Archive for April, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Inequalities Between Havers and Doers

Posted by Mandy Price

Many Americans have been sheltering in place for a month now. The social distancing guidelines designed to save lives have brought us face to face with the deep social inequities in our society. The COVID-19 global pandemic has separated our

Solution Fund: UT Dallas and SMU Partner With RevTech on Higher Ed (SAFE) Schools Challenge

Posted by Quincy Preston

UT Dallas and SMU are teaming up with RevTech, a retail technology venture capital firm based inDallas, on a challenge grant for solutions aimed at a new “safe normal” on higher-ed campuses. RevTech will award $5,000 grants to students

COVID-19 Response: North Texas Companies Make Donations, Launch New Programs, and Support First Responders

Posted by Alex Edwards

There’s been no shortage of social good in North Texas during the COVID-19 global healthcare crisis.

We’ve seen a number of corporations, startups, organizations, and nonprofits step up to help those on the front line fighting the virus and those …

Bestow Closes $50M Series B and Launches its Own Nonprofit to Assist Those in Financial Distress

Posted by Alex Edwards

Bestow, the Dallas-based startup behind the first truly modern life insurance platform, has launched its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It’s a well-timed announcement: The organization was created to assist those most in financial need during a crisis.

So, the Bestow Foundation …

COVID-19 Relief: Communities Foundation Receives $1M From Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas for PPE, Child Care, and Seniors

Posted by Quincy Preston

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will support stateside COVID-19 relief efforts with a $1 million donation through its newly created Collaborative Grant Fund, the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) today announced.

The COVID-19 Collaborative Grant Fund was established

Clarus’ TherMobile Boards Have a Shield and Cutout to Protect Employees During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Alex Edwards

Fort Worth-based Clarus, widely known as an industry leader in glassboard innovations, has announced an integration with a top pharmaceutical company that could help keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clarus is the creator of TherMobile, a non-porous mobile …

RevTech Awards $40,000 in Impact Grants to 8 Dallas-Area Startups and Nonprofits

Posted by Quincy Preston

Dallas-based RevTech Ventures has awarded $40,000 in grants to eight local companies through its Impact Grant Program. The retail-focused venture firm aims to help strengthen and support our communities in these uncertain times. As RevTech puts it, “We are here

Jacobs Releases Plan to be Net Zero Carbon in 2020 and Carbon Negative by 2030

Posted by Alex Edwards

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Jacobs has released its Climate Action Plan that it said demonstrates a commitment to helping solve the climate crisis.

The released plan sets Jacobs apart. According to Jacobs Chair and CEO …

Hotels in COVID-19: OYO Sees Rise in Long-Term Stays, Offers Rooms to Healthcare Workers

Posted by Alex Edwards

With the COVID10 pandemic imposing travel restrictions and shelter-in-place orders, the hotel industry has taken a hit. Many, like OYO Hotels & Homes, an India-based hotel firm with U.S. headquarters in Uptown Dallas, have decided to offer accommodations to those

Dallas Invents: 171 Patents Granted for Week of April 7

Posted by Quincy Preston

Dallas Fort Worth: U.S. Patents Granted in the Dallas Fort Worth region.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

A Custom Medical Device Company in Deep Ellum is Prototyping Better PPE to Fight COVID-19

Posted by Alex Edwards

We’ve all seen companies in a myriad of industries step up to begin producing personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. But for Deep Ellum-based MedCAD, custom medical devices are its bread and butter—meaning the team’s expertise and resources could

‘Their Future Is Our Future’: How a Dallas Native is Helping Vulnerable Island Nations Transition to Renewable Energy

Posted by Candace Carlisle

Matt Tranchin wants to help keep the world above water, one island nation at a time. With the help of innovative partnerships offering up renewable and resilient energy, he has a plan that can make the ultimate economic sense, too.

Technologies That Touch You

Posted by Deloitte

From wearables to wellness apps, technologies to help individuals improve their health and well-being are proliferating. Could such technologies help people boost their workplace performance as well?

In this two-part Q&A series, we’ll explore the ways in which work and …

Greenville-based REC Foundation is Taking the World’s Largest Robotics Competition Virtual

Posted by Alex Edwards

The annual VEX Robotics World Championship—recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest robotics competition in the world—is going virtual for the first time ever.

Hosted by the Greenville-based Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, the …

Trinity Park Conservancy Program Places Among Texan by Nature’s 2020 Conservation Wranglers

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Each year, Texan by Nature (TxN) recognizes six innovative conservation projects in Texas that take a science-based and results driven approach to conservation through the Conservation Wrangler program. Projects focus on the positive impact of people, prosperity, and natural resources.

Emmitt Smith to Lead Dallas Regional Chamber in Connecting Workers Impacted by COVID-19 to Jobs

Posted by Alex Edwards

We recently told you about the Dallas Regional Chamber working quickly to populate a site for workers displaced by the COVID-19 outbreak. The online portal, located inside the DRC’s Say Yes to Dallas talent retention and attraction page, updates listings

Tyler Technologies in COVID-19: Goes Live With Tech, Offers Virtual Internships, and Continues to Serve Texas

Posted by Alex Edwards

Plano-based Tyler Technologies is widely known as the largest provider of integrated software and tech services to the public sector. With the release of its fourth-quarter results in February, Tyler passed $1 billion in annual revenue for the first time

Kimberly-Clark Foundation and the Falk Family Donate $1M to United Way Covid-19 Fund

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Last month, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas announced the United Way Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund. The fund started out with $1.2 million in seed funding commitments. With the latest donation from the Kimberly-Clark Foundation and the

North Texas Companies Make Masks Their Mission to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Alex Edwards

A few weeks ago, we ran a story on the growing number of North Texas fashion companies that had begun using their talents to make medical masks for the COVID-19 pandemic. The movement was largely motivated by New York Governor

TPG Capital-Backed Digital.ai Acquires Arxan Technologies

Posted by Alex Edwards

Yesterday we told you about a group of leading technology innovators merging to form Digital.ai, a Plano-based software company that helps global 5000 companies better create, measure, deliver, secure, and improve their digital products. Today, the newly formed company