Archive for September, 2020

DI People: Jacobs, BNSF, Kimberly-Clark, Transwestern, 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 …

Calling All Innovators: Pediatric Hospitals Seek Solutions for Healthcare Pain Points Through KidsX Accelerator

Posted by Dave Moore

Though children comprise about 15 percent of all medical patients, a disproportionately high number of health care apps are geared toward adults. Yet adult-oriented health care apps seldom work for children.

For example, adult asthma management apps don’t translate well …

What Banking Can Teach Education

Posted by Anne Motsenbocker, JPMorgan Chase, and Rick Lopez, Garland ISD

Millions of Americans have immediate access to their personal banking information using mobile phones and personal computers. Customers can check accounts, deposit checks, transfer funds, and pay bills online. According to a study by Business Insider Intelligence, nearly nine out

Mike McKinley Is Named 101st President of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas

Posted by Riley Farrell

An organization doesn’t hit the century mark without a thread of innovation. 

That’s something incoming president Mike McKinley is ready to tackle. To withstand a hundred years of change—present year included—the Salesmanship Club of Dallas has evolved its practices, techniques,

Dallas-Based GreenLight’s Blockchain Platform is Powering College Readiness for Texas High School Students

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas-based GreenLight Credentials has been chosen to provide its blockchain platform to the Texas College Bridge, a collaboration of the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Impact Network, The Commit Partnership, and institutions of higher education in Texas.

The Texas College …

#HackTheCulture: Impact Ventures Debuts Hackathon Series Focused on Social Justice

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Hack The Culture 2020 plans to explore the intersection of social change, justice, and technology by bringing together developers, designers, and other people in tech with activists, community organizers, and policy makers.

With these people coming together from diverse backgrounds, …

Aligned Closes on $1B Credit Facility, the ‘First-Ever U.S. Data Center Sustainability-Linked Financing’

Posted by Alex Edwards

Plano-based Aligned, a data center platform focused on adaptable and future-proof technology, has closed on a new $1 billion credit facility. The company, founded in 2013, says it marks the first data center sustainability-linked financing in the U.S.

The private …

Work-From-Home Demands Spur Growth at DFW Data Centers

Posted by Sandra Engelland

COVID-19 spurred growth in existing Dallas data centers in the first half of 2020 as companies sought more capacity for productive working from home while new leasing and construction slowed, experts say.

While 2019 was “a very sleepy year” for

Fort Worth Ophthalmic Biotech Eyevance Exits to Japanese Firm for $225M

Posted by Alex Edwards

Fort Worth is getting another huge biotech success story: Eyevance Holdings LLC has entered into a shared purchase agreement with Osaka, Japan-based Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Per the agreement, Santen Holdings U.S. Inc., a wholly subsidiary of Santen, will acquire …

McKinney Innovation Fund Draws Hundreds of New Jobs, 11 Tech HQs in Eight Months

Posted by Gloria Salinas, Managing Director, Economic Development, DRC

While most corporate relocation decisions have been delayed due to the pandemic, McKinney Economic Development Corporation’s Innovation Fund is landing tech startups at warp speed.

Over the past eight months, the Innovation Fund—an incentive-based fund for tech startups in …

Roomored Gets Investment to Boost its 3D Visualization Platform for Homebuilders—Timely Tech in a COVID World

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas-based Roomored was equipped for COVID before it even began.

The startup is a pioneer in the virtual home buying experience with its revolutionary 3D visualization platform that literally constructs a new reality for homebuilders.

Since founding Roomored in 2016, …

Industry Veteran Joins rewardStyle to Lead Coveted App to Exponential Growth

Posted by Alex Edwards

rewardStyle, the Dallas-based brand that pioneered the influencer innovation industry, is expanding its executive leadership team with an industry veteran.

Catherine “Kit” Ulrich has been appointed the new general manager of (LTK), rewardStyle’s fast-growing shopping app that allows influencers …

Testing and Tracing Is Key to a Safe Return to the Workplace. But How Can an Employer Begin?

Posted by Michael Wood

Establishing COVID-19 testing and contact tracing processes is key to facilitating a safe return to the workplace. For the majority of employers, however, developing such protocols is uncharted territory, leaving many unsure of where or how to begin.

Health, legal, …

Dallas-Based Next Level Insurance Agency Partners With ThinkHR to Launch COVID-19 Crisis Response Center for Businesses

Posted by Chantal Canales

Next Level Insurance Agency has announced a human resources partnership with ThinkHR to provide clients with “much-needed risk management, human resources, and employee support at no cost to their clients” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Next Level’s website, the …

Study Says: CEOs Can Outpace Their Competition By Becoming ‘Accelerators’

Posted by Chantal Canales

Sales Benchmark Index (SBI) released its “Revitalizing Growth in Business Services: Accelerate While Others Stand Still” report after surveying 353 CEOs from both public and private B2B companies. The report uncovers how business leaders have responded to the “disruptive economic

Robotics Education and Competition Foundation Receives $750K from Texas Workforce Commission

Posted by Chantal Canales

The Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation has announced its partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) Texas Youth Robotics Initiative to expand access to robotics and learning resources to underrepresented high school students across the state of Texas.

Headquartered …

BPS Agriculture’s New Startup Is Using Tech to Help Farmers Reduce Environmental Impact and Stay Profitable

Posted by Alex Edwards

The team behind North Texas-based diversified agricultural holding company BPS Agriculture has launched a venture that wants to help farmers reduce their environmental impact while increasing profitability.

Called PureAcre, the new startup will focus on bringing high-performance management products—like Earth-friendly …

Urban Air Fuels Expansion With $700K in Incentives for ‘3-Pack’ Franchise Deals

Posted by Quincy Preston

Urban Air Adventure Park, which grew from a single trampoline park in Southlake to a worldwide chain in just under a decade, is investing in its expansion despite a global pandemic. The indoor park pioneer has an “Ultimate Adventure” for

Dallas Invents: 145 Patents Granted for Week of Sept. 1

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

From Matching to Meeting: Match Launches First-of-its-Kind Feature to Move Singles Outside the App

Posted by Alex Edwards

As the global pioneer in online dating, Dallas-headquartered Match is no stranger to changing with the times. And 2020 is unlike any other—it has completely redefined most of the world, including how we make connections.

That’s why Match has launched