Archive for October, 2019

Eight North Texas Leaders Make the 2020 HITEC 100 List

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

The Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council will be honoring its 100 most influential Hispanic leaders in tech, including eight people based in North Texas.

The awardees will be honored on Oct. 24 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. Microsoft will also be honored as Corporation of the Year during the gala.…

UT Dallas is One of Four Taking Part in eBay University’s AI Competition

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

The University of Texas at Dallas is one of four schools participating in a machine learning competition held by eBay University. 

More than 40 students from the schools—also including NYU, Stanford, and University at Buffalo—are participating in the competition, either in teams or as individuals.…

Monarch City Ready to Take Mixed-Use Development Into the Next Century

Posted by Payton Potter

Editor’s Note: Since this article was published in the Summer 2019 edition of the Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Review, developer Howard Hughes announced that it is moving the company headquarters from Dallas to its Woodlands regional office in Houston as part of a company transformation and executive reorganization.

Nominate Now: D CEO and Dallas Innovates ‘The Innovation Awards’ 2020

Posted by Quincy Preston

Ed. Note: To learn about The Innovation Awards 2021, go here. Deadline is Sept. 18, 2020.


Dallas Innovates and D CEO magazine have teamed up to present The Innovation Awards 2020. This new program honors companies and leaders—CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and others—driving innovation in North Texas.

Innovative Spaces: UNT Unveils Its Newly Renovated College of Visual Arts and Design

Posted by Alex Edwards

The University of North Texas in Denton has opened the doors to its new College of Visual Arts and Design after a $70 million renovation. 

The 238,000-square-foot building underwent an expansion project to provide a world-class space for UNT’s art education, art history, design, and studio arts programs.…

Texas Women’s Foundation’s Orchid Giving Circle Awards $219K in Community Grants

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Orchid Giving Circle, a Texas Women’s Foundation group, is celebrating its fifth year with $219,500 in grants for 14 North Texas nonprofits benefiting the local Asian community. The grants were announced at the Grantee Celebration earlier this month at Toyota’s Plano headquarters.

Dallas Has a Brand New Pro Esports Team (and it’s Owned by Envy Gaming)

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Dallas is now one of 12 cities to participate in the global Call of Duty League. The new team—Dallas Empire—will compete in its inaugural season in 2020.

“Dallas is one of the greatest sports cities in the world. And it’s where we’re building our empire,” Envy Gaming owner and CEO Mark Rufail says.

SMU’s Cox School of Business Gets its Largest Alumni Gift Yet

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

In what was described by the school as the largest alumni gift in SMU history, the Edwin L. Cox School of Business has received $50 million from Carolyn L. and David B. Miller.

The Cox School reaches 100 years of business education in 2020.…

Sally Beauty Invests More in North Texas With 40 New Jobs and High-Tech Upgrades

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Sally Beauty Holdings is increasing its North Texas investment on both the corporate and retail sides of its business. The beauty supply retailer and distributor announced it will expand its workforce and invest in digital commerce capabilities as well as brand marketing and strategy and global sourcing.

TCU and Cowtown Angels Win Global Entrepreneurship Award

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

The Cowtown Angels Fellows program at TCU’s Neely Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has received the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ 2019 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award.

The program places TCU MBA students into the angel investment world, where they’re to perform due diligence on startups and provide analytical support to the Cowtown Angels investment group.…

Discovery: UTSW Bird Research Finding How Human Communication Works; UT Dallas Uses $4M NSF Grant for Cybersecurity Training

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.

STEM, STEAM, STREAM: “In Dallas, the Ingredients are Here.”

Posted by Quincy Preston and Alex Edwards

Education matters to business, and a STEM, STEAM, and STREAM education is vital to building the future workforce. In Dallas Innovates’ first two installments of our “Learning Reinvented” roundtable, eight local experts weighed in with their collaborative ideas on the topic.

The Great [Tech] Migration

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Since January 2010, 58 out of 89 Bay area-headquartered tech and life science companies have taken more than 30 million square feet of office space elsewhere in the country.

About 1 million square feet of that was in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to Cushman & Wakefield research.…

Galaxy Unmanned Systems Chosen for Research Contract with the Army

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Fort Worth-based Galaxy Unmanned Systems LLC could be the first to send fully autonomous, unmanned airships for military surveillance into hostile territory. 

Galaxy Unmanned Systems (GUS) provides development, support, and services for the unmanned aerial systems industry (both civilian and military).…

Dallas is One of 35 Cities Chosen for Lyft’s New Jobs Access Program

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

This week, rideshare company Lyft rolled out its jobs access program across the country. 35 cities, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will gain access to the new program, designed to address short-term transportation gaps related employment and job training.

The program is part of a $50 million annual commitment Lyft announced in May.…

JPMorgan Chase Neighborhoods Program Invests $6M in TREC Community Fund

Posted by Lance Murray

The Real Estate Council Community Fund has received a $6 million investment from JPMorgan Chase’s Partnerships for Rising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) program—the biggest single investment ever awarded to TREC Community Fund.

The investment—one of seven made nationwide—follows an earlier $400,000 JPMorgan Chase PRO Neighborhoods commitment in 2018.

Follow the Money: Actuate Raises $3.9M, TPG Closes $14B in Funds; Sabre Acquires Radixx

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?…

IF/THEN Summit to Highlight Female Innovators and Promote STEM Careers

Posted by Lance Murray

The IF/THEN Summit will come to Dallas Oct. 21-23, bringing 125 female “STEM Rock Stars” from the across the nation—10 of them from Dallas-Fort Worth—who have been selected as American Association of Science IF/THEN Ambassadors.

The ambassadors will share their stories and be high-profile role models for girls.…

Popular Video Game Leads to a $1.5M NSF Grant for SMU

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Minecraft may be one of the most wildly popular video games since it was released in 2011. But now, it’s turned educational, becoming a way to teach computer science and computational thinking.

SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering, Guildhall, and Simmons School of Education & Human Development has received a $1,521,615 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research around the game.…

FieldMed Launches as the First Patient-Focused Software for Community Healthcare

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

A Dallas tech company founded by a longtime paramedic is helping patients—particularly the uninsured—avoid costly ambulance trips and emergency room visits, ultimately saving patients, cities, and hospitals millions of dollars. 

Graphium Health, a Plano-based provider of mobile-based software that better manages anesthesia practices, has launched FieldMed, a dedicated community health software platform.…