Archive for the ‘Impact’ Category

$11.5M NVIDIA Collaboration Will Put SMU ‘in the Fast Lane for Artificial Intelligence’

Posted by David Seeley

Dallas’ Southern Methodist University has a thing for fast computers. It acquired its first high-speed computing cluster from NVIDIA a decade ago, enabling its researchers to analyze data from CERN. That led to SMU’s role in identifying the probability of the Higgs boson—the so-called “God Particle.”

Jorge Baldor, Latino Center for Leadership Development: ‘As an Entrepreneur, My Focus Is More on the End Product’

Posted by Morgan Christian

Jorge Baldor immigrated to the United States from Cuba with his family at age six.

An energetic entrepreneur, Baldor has founded or helped support several organizations aimed at empowering others and developing future leaders, particularly within the local and international Latino community.…

Dallas Mayor Names Pinnacle Group CEO Nina Vaca as Dallas’ First Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Posted by David Seeley

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson hosted a press conference this morning to announce Nina Vaca, CEO of Pinnacle Group, as Dallas’ inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence. In her role, Vaca will provide advice and counsel to the mayor and promote Dallas as an international magnet for innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week Fort Worth Offers Pitch Competition, Investor Forum, UTA Events, and More Nov. 7-12

Posted by David Seeley

Global Entrepreneurship Week Fort Worth kicks off November 7-12 with an opening party, a pitch competition, a State of Entrepreneurship luncheon, and lots more for founders and entrepreneurs to sink their teeth into.

GEW Fort Worth, held in collaboration with The DEC Network, will take place with in-person and virtual speakers, panels, showcases, and networking sessions. …

Cracking the Code:
DFW Alliance of Technology and Women Gathers Hundreds to Inspire Change With ‘Collective Courage’

Posted by Maddie Preston

The DFW Alliance of Technology and Women sent a message last week to hundreds of tech and community leaders: To get more women into tech jobs and world-changing leadership positions requires “collective courage” to drive positive change. DFW*ATW’s 19th Annual Executive Leadership Forum was aimed at cracking that code.

Shanthi Rajaram on Persistence, Determination, and Being “Fearless” as a Female Leader in Tech

Posted by Maddie Preston

The DFW Alliance of Technology and Women held its 19th annual Executive Forum last week, urging attendees to “crack the courage code” and empower women in business. Afterward, DFW*ATW’s president, Shanthi Rajaram, spoke with Dallas Innovates about her takeaways from the event—and how being “comfortable with the unknown” helped her start her own entrepreneurship journey.

Dallas-Fort Worth Ranks No. 3 in the U.S. in Metro-to-Metro Migration

Posted by David Seeley

Dallas-Fort Worth ranks No. 3 in the U.S. in metro-to-metro migration, according to a new CommercialCafe analysis. 

The analysis is based on census data for yearly migration averages from 2015 to 2019. Dallas averaged 39,378 new residents per year, behind only Phoenix (No.…

One Year Later: How Dallas’ Fintech in Action Used $1.7M to Become a Resource for National Black Talent

Posted by Alex Edwards

Last year, while corporations across the country were forming DEI plans and stating missions of inclusion following public outcry over the death of George Floyd, the executives behind Dallas-based Apex Clearing and its parent company, PEAK6, realized they had to do more.

UTA Team Develops Device That Can ‘Read the Blood Through the Skin’

Posted by David Seeley

For patients who require constant monitoring of blood parameters like hemoglobin, the process can be a pain: Needle sticks and blood samples are often required. Noninvasive spectroscopic methods are available, but the results they produce have a high degree of variability.

The DEC Network Awarded $1M Grant from SBA’s Community Navigator Pilot Program

Posted by David Seeley

The DEC Network, a non-profit entrepreneurial hub for North Texas startups, has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of its $100 million Community Navigator Pilot Program. The American Rescue Act initiative aims to reduce barriers that underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs often face in accessing the programs they need to recover, grow, or start their businesses.

