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

North Texas has plenty to see, hear, and watch. Here are our editors' picks. Plus, you'll find more selections to "save the date."
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Artificial Intelligence, Psychedelics, and Psychotherapy Working Together to Fight Chronic Pain
Based in Dallas, Cacti leverages technology from fellow DFW company Blackbox Bio to pioneer psychedelic-derived medicines without traditional side effects. This innovative effort, led by the husband-wife team of Kaitlin and David Roberson, includes AI-powered algorithms capable of automatically detecting psychedelic hallucinations in mice.
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From Gridiron to Groundbreaking: How Two High School Football Teammates Are Tackling Affordable Housing in Dallas
In this continuing series on real estate development in Southern Dallas, we introduce you to real estate professionals who are part of Innovan Neighborhood's Community Developers Roundtable. They’re working to bring new life to long-neglected parts of Dallas.   

The New Dallas Landscape, Part 4: Meet Kwame Ellis and Khalid Shabazz, founders of Titan and Associates. 
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Texas A&M System Approves New Tarleton State Biotech Institute in Downtown Fort Worth
by | Sep 1, 2023

Tarleton State University received the go-ahead for a new biotechnology institute as part of Texas A&M-Fort Worth’s burgeoning downtown research campus.

Approved in mid-August by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, the biotech institute is situated in one of the nation’s fastest-growing life sciences hubs....

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Report: Dallas-Fort Worth Has One of the Top 5 Fastest-Growing Economies in the U.S.
by | Oct 19, 2022
“More intense innovative activity leads to higher rates of economic progress," researchers for an international conference noted last year. That's certainly true of Dallas-Fort Worth, which had the No. 5 fastest-growing economy of any U.S. metro this year, according to the American Growth Project. DFW and the other top four metros on the list share a key distinction: They're all hubs for tech and innovation. The report says DFW's attractiveness helps bolster its existing “diversity and strength across industries,” while noting that health care is a “major driver of economic growth” in the region.
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Metroplex Civic & Business Association, Building Partnerships Today for A Better DFW Tomorrow
The MCBA helps businesses and their employees become more connected to their communities, so both they and the region continue to thrive.
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Arlington’s First Rate Launches $25M VC Fund to Boost Seed-Stage Fintech Startups
by | Dec 8, 2021
First Rate Ventures says it's the first fintech-focused venture capital firm in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that will focus on investments in early-stage startups in wealth, investment, regulatory, and mortgage technologies.
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Symposium Highlights North Texas’ Black Tech Talent, Potential

by | May 11, 2021
Nonprofit BUiLT is hosting the event to highlight the success and possibilities of Black tech talent in the region. “There is no talent pipeline problem,” says Peter Beasley, co-founder of the Blacks United in Leading Technology International. “Black tech talent is widely available, especially in North Texas.”
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Dallas Innovates 2021 Thought Leaders: Deloitte
by | Jan 25, 2021
As Deloitte's Kevin Knowles puts it, "Organizations face a choice between returning to a post-COVID world that is simply an enhanced version of yesterday OR building one that is a sustainable version of tomorrow. The risk is more than that of falling behind—it’s the possibility of never catching up at all."
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Gig Wage Raises $2.5M Follow-On to Its Recent $7.5M Series A Round
by | Jan 19, 2021
The latest round brings the Dallas-based fintech's total Series A funding to approximately $10 million, the startup told us. Founder and CEO Craig J. Lewis plans to quadruple his team by the end of 2021.
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Southern Dallas County’s IPTMA Appoints an Executive Director
by | Jan 19, 2021
Laura Freeland will lead the membership organization that works to address transportation issues affecting employers and employees in the Southern Dallas County Inland Port.
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Meet the Future 50: Dallas-Fort Worth Innovators and Disruptors You Need to Know in 2021

These standouts—entrepreneurs, leaders, inventors, creatives, and educators—are disrupting industries, solving challenges, and making Dallas-Fort Worth (and beyond) a better place in a year like no other.
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S.M. Wright Project in South Dallas
Dallas’ First Test Bed for Smart‑City Transit Tech Receives Funding Through $4M Federal Grant
by | Jan 12, 2021
Dallas' S.M. Wright Highway is being rebuilt into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard, complete with advanced smart-traffic capabilities. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant was key in getting the tech added to the highway.
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Empathic School Design Is Creating Healthier, More Resilient Communities
by | Dec 29, 2020
By designing schools that challenge the status quo, HKS is creating a safer, truly inclusive environment for the benefit of learning for all, says Leonardo González Sangri, the firm's director of education.
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