The Countdown: Dallas Innovates’ 10 Most Popular Stories in November

Take a look back on the stories that grabbed our readers' attention last month.

It’s been a big year so far for North Texas, especially when it comes to innovation.

As we wrapped up October, we decided to reflect on the stories behind the people and places that had been grabbing our readers’ attention. From successful startups (freshbenies), to new funding (Kanarys), to industry leaders (Luminator Technology Group), our most popular stories certainly highlighted what’s new and next in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Here’s a roundup of our top 10 most-read stories on for the month of November.

10. Paul Quinn College Students Participate in Interactive ‘Quinnite Build’ to Ease Digital Divide in Neighborhoods

Capital One mentors help college students develop real-world businesses to bring technology to underserved communities.

Paul Quinn College freshman Ellie McRae gets a high-five after her team won the Quinnite Build at Capital One’s Plano Campus. Her teammates were freshman Kenneth Boston (center) and junior Carnealus Manning (left, purple tie). [Image: Courtesy Ben Torres]

9. A Cloud Solution for Resumes Takes the Top Prize at UTD’s Annual Big Idea Competition

UT Dallas’ largest startup pitch competition allowed six student teams to present their business ideas. See who took home the prize money.

The Comely team pitched a dating/social hybrid for people who believe in-person is the best way to gauge chemistry. Comely instantly suggests safe and public locations with high concentrations of other users based on what the user likes doing, so they never run out of ideas on where to go to meet other singles. [Photo: Courtesy UTD]

8. This Electronics Manufacturer in Plano is Driving the Mass Transit Industry Forward

Luminator Technology Group has a deliberate acquisition strategy that powers its mission of helping transit agencies meet evolving passenger demands. For a company that has nearly a century of experience in transit technologies, Luminator has to embrace emerging trends and implement them in a tangible, beneficial way, its CEO says.

Luminator CEO Kirk Goins says pursuing strategic partnerships is a large piece of the company’s big-picture corporate growth strategy. [Photo: Courtesy Luminator]

7. Kanarys Closes Pre-Seed Funding Round By Raising $1.5M

Co-founders Mandy Price and Star Carter join 50 other black women in the United States who have raised more than $1 million in funding.

kanarys funding

From left: Kanarys co-founders Mandy Price, Star Carter, and Bennie King. [Image: Courtesy Kanarys]

6. Dallas’ Take Command Health Partners With Oscar Health for a New Model of Insurance

In a partnership that’s never been done before, Take Command Health and Oscar Health will allow employers to reimburse their employees for health insurance tax-free.

[Photo: Courtesy Take Command Health]

5. IBM’s EdTech Cities Challenge Grants DISD Students $500K

Students from local P-TECH campuses worked with IBM and AT&T experts last week on ideas that use 5G or AI to solve a community problem. The two winning teams got $250,000 worth of support—and get to watch their idea come to life.

[Photo: Courtesy IBM]

4. Wings of Innovation: Aviation and Aerospace in North Texas Fly to a High-Tech Future

Dallas-Fort Worth has been at the forefront of aviation innovation in manufacturing, airports, and airlines. What’s next? Vertical takeoff air taxis buzzing over North Texas.


Five Dallas-based architecture and design firms—Beck Group, BOKA Powell, Corgan, Gensler, and Humphreys & Partners—are among those that have unveiled their visions for future skyports. This is a design by Beck Group. [Rendering: Beck Group]

3. Dallas Innovates: The [Tech] Talent Issue

Talent is the No. 1 thing on the minds of North Texas leaders. Our special edition magazine dives into how companies, culture, and community are making Dallas-Fort Worth a force for the future.

[Photo: Michael Samples]

2. My Startup Story: How a McKinney Couple Wants to Change the View on Healthcare

Whether someone wants to call a doctor instead of go to an office, email one with specific questions, or simply save money on healthcare, freshbenies works to provide it all through its membership card program.

Freshbenies co-founders Reid and Heidi Rasmussen. [Image: Courtesy freshbenies]

1. Toyota Launches Manufacturing Project Innovation Center at Plano Headquarters

Along with Toyota’s new innovation center, the automotive company is also making some personnel moves as part of its commitment to mobility and improvements.

The new center will be located at Toyota Motor North America’s Plano headquarters. [Image: Courtesy Toyota]

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