Impact Ventures

Nonprofit Incubator Impact Ventures Names Director of Programs

by | Nov 21, 2022

India Stewart was recently named director of programs at Dallas-based nonprofit incubator Impact Ventures.

Stewart is a self-described practical idealist, and her research and social impact work focuses on understanding disparities and exploring strategies to increase equitable access to economic, educational, and housing opportunities for all our neighbors and neighborhoods, Impact Ventures said....

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Tech Talk and ‘Meaningful Connections’: 10 Takeaways From Venture Dallas 2022
by | Nov 7, 2022
At last week's Venture Dallas conference, more than 300 VCs, angel investors, startups, and business leaders gathered for a showcase of North Texas' entrepreneurial and venture ecosystem. Here's a look at the highlights—from Troy Aikman saying "There are no shortcuts" to Alto Founder Will Coleman on the power of doing "the opposite" to Mark Cuban's "ready, fire, aim" approach. “Regions like Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth, we’re the model for the rest of the nation on how to get things done," Ross Perot Jr. said at the conference kickoff.
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Venture Dallas Brings ‘the Premier Venture Capital Conference in North Texas’ to George W. Bush Presidential Center this November
by | Oct 4, 2022
Venture Dallas 2022—a full-day conference to be held Nov. 3 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center—will connect investors from all over the U.S with the “best founders in our region” with the goal of sparking “collisions” and “meaningful connections," co-founder Aaron Pierce says. He adds that those could potentially lead to fundings—and successful exits. Here's a look at why the North Texas startup and VC scene is hopping, and what Venture Dallas 2022 could mean for you.
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Fort Worth Founder Aims to Help People Tackle Debt Through Content Creation

by | Apr 21, 2022
Demetrius Curry founded Fort Worth-based College Cash in 2019, giving users a way to pay off their student loan debt by creating content for brands. With a $50 minimum threshold to join a campaign, he says high school students can start the program and earn up to $25,000 by the time they graduate college. Along with investments from Overlooked Ventures, Impact Ventures, and Capital Factory, Curry expects College Cash to close a $1 million seed funding round soon—and he's expanding his solution to cover a number of major forms of debt.
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Follow the Money: D.R. Horton Acquires Public Water Resources Firm, Critical Start Raises $215M, Fort Worth Biotech VC Raises New Funds, and More
by | Apr 15, 2022
What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants and acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money.
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Impact Ventures Raising $20M Dallas Inclusive Capital Fund to Make the Region a Hub for Diverse Entrepreneurs
by | Apr 14, 2022
“Entrepreneurs of color are over-mentored and undercapitalized. While others are saying, ‘Here’s a program or mentorship,’ we’ve been one of the first groups to say, ‘Here’s that, plus capital, to get you there,’” says Benjamin Vann, founder and CEO at Impact Ventures.
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From Dumpling Makers to VR Job‑Trainers, Impact Ventures Welcomes its Newest Startups
by | Apr 4, 2022
Dallas-based nonprofit accelerator Impact Ventures has unveiled the lineup of its latest cohort, made up of nearly 20 companies that span from Nepalese dumpling makers to virtual reality job-training platforms.
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Apply Now: The Dallas Foundation’s Pegasus Prize Includes a $50K Social Innovation Grant

by | Oct 15, 2021
Nonprofits, for-profit organizations with a charitable purpose, and hybrid organizations applying innovative approaches to addressing community needs are eligible.
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Dallas-Based Impact Ventures is Hosting a Virtual Startup Showcase and $50K Pitch Competition This Weekend
by | Jan 27, 2021
On Saturday, 13 tech startups and small businesses led by diverse founders will vie for $50K in a virtual “Shark Tank”-style pitch competition. Three expert-led panels also will cover how to build a million-dollar business in a pandemic, the current and future state of DEI, and capital for underrepresented founders.
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Capital One’s $200M Impact Initiative Partners With Two Local Orgs to Advance Socioeconomic Mobility
by | Oct 7, 2020
Capital One is teaming with Impact Ventures and Paul Quinn College as part of its new nationwide initiative to close support growth in underserved communities and advance socioeconomic mobility.
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Entrepreneurs celebrate a 2019 Impact Ventures' cohort, photographed in the time before COVID. [Photo: Impact Ventures]

Apply to Accelerate: Diversity‑focused Impact Ventures Opens Applications for Fall 2020 Program

by | Sep 15, 2020
Founder and CEO Benjamin Vann says the startup accelerator aims to create more diverse and inclusive ecosystems.
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Denton is Getting a New Startup Incubator Exclusively for Female Entrepreneurs
by | Aug 18, 2020
Launched by TWU and Stoke, the AccelerateHER incubator program reflects Denton's culture with a focus on creative, education, and lifestyle early-stage startups.
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Impact Ventures: Meet TopIt, a Social Platform for Communal Direct-Challenge Competitions
by | Jul 30, 2020
Dallas-based TopIt allows users to create customized challenges based on their interests and hobbies. A user can choose to post their own niche challenge from a variety of categories or join in on an active one.
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Impact Ventures: Meet Red Plum, a Platform That Makes Building WordPress Sites Easier
by | Jul 28, 2020
Dallas-based Red Plum WP Builder makes the open-source content management system easy for designers and marketers so they can get back to making clients happy.
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