Archive for September, 2020

Jeff Berry Becomes New CEO of Poo~Pourri as Founder Suzy Batiz Steps Down

Posted by Alex Edwards

The Addison-based brand best known for making before-you-go toilet spray a bathroom staple, Poo-Pourri, is getting a new CEO.

Scentsible LLC, the parent company of Poo-Pourri, announced that Jeff Berry has been appointed as the brand’s CEO. The company’s founder and the visionary behind Poo-Pourri, Suzy Batiz, will move into the role of chairwoman and chief visionary officer.…

Dallas Regional Chamber Appoints Its First-Ever Senior Vice President for Community Engagement

Posted by Alex Edwards

The Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC), which serves as the voice of business and a champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas region, has named Latosha (Tosha) Herron-Bruff as its first senior vice president for community engagement.

The creation of the position follows the news in June that the DRC formed a permanent Board-level Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.…

Dallas-Based Sentrics Uses Tech to Revolutionize Senior Living—And Has Made Five Acquisitions to Do So

Posted by Riley Farrell

Dallas-based Sentrics wants to revolutionize the future of senior living. CEO Darin LeGrange knows that technology can do more for the sector because he and his team have already made it work in healthcare.

That’s why the fast-growing company, founded in 2016, has acquired and integrated five companies into a single entity.

EarthX’s Trammell S. Crow Launches ‘World’s Only’ Environmental Conservation Streaming Platform

Posted by Chantal Canales

Last week, we told you about the launch of EarthXR, the first virtual immersive nature reserve by EarthX. During Climate Week, Earthx Founder Trammell S. Crow announced the launch of another service called EarthxTV, the “world’s only streaming platform dedicated to environmental conservation.”

It’s National Drive Electric Week. Here’s What’s Happening in Dallas

Posted by Alex Edwards

Until Oct. 4, celebrations are being held across the nation to raise awareness of the various benefits of owning an all-electric and plug-in hybrid car, truck, or motorcycle.

For the past decade, National Drive Electric Week has hosted hundreds of events in communities across the U.S.…

Dallas Invents: 134 Patents Granted for Week of Sept. 15

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

‘Let’s Build the Future’: Silicon Valley’s Founder Institute Is Bringing Its Startup Accelerator to Dallas

Posted by Alex Edwards

A program that calls itself the largest pre-seed startup accelerator in the world is coming to Dallas.

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute has chapters in more than 225 cities across the globe. Now, Dallas is being added to that list—the newest chapter aims to give local early stage entrepreneurs the support network and structured growth process necessary to gain traction.…

Alkami Technology Closes a $140M Funding Round After Hitting Major Growth Milestones

Posted by Alex Edwards

Plano-headquartered Alkami Technology, which bills itself as a leader in providing cloud-based digital banking solutions for banks and credit unions, has closed on a $140 million funding round. The fintech innovator said the financing follows several major growth milestones.

It puts Alkami’s total funding upwards of $400 million.…

State of Public Education: ‘We Really Need Our Business Partners to Know How Important This Is,’ says RISD Leader

Posted by Michael Wood

Public education has weighed heavily on the minds of parents, students, teachers, and administrators since the widespread closure of schools in mid-March due to COVID-19. Since then, parents and education stakeholders have sought clarity from school leaders about their plans to keep students safe and make up for learning lost over an extended break from in-person instruction.

Revol Greens Raises $68M to Build ‘World’s Largest Lettuce Greenhouse’ in Texas

Posted by Quincy Preston

Ed. Note: Revol Greens will plant roots in Central Texas through a partnership with Equilibrium Capital, according to an announcement on June 1, 2021. The Minnesota-based greenhouse lettuce producer plans to locate a new manufacturing operation in Temple. Pending final negotiations, the company expects to build a 40-acre advanced greenhouse.

Cohort Kickoff: Meet the 6 Inaugural Startups in Denton’s AccelerateHER Incubator

Posted by Chantal Canales

Last month, we told you about a new startup incubator program that Texas Woman’s University Center for Women Entrepreneurship and coworking company Stoke called AccelerateHER. Now, they’ve announced the six women-led startups that were chosen to participate in the program.

“The women leading each company have a clear idea of the problem they are working to solve and the passion and vision needed to work on providing a solution,” associate director of the Center for Women Entrepreneurs Tracy Irby said in a statement.…

Discovery: New Wearable Sensor is Like a ‘Check-Engine Light’ for IBD, Says UTD Bioengineer

Posted by Alex Edwards

Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas have designed a new wearable device that can monitor sweat. The wristwatch-like tech looks for biomarkers that could potentially signal the flare-up of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—and UTD says its the first study to do so.

Toyota USA Foundation to Address the COVID-Caused Digital Divide With Nearly $3.4M in Grants

Posted by Alex Edwards

The COVID-19 pandemic has continually forced schools across the country to implement virtual learning. But, many students still don’t have the tech-based resources at home—like internet access or computers—that are necessary to complete school work.

That’s where Toyota comes in.

The Plano-headquartered car manufacturer is working to fill the ‘digital divide’ through $3,357,000 in grants approved by the Toyota USA Foundation.…

Mary Kay Helps North Texas Students Kickstart Businesses From Dog Treats to Bath Bombs

Posted by Alex Edwards

The women behind Dallas-based Mary Kay say that they “know a thing or two about being their own bosses.” That’s why the makeup innovators are partnering with the Boss Club Foundation, a Texas nonprofit that pilots entrepreneurial programs to inspire confidence and ignite creativity in students.

DFW Startup Launches Kickstarter for Puzzles Highlighting the Work of Black Artists

Posted by Sophia Gonzalez

DFW-based Pieces of Us by Us is highlighting the culture of the Black community by bringing cultural fine art and puzzles together.

Pieces of Us by Us is currently fundraising through Kickstarter to support the company and bring a focus to the stories of the Black community.…

How Verizon Retrained Nearly 20,000 Workers to Avoid Layoffs

Posted by Michael Wood

Despite a historic economic downturn that has forced companies nationwide to cut staff, Verizon has managed to shield employees from job displacement.

Rather than make cuts when stores were temporarily closed, the telecommunications company retrained nearly 20,000 team members for other roles within the organization.…

DI People: Comerica, Shermco, Encore Bank, Mary Kay, and More Make Moves

Posted by Alex Edwards

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 the people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.…

Future Readiness: This $15M Microsoft Training Program Aims to Accelerate Digital Skills in Minority Communities

Posted by Dave Moore

Black-led nonprofits have less than a week to apply to be part of a $15 million Microsoft training program aimed at accelerating digital skills in minority communities.

Up to 50 nonprofits will receive up to $100,000 over three years for training purposes, according to information from Microsoft.…

Align Capital Partners Portfolio Company Acquires Excergy in Its 14th Investment This Year

Posted by Quincy Preston

It’s been a busy year for Align Capital Partners. The private equity firm, which has offices in Dallas and Cleveland, announced today the closing of its 14th overall investment of 2020 with Excergy. It was the company’s fifth add-on for its utility market intelligence platform, E Source, which was acquired in June 2019. 

Dallas Startup Launches Beta of Its Automated Robotic Takeout Stations

Posted by Alex Edwards

Adam Lloyd Cohen built the beta version of a robotic meal-making machine in his garage.

Cohen is your textbook problem solver. He’s always thought that having takeout stations in apartment buildings and condos would appeal to residents looking to grab a quick breakfast en route to work.…