Dallas Innovates’ 10 Most Popular Stories in August

Rising to the top of the list: How the private charitable foundation of Dallas Mavericks Owner and “Shark” Mark Cuban partnered up with tech companies to bring an "AI Bootcamp" to underserved DFW students. Here's our roundup of the Top 10.

Top 10 Dallas Innovates August 2020

In August, stories on education, expansions, exits, and growing companies rose to the top of our list. Here’s a roundup of the most-read stories on dallasinnovates.com.

[Image: Courtesy Mark Cuban Foundation]

1. Mark Cuban Foundation Offers Free AI Bootcamps Through Partnerships with Walmart, Elevate, and Headstorm

In its second year, the initiative brought tech programming to 42 underserved DFW students through three virtual sessions. It plans to host another round of AI Bootcamps in Dallas, El Paso, Omaha, Chicago, and Green Bay later this year.

Illustration courtesy of Robinhood

2. Fast-Growing Trading App Robinhood Invests in Southlake Expansion, Plans Hires

The pioneering broker of free trades says it will hire hundreds of financial representatives in the region this year. On Monday, Robinhood reported some 4.3 million daily average revenue trades in June 2020, according to CNBC.

[Photo illustration: Michael Samples; Source illustration: Who_I_am via iStock]

3. Venture Dallas Announces Month-Long Virtual Experience to Connect Texas Startups and Investors Across the Country

Venture Dallas 2020 is “not your typical virtual conference.” The 34-day event is an experience.  One that will connect companies and investors with a curated networking platform.

Applications are now open to participate.

Photo: Allied BioScience

4. Allied BioScience’s Antimicrobial Surface Coating Becomes First Approved by EPA to Continuously Protect Against COVID-19

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given approval to Allied BioScience for its electrostatic spraying solution, SurfaceWise2. The next-gen coating will give critical protection to Texas-based companies like early partner American Airlines.


Lucas Rodriguez, CerSci [Photo: Skyler Fike]

5. Dallas-based Biotech CerSci Acquired by ACADIA Pharmaceutical in $52.5M Deal

CerSci shareholders could net another $887 million in milestones and tiered royalties.

The clinical-stage startup, which launched in 2015, is developing a new generation of non-opioid meds to treat acute and chronic pain.

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

You’ll find the week’s Deals to Watch, the Top Ten, North Texas “Forces for Good,” Opportunities for Innovators, Top of the News, and more.

7. Kandi Brings the ‘Most Affordable’ Electric Cars in the U.S. to Dallas-Fort Worth

A virtual event will kick off the launch of two models—the K23 and K27. The price tag for its new compact EV starts at about $13,000 after incentives, Garland-based Kandi America says.

8. Education On Trend: Oak Cliff’s Momentous School Launches Bitmoji Classrooms for Virtual Learning

Teachers at the Momentous Institute’s pre-K through fifth-grade laboratory school are creating virtual classrooms complete with Bitmoji avatars to bring life to remote learning. Now two of its teachers have created a playbook for others.

9. Google Picks DFW-Based Kanarys and ShearShare for Inaugural Startups Accelerator

Google has announced a new accelerator program that’s part of a $175 million initiative to support economic opportunities for Black business owners, startup founders, job seekers, and developers.

[Art: Michael Samples]

10. Fast Growth and Reinvention: 158 Dallas-Fort Worth Companies Make This Year’s Inc. 5000

Of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America, the Dallas metro had more included than any other area in Texas. See what local companies made the list.

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