Archive for June, 2021

Starbucks Chooses Local Nonprofits for Its Neighborhood Grants Program

Posted by Alex Edwards

In its latest round of Neighborhood Grants, a program that supports community-led nonprofits through small grants that range from $1,000 to $10,000, The Starbucks Foundation has awarded $2 million total to more than 1,000 organizations across the U.S. and Canada.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Gives Our $21.6M in Local Park Grants

Posted by Alex Edwards

The Austin-based Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved more than $21.6 million in grants to fund projects at statewide community parks that aim to create and enhance outdoor recreational opportunities, like nature trails, native gardens, playgrounds, splash pads, dog parks, and sports fields.

American Airlines Raises Nearly $1.5M for COVID-19 Relief

Posted by Alex Edwards

Fort Worth-headquartered American Airlines raised nearly $1.5 million to boost the American Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ efforts to fight the COVID-19 around the world—including Brazil, India, and other countries in need of assistance.

The airline, with more than 11,000 of its AAdvantage members, raised the amount in under a month.…

Mary Kay Foundation Gives $150K To Provide Cancer Resources To Underserved Female Populations

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas’ Mary Kay Foundation, a longtime leader in the charge to eliminate cancers that affect women, donated $150,000 to CancerCare, the leading nonprofit that offers free financial and professional services to cancer patients.

The grant will allow CancerCare to provide direct support to women who are most in need of assistance.…

Kimberly-Clark Partners With Biotech Innovator RWDC To Develop Sustainable Plastic Alternatives

Posted by David Seeley

Diapers made from sugarcane. Sustainable biopolymers. “Biovanescent” materials that break down to water and carbon, leaving no trace. They’re just some of the ways Irving-based Kimberly-Clark is working to solve the world’s single-use plastics problem.

Yesterday the company announced a partnership with Athens, GA- and Singapore-based biotech firm RWDC Industries to advance sustainable technology for consumer products, with RWDC’s source material Solon seen as a key ingredient for change.…

EdTech Startup Language Learning Market Expanding Its Corporate HQ in McKinney

Posted by David Seeley

McKinney-based Language Learning Market got its start when its founder and CEO, Allison Monroe, couldn’t find a company with the resources she needed to teach her four children multiple languages. So she founded one of her own and grew it globally, with offices in Mexico, India, and Jordan.

Dallas-Based Aiden Technologies Raises $2.9M in Seed Funding To Grow Its AI Cybersecurity Solution

Posted by Bella Pinera

Aiden Technologies, a leading autonomous endpoint security managed services provider of patch management solutions for Microsoft Windows, has raised $2.9 million in a seed funding round.

Led by Right Side Capital Management and a number of institutional and individual investors, the investment will be dedicated to the use of artificial intelligence to fortify Aiden’s mission in keeping every Windows endpoint updated and secure.…

Forces for Good: American Airlines Raises $1.5M for COVID Relief, Starbucks Awards Neighborhood Grants to 14 Local Nonprofits, and More

Posted by Alex Edwards

From nonprofit funding to project grants to community service work, there’s been no shortage of social impact initiatives in North Texas during COVID-19—and beyond.

We’ve seen a number of corporations, startups, and organizations make moves over the past year to prepare for a post-pandemic future, drive equity and inclusion, boost the burgeoning local startup ecosystem, and more.…

Ready, Set, Innov8:
Teens, Adults Invited To Hack for Pediatric Health Care Quandaries

Posted by Dave Moore

Yo ho, yo ho, a coder/innovator’s life for me.
 – Modified from Disney’s “Peter Pan”

Let’s face it: Coders and other innovators live the life many teens dream about — staying up late, gorging on pizza and Cheesy Poofs, while conniving with besties to obliterate problems.…

Nominate Now: Tech Titans’ Awards Gala to Recognize the Elite in North Texas Technology

Posted by Alex Edwards

“The future’s so bright” for this year’s Tech Titans Awards.

The prestigious annual contest—an anchor event for Tech Titans, the largest technology trade association in Texas with 300-plus member companies—acknowledges outstanding DFW tech companies and individuals who have made local or industry contributions during the past year.…

‘Schitt’s Creek’ Stars Eugene and Sarah Levy Appear in Ad Campaign for Capital One Auto Navigator

Posted by David Seeley

You may know Eugene Levy and his real-life daughter Sarah Levy as stars of the comedy series “Schitt’s Creek,” now streaming on Netflix. But guess what, they’re just like us—they have to buy cars and deal with auto loans too. Now, they’ve teamed up with Capital One to star in a new ad campaign that shows how easy the process can be.

Five Dallas Innovators You Need To Know Right Now—and Why

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, from new startups to big-name corporations. Here are five people you need to know right now, and why they’re important.…

Immersive Van Gogh Opens at Lighthouse Dallas, a New Arts Venue in Downtown’s East Quarter

Posted by David Seeley

Update: The highly anticipated Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit will run from August 7 to October 31. Visit for more information.

You won’t need a secret handshake to get into the Masonic Temple in downtown Dallas. Now restored and renamed as Lighthouse Dallas, the historic East Quarter building has been turned into an arts and culture venue for the city of Dallas.

The Perot Museum Goes Hollywood With Season One of “The Whynauts” Online Kids Series

Posted by Alex Edwards

One kid flies over skyscrapers, then stumbles on a rattlesnake in a box canyon. Another meets a coyote in the Cedar Ridge Preserve and uses a holographic disk to encounter a teeth-gnashing beaver. Every episode of “The Whynauts” brings a fun adventure in science—through the magic of a green screen, digital effects, and VR and AR simulations.

Deloitte University – Still Driving Innovation Amidst the Pandemic

Posted by Deloitte

A lot has happened since we last talked to Deloitte’s dynamic duo of North Texas about Deloitte University (DU) – Dan Berner and Heidi Soltis-Berner. While Dan is the managing partner for North Texas, Heidi is the managing director of Deloitte University and also the US Corporate Real Estate leader.

Innovative Spaces: Fort Worth’s Foundry District is Getting a Bite-Size Version of the Iconic Sweet Tooth Hotel

Posted by Alex Edwards

Published May 19, 2021; Updated June 5, 2021
The Sweet Tooth Motel officially opened on Saturday, June 5. Find tickets for exclusive motel entry and the lobby installation here. The Foundry District also has a new date for its grand opening celebration: Friday, June 18.

The Unstoppables: EY Names 46 Entrepreneur Of The Year Southwest Finalists for 2021

Posted by Quincy Preston

EY revealed 46 finalists for its Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 Southwest Award this week.

The entrepreneurs, who represent a range of industries, have at least one thing in common: EY recognizes them as “audacious business leaders” dedicated to building and growing successful, dynamic companies that can help “catapult us from now to next—and beyond.”…

Innovative Spaces: Space, Place, and Culture in Business

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

In this series, Dallas Innovates goes behind the scenes to take a look at businesses in North Texas driving creativity, culture, and collaboration through their innovative spaces.

innovative spacesThese inspiring places in the Dallas-Fort Worth region break down the walls of tradition.…

DI People: Comerica, Toyota, Signify Health, Varsity Brands Make Moves

Posted by Bella Pinera

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.…

NACD North Texas Names New Chapter Officers and Board Members for 2021–2022

Posted by David Seeley

The NACD North Texas Chapter, the advocate for the profession of directorship, just named a new slate of officers and board members for 2021-2022. It’s quite an impressive list.

Nationally, NACD strives to help more than 21,000 directors lead with confidence in the boardroom—with a goal of strengthening investor trust and public confidences. …