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Chad Houser of Dallas-based Café Momentum, a restaurant training platform for juvenile offenders, won the top prize of $50,000 last week as the BBVA Momentum program for social entrepreneurs closed out its inaugural season in the U.S. BBVA Momentum has been operating

Remember when the podcast Serial was all the rage? Well I think this week's podcast pick gives Serial a run for its money. Up and Vanished follows amateur filmmaker, Payne Lindsey, on his journey to reinvestigate a 12-year-old missing persons cold case that is

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the final Dallas New Tech of 2017! Special thanks to event partners Tech In Motion, Workbridge Associates, Vela Wood, Dallas B.R.A.I.N and the Dallas Public Library. Founder Fave Matt Alexander joins us the

For many vendors at the Re-Imagine RedBird Pop-Up Market, the blossoming revitalization and investment in the region, spearheaded by the Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Entrepreneur Center and the Red Bird Mall redevelopment team, is bringing much-needed excitement and interest in

Ready to take your bold ideas to new heights? Run, don't walk, to the World In Flight Hackathon this weekend at The Study in Irving, Texas.The event is FREE; food, swag, and accommodations all be provided at no charge. WHAT: A hackathon dedicated

Every spring, the city of Dallas convenes for Dallas Startup Week, an unforgettable five days of networking, education and innovative programming. The countdown to one of North Texas' biggest startup events has officially begun. Next year's conference will take place April

Raise Your Hand. Say Yes., hosted by Tiffany Han, features "the creative adventures of [extra]ordinary people”. Each Tuesday, the energetic host invites subject matter experts onto her show to speak the honest truth about the struggles and concerns we face

If you’re an avid