Hall Group Begins Work on a $7B Reimagining of Frisco’s Hall Park

Posted by David Seeley

Hall Park in Frisco is already quite an attraction. The 162-acre office park features the renowned Texas Sculpture Garden, tree-lined water features and fountains, an art cafe, three miles of walking and jogging trails, and an event lawn and amphitheater—all right across the street from The Star, Dallas Cowboys headquarters.

Catalyzing ‘Multi-Generational Change in Southeast Dallas’: Partnership between Jubilee Park and Capital One Aims to Revitalize a Community by Helping Families Thrive

Posted by Sandra Engelland

Erica Blanco, a single mom of four, credits Jubilee Park & Community Center with helping her repair her home and giving her the vital financial skills to improve her family’s life.

“Thanks to Jubilee Park and their resources, I have improved my credit score and debt-to-income ratio,” Blanco said.…

CompTIA Partners With Dallas Nonprofit to Help Formerly Incarcerated Women Build Their Futures

Posted by Alex Edwards

The Computing Technology Industry Association, a national trade nonprofit dedicated to the information technology industry that’s been known as CompTIA, is teaming up with Dallas-based Girls Embracing Mothers to support local women in moving on from incarceration.

Together, the nonprofits will provide ten Dallas-area mothers with enhanced education and training that will act as the building blocks of being successful at both work and home.…

MilkSpace, Mama Moore’s Gourmet Popcorn Win Top Prizes at VWEC’s 4BUSINESSRECOVERY Pitch

Posted by David Seeley

Kellie Mumphrey, a Navy veteran and founder and CEO of Garland-based MilkSpace, was the big winner at the Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center 4BUSINESSRECOVERY pitch Wednesday.

Mumphrey’s startup addresses the gap in outdoor breastfeeding amenity solutions. To help nursing moms, MilkSpace provides pop-up canopy “lactation spaces” to outdoor public space operators and event organizers.…

LinkedIn Report: Dallas-Fort Worth Is One of the Top 5 ‘Fastest Growing Cities for Entrepreneurs’

Posted by David Seeley

The pandemic may have slowed down a lot of things, but it hasn’t slowed down entrepreneurs. A LinkedIn News report says COVID-19 kicked off “an entrepreneurial renaissance” for everything from big cities to smaller towns, across a long list industries. One notable trend: Women-founded companies grew the most by gender.

Local Artist Couple Opens Community Art Space in a Century-Old Historic Fort Worth Home

Posted by Alex Edwards

A 100-year-old historic home in Fort Worth has been reinvigorated with purpose thanks to a husband-and-wife duo who want to breathe new life into the community.

This week internationally celebrated artists Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby announced Kinfolk House, a collaborative project space that aims to explore the intersections of life, cultural pursuits, and artistry. …

Dallas Nonprofit Launches ‘Camp Connections Respite’ for Caregivers of Kids and Teens with Disabilities

Posted by David Seeley

Parents of teenagers with intellectual and developmental disabilities often rise to every challenge, offering their kids constant love and support. But like all parents, they can use a break at times—which can be difficult to arrange when your kid has special needs.

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Awards $1M in Health Innovation Technology Prize Funding

Posted by Quincy Preston

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas awarded $1 million in prize funding to the winners of its Health Innovation Technology Challenge at a virtual event on Oct. 19. The five winners range from small tech startups to large, well-established health care networks. 

Richardson Launches New Office of Innovation & Placemaking Initiatives

Posted by David Seeley

The City of Richardson is taking the long view of its future to come—and making an ambitious effort to drive future growth and success. Yesterday the city announced the creation of the Office of Innovation & Placemaking Initiatives, which will manage six priority reinvestment and redevelopment areas.

Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Raises $10M for Historic ‘Rapid Rehousing’ Program

Posted by David Seeley

Thanks to $10 million from 19 major private donors and $62 million from a federal agency allocated by local governments, thousands of homeless people and families will have a safe roof over their heads—and a fresh start at getting their lives back on track.