.

Dallas Invents: 143 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 15

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. 

DI People: ParkHub, OrderMyGear, and Naturally Slim Make Leadership Moves

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.

American Airlines Raises $2.4M for Military Heroes and Families

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

This year’s annual American Airlines Sky Ball—a fundraiser for military heroes and families—raised $2.4 million for the Airpower Foundation. The event was held earlier this month at an AA aircraft hangar at DFW International Airport.

The three-day event included a ceremony honoring Medal of Honor recipients attended by 17 of the 70 living recipients of the honor, a veteran-focused career fair, educational outreach programs for area schools, a Salute to Heroes concert featuring Austin Allsup and Stoney LaRue, and a special performance by Martina McBride.…