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Yesterday we wrote about local startup Render winning the 500Hrs competition. What we didn't realize at the time was that another DFW startup came in at the #2 slot! CardSpur combines offers with gift cards to give both consumers and the retailers more

SIVI, the startup behind LaunchLeader, a gamified e-learning platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, announced yesterday that they've raised a financing round of over $340k and closed a partnership with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. “You can't talk about the thriving entrepreneurship community in

via Eventbrite: Tech Wildcatters is hosting an art show in celebration of Edges and Intersections on January 11th, 2014. The event will serve as an exhibition showcase event for both local area Artists and Technology Startups that together, are shaping the canvas in which

Render, a startup founded by University of North Texas students, has won CauseCode's 500Hrs competition. CauseCode, a company that looks to help entrepreneurs bring high-impact ideas to life, recently launched their 500Hrs competition in which early stage startups compete to get

Sometimes innovation comes in relatively low-tech forms, and we celebrate it! After all, who doesn't want completely interchangeable tap handles that not only work on your trusty kegerator, but also your growler. BOOM. Say hello to Switch Taps' recently launched Kickstarter

Local startup, DropShades, has reaped significant success from its sound reactive shades. The initial goal was set for $15,000 on its Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. Backed by over 1500 people, DropShades successfully closed its campaign with over $78,000. These party shades

This is a guest post by Melissa Olsen. Melissa is the marketing director for Morbie.com and its sister sites, and is currently based in Fort Worth with her husband and four kids. Connect with her through Google or Twitter. If you would like to write

This is a guest post written by Clarissa Redwine (@ClarissaRedwine).  Clarissa runs UNT’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization and is organizing TEDxUNT.  She also co-curates Startup Digest Dallas, Startup Weekend Denton, and LittleDOCC. Denton | Hacker Hordes and Entrepreneurs LittleD has always been a

Dialexa will be hosting an event titled The Hardware Startup Revolution to discuss just that with one of the foremost experts in the space. Scott Miller is the CEO and cofounder of Dragon Innovation, a manufacturing services and crowdfunding firm that helps makers go

The following is a guest post by Kenneth Johnson. Kenneth lives in Frisco, is a freshman in college, and is working on his fourth company. If you're interested in writing a guest post for LAUNCH DFW please contact us. My Perspective

Fort Worth-based Encore Vision has just raised a $5M investment round according to an article posted by the DMN's Hanah Cho this morning. Encore Vision (EV) is developing a patented eye drop that treats presbyopia, which is a condition in which

CoFoundersLab, an entrepreneurial matchmaking site recently launched a mobile app to enhance meet-up interaction. The CoFoundersLab platform utilizes a variety of algorithms to match your startup needs with local entrepreneurs who possess complementary skills. With a messaging feature and social profiles,

Members of creative coworking space, Weld, will display their best works of 2013 this Wednesday at The Weld Show. The arts-based collaborative space opened in May 2012. Since then, we've seen a ton of stuff come out of Weld including the

This guest post was written by Linda Nguyen, cofounder of YoBelly, a food/restaurant recommendation app . Linda participated in the first House of Genius event. HoG is a monthly event that brings together "brilliant, diverse groups of people to focus their

Launched on Black Friday, social shopping site Ravesy is finding its niche in the virtual marketplace. Born from founder and local entrepreneur Michael Bielinski, Ravesy takes a new approach to finding trending items for you. Bielinski's other company, ToggleShift, powers Ravesy and

This is a guest post by Ryan Roberts of Roberts Foster LLP covering his thoughts on the recently released SAFE financing documents released by seed accelerator Y Combinator. Roberts Foster LLP is a LAUNCH DFW Community Champion. A Primer on the

Kicking off this evening, 3 startups will present a business problem to a selected panel and discuss solutions at the House of Genius hosted by The Grove. House of Genius is a once-monthly entrepreneurial gathering designed to provide startups with anonymous

As you all know Jenna officially joined LAUNCH DFW not too long ago as our first paid writer after a long stint volunteering her time and efforts. We've been so fortunate to have Jenna on the team. She works hard and

Fort Worth-based Simpli.fi just announced that they've closed a $16M Series B financing led by Frontier Capital. Simpli.fi is an ad-tech company that leverages massive amounts of unstructured data to provide customers with highly targeted marketing solutions. The latest financing will be used

Tech Wildcatters will host a free Christmas party next Thursday, December 19 from 6 to 9 pm at the Tech Church. Special guest speaker Fadi Bishara will lead the Wildcatter signature fireside chat as he shares his experiences of being an

Passbee aims to simplify digital interaction between merchants and customers. Through its API, Passbee Media has created a platform for business owners to create digital coupons or passes for their customers in a four step process. These passes can be limited by

Local tech company Dialexa just announced they are opening an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts near MIT. The company also plans to increase its presence in NYC as well. Here is the full announcement from their blog: Dialexa opens an office in Cambridge,

via Press Release Satori Capital, a private equity firm that partners with companies operating with a sustainable approach, has acquired Ranger Wireless Solutions, a technology-enabled service provider to the wireless telecom industry. Ranger Wireless' patented service connects roaming wireless subscribers to

Secret Happy Hour just launched in the App Store and is set to bring you the best deals from restaurants and bars near you. While there is certainly no shortage of location-based apps that bring you deals, you would be mistaken

Dallas New Tech was a huge success Tuesday night as 6 startups presented to an awesome crowd. Among the presenters was YoBelly, a recently launched app designed to answer the infamous question, "where should we eat?" By answering a few questions in

It's so exciting to see how fast the DFW tech/startup scene is growing right now in all aspects. One indicator of that is how local media outlets are really starting to take notice of the stuff that's going on. I was

Roberts Foster LLP continues its INSIGHTS seminar series next week with an event highlighting IP issues for entrepreneurs. The event, hosted by The Grove, will cover the basics of intellectual property issues that entrepreneurs face as well as some common misconceptions. It's

'Tis the season to be über busy and those holiday decorations aren't going to arrange themselves. However, there is one thing you can check off your to do list with literally the tap of a button: Christmas tree delivery courtesy of your trusty

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center "officially" launched last night and as part of that event released this amazing infographic highlighting why Dallas is a great place for your startup. LAUNCH DFW is proud to be a part of our exploding tech and

This Friday the Dallas-area will enjoy its first TEDxWomen event, to be held at the Winspear Opera House. The event will continue with the TEDWomen's theme of "Invited Here", though of course with a Dallas-style twist. Over 15 speakers, innovators and

When this year wraps up and the Christmas decorations come down, Denton Public Library will host Startup Weekend beginning January 24, which you won't want to miss. Fifty-four hours of collaboration, coaching, coding, feedback, and caffeine all in the name of

Almost every startup raises capital at some point and many startups do it more than once.  At The Dallas Angel Network, I see startups raising capital on a daily basis and for all but the hottest new companies, it’s not

The University of North Texas will present awards to its students who demonstrate an exceptional drive in pursuing their natural innovative inclinations. The Inspiration Awards are intended for all students in any field to come up with an original idea that

We are pleased to announce the next 6 companies to present at Dallas New Tech happening Tuesday December 3rd. Dallas New Tech is a monthly event showcasing some of the most interesting tech companies from around the Dallas - Fort Worth