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ICYMI: What’s New and Next in Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation Today

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

News travels fast, and we’re here to help you keep up.

Every weekday, Dallas Innovates brings you up to date on what you may have missed in the region’s innovation, technology, and impact news. From startup to enterprise, education to invention, and creative to social innovation, here’s our daily mix of what’s new and next in Dallas-Fort Worth.

These North Texas Innovators Had ‘The Last Word’

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These quotable North Texans inspire, inform, motivate, or simply make us laugh.

Have wise words of your own? Let us know.  You can also sign up here to get “The Last Word” in the Dallas Innovates e-newsletter each weekday.


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“We’ve been looking forward to putting these vehicles up against the Dallas and Fort Worth summer heat.”

Twenty Nations Join SC1.5NCE Not SILENCE Campaign to Urge Policy Makers to Adequately Address Climate Change

Posted by Quincy Preston and Alex Edwards

Dallas is a hot place when it comes to climate. Now that’s true in more ways than one, thanks to some Dallas changemakers who are actually doing something about it. 

A special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to inform international climate change negotiations on the impacts of global warming has been blocked at the last two annual UN Climate Change Conferences, COP24 and COP25, says Matt Tranchin, who helms Dallas-based March For Science and the Island Resilience Partnership.

Why We Need to Value Younger, Everyday Philanthropists

Posted by Prisma Garcia

Millennials are more than just about side hair parts and skinny jeans. Instagram and Tik Tok users are finding that you can fundraise for your favorite causes on these platforms. Philanthropy is looking younger. 

A recent Senate bill could change charitable giving by forcing money set aside for charity to be dispersed in a shorter period.…

Smart City: Irving Wins ‘What Works Cities’ Silver Certification

Posted by David Seeley

The City of Irving has won silver certification from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities—the national standard of well-managed cities recognizing the most effective use of data to inform policy and funding decisions.

smart citiesThe honor comes in a year that’s tested the mettle of municipalities nationwide.…

Meet the Entrepreneurs Who Took Home Funding at Impact Ventures’ Startup Showcase

Posted by Alex Edwards

Impact Ventures is a Dallas-based startup accelerator that’s best known for empowering women and communities of color by creating more diverse and inclusive ecosystems. To do so, the nonprofit boosts underestimated entrepreneurs through its cohort programs and tech career pathways. It also hosts a bi-annual flagship event that offers access to capital for founders who are often overlooked: The Startup Showcase.

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Here Are 15-Plus Opportunities for Dallas Innovators

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

North Texas is a big place, with plenty of opportunities. 

So, we’re constantly on the lookout for contests and competitions, recognition programs, and available grants innovators can apply for. Keep in mind that application information may change at any time, so check the official websites for the latest details.…

Calendar: Not-to-Miss Events for Innovators in Dallas-Fort Worth

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

North Texas has plenty to see, hear, and watch. 

But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, things to do are a little different. We’ve rounded up a few events and activities for innovators so you can stay involved from the comfort of your home or six feet away.

Is Your Pet Family? SMU Sociologist Says “Multispecies Families” Impact Birth Rates, Job Location, Disasters, and More

Posted by David Seeley

Your labradoodle may look fluffy and innocent. But that fur baby may be transforming life as we know it—affecting America’s birth rate, job location choices, disaster evacuations, and more.

You know you do it. You let your cat steal the covers.…

Texas Bar Foundation Awards Dallas Nonprofit POETIC $10K to Expand Its Reach

Posted by Bella Pinera

The Texas Bar Foundation, the nation’s largest charitably funded bar organization, has distributed more than $22 million in grants. Now it’s awarded $10,000 to POETIC, a Dallas-based nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the lives of vulnerable youth, to continue supporting the organization’s trauma therapy program.

SMU Professor Gets $315K Grant To Create New Disaster Evacuation Models

Posted by David Seeley and Alex Edwards

Hurricanes don’t happen in a vacuum. They crash into everyday life, wrecking cities and flooding whole regions with killer destructive force. Catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina raise big questions: Why weren’t we prepared? Why did so many have to die or be left stranded without critical supplies?

Snack Strong: Frito-Lay’s New $5M Doritos Campaign Is Amplifying the Voices of Black Founders and Creators

Posted by Bella Pinera

Last year, Doritos launched its #AmplifyBlackVoices initiative to take meaningful action and push for real change when it comes to social equity. To further this mission, Doritos—a brand from Plano-based Frito-Lay—is now launching SOLID BLACK to share stories of Black joy, strength, and resilience. 

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Honors 105 North Texas Graduates

Posted by Alex Edwards

Amid a challenging economy, 105 Dallas area small business owners have a reason to celebrate.

This month, a group of locals graduated from Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses, a leading education program that offers support services and critical capital access to growth-oriented entrepreneurs.…

Dallas’ Big Thought Receives $2.5M in Donations from MacKenzie Scott, Dan Jewett, Rainwater Charitable Foundation

Posted by Bella Pinera

Dallas-based Big Thought, which is dedicated to educating and motivating the city’s youth, has received $2.5 million in new donations: $1 million from the Rainwater Charitable Foundation in Fort Worth and $1.5 million from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett.

Big Thought is consistently working to motivate Dallas kids to build their creative muscles, create their authentic voice, and develop social and emotional skills. …

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Is Named the Recipient of the $10M Lone Star Prize

Posted by Bella Pinera

Lyda Hill Philanthropies and Lever for Change have selected the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and its “Lone Star Depression Challenge” as the recipient of the $10 million Lone Star Prize, a Texas-based competition launched in early 2020 to improve the lives of Texans and their communities.

‘Checkmate’ on Highway Congestion? Planning Agency, NASA Team Up To Introduce Airborne Drones, Taxis To Relieve DFW Traffic Jams

Posted by Dave Moore

When learning the game of chess, students are often thrilled with the knowledge that the knight — and only the knight — can jump over other pieces to move around the board.

Experts in North Texas are now working a traffic “knight” — vehicles capable of literally leaping over conventional traffic — into their long-term transportation plans.…

Plano-Based Fair Shot Network Launches Out of Stealth To Put U.S. Software Developers to Work—Affordably

Posted by Quincy Preston

The Fair Shot Network wants businesses to know they don’t have to go offshore to find affordable, talented software developers—they’re available right here in the U.S., and ready to get to work. 

The Plano-based startup announced today that it’s emerging out of stealth to launch an on-demand freelancer network, where businesses of all sizes from any industry can hire American talent to work on software development projects.…

DRC Launches COVID Vaccine Awareness Campaign (Free Cowboys Tickets, Anyone?)

Posted by David Seeley

If you haven’t had your COVID-19 vaccine yet, the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) would like a word with you. Lots of words in fact—on billboards, a microsite, and targeted social media. The DRC’s multimedia vaccine awareness campaign “Take Care of Business” launched today—encouraging 600,000 more North Texans to get vaccinated in the coming months.

HSC Awarded CPRIT Grant To Increase Diversity in Cancer Researchers

Posted by Alex Edwards

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awarded a $3.9 million grant to The University of North Texas Health Science Center (HSC) in Fort Worth to expand a program that aims to create more diversity in the medical and biomedical sciences fields.

Texas Women’s Foundation Teams Up With Lyda Hill Philanthropies To Distribute More Than $630K To Nonprofits

Posted by Alex Edwards

Two female-focused, Dallas-based organizations have partnered to boost STEM engagement in young women across the country: Thanks to a gift from Lyda Hill Philanthropies, Texas Women’s Foundation has awarded $638,844 in grant funding to 29 Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofits to increase the usage of the IF/THEN Collection.