Archive for November, 2019

Follow the Money: Renibus Therapeutics Nets $16.3M, Shiftsmart Raises $12.75M, Traxo Receives Equity Funding

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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JPMorgan Chase Invests $1M in North Texas Military Vets

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is committing more than $1 million to support military veterans in North Texas. The funds will help veterans make the transition to civilian life by training them in the IT industry via NPower, encouraging veteran entrepreneurs

A Cloud Solution for Resumes Takes the Top Prize at UTD’s Annual Big Idea Competition

Posted by Maddie Preston

From affordable and applicable STEM products for everyday life to a dating app that equips user with a wingman and encourages in-person interactions, UTD students presented a variety of startup ideas during Tuesday’s Big Idea Competition.

The University of Texas …

Dallas Innovates: The [Tech] Talent Issue

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

All companies are tech companies.

Dallas Innovates: The [Tech] Talent Issue, a special edition of the Dallas Innovates magazine, looks at how companies in Dallas-Fort Worth are attracting and retaining the best talent. Startups, corporates, nonprofits, and organizations work hard …

Texan by Nature Recognizes Companies Committed to Conservation

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Texan by Nature (TxN), a conservation nonprofit led by former First Lady Laura Bush, announced its first-ever Texan by Nature 20. The list recognizes 20 companies across 10 industries with Texas operations that are each making demonstrative commitments to conservation.

Dallas Invents: 139 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 12

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

Cooklist’s New Thanksgiving Meal Planner Decides Your Dinner in Under a Minute

Posted by Kathryn Chavez

Cooklist is an application that provides automatic grocery shopping with the option to view recipes, compare prices, and order curbside pickup. Now, the app is also doubling as a Thanksgiving meal planner.

This Dallas startup is connecting its users with …

Recap: Startups Take the Stage at Health Wildcatters’ Pitch Day

Posted by Lance Murray

Pitch Day at Health Wildcatters last week signaled the finale of the Dallas accelerator program’s season. More than 175 people listened to pitches by seven teams from the fall cohort, three of which are based in North Texas.

The event …

TMGcore Unveils its Transformative Data Center Platform—And it’s About the Size of an SUV

Posted by Lance Murray

Plano-based TMGcore, a provider of data center solutions and manufacturer of data center hardware, has unveiled what it calls evolutionary technology that could transform the data center industry.

TMGcore’s OTTO platform—debuted at Supercomputing 2019 in Denver—is a completely automated, self-contained, …

DI People: RoboKind, rewardStyle, Jacobs, and Idea Grove Make Leadership 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

We Compute: Dallas-Fort Worth’s Data Center Market Shows No Sign of Slowing Down

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-Fort Worth has assumed a position near the top of data center industry nationally, and a recent CBRE study indicates that will continue into the future. 

The wholesale colocation market in Dallas-Fort Worth is as competitive as its ever been, …

MODE Transportation Merges With SunteckTTS

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

MODE Transportation, a Dallas-based transportation and logistics company, announced it’s acquiring SunteckTTS, a transportation solutions company, under a merger agreement. According to a statement, the combined businesses will operate under the MODE brand, facilitate more than 1.5 million customer shipments

Travel Tech: Airstream Partners With Dallas-based Lighting Startup

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Airstream, maker of the “silver bullet” trailer, announced a partnership with Dallas-based HEADSPIN Outdoors to promote HEADSPIN’s flashlight-plus lighting product through its Airstream Supply Company Division.

HEADSPIN’s solution couples a light unit with a rechargeable cube-shaped power device, which uses …

Influencer Firm rewardStyle Gets an Industry Veteran as its New CTO

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Dallas’ rewardStyle, the influencer marketing firm behind the wildly popular LIKEtoKNOW.it, has announced Bill Bodin as its new chief technology officer. Bodin comes to the company with more than 30 years of experience in the tech industry, including stints as

Plano-Based 5G Solutions Company Nets $85M in Series C Funding

Posted by Lance Murray

Plano-based small cell tech company BaiCells Technologies has received $85 million in Series C funding from two Chinese investors, bringing the startup’s total funding to $99.6 million, Crunchbase reported.

Earlier this year, a reported $14.6 million investment from Qualcomm Ventures …

My Startup Story: How a McKinney Couple Wants to Change the View on Healthcare

Posted by Kathryn Chavez

Reid Rasmussen thought there had to be a better way to navigate and understand healthcare. So, he co-founded freshbenies with his wife, Heidi, as a way to make doctors only a call or an email away to answer medical questions

UTD and TCU Rank Among Top 50 Best Undergrad Programs for Entrepreneurs

Posted by Maddie Preston

The UTD Jindal School of Management’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) ranked No. 13 for the top 50 Best Undergraduate Programs for Entrepreneurship in Entrepreneur Magazine. The TCU Neeley School of Business’ Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation ranked at

bigBANG! 2019 Encouraged Conversations Surrounding an Inclusive Economy

Posted by Maddie Preston

bigBANG! says it’s Dallas’ longest-running event for game-changing social innovation. The theme of this year’s bigBANG! event is inclusivity, focusing on the deep conversations that encourage innovative solutions for positive change in Dallas. bigBANG! hopes to serve as an incubator

North Texas Team Chosen for Federal AI Healthcare Challenge

Posted by Alex Edwards

A team from North Texas is joining national giants like IBM, the Mayo Clinic, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Geisinger in an inaugural federal challenge.

Lightbeam Health Solutions and DocSynk, which are both based in Irving, are participating as one team …

TWU’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs Awards Ten Microgrants

Posted by Maddie Preston

The Center for Women Entrepreneurs at Texas Woman’s University has announced the ten recipients of its 2019 microgrant program. The grants are meant to help Texas women launch and expand their businesses.

TWU’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs, which says it’s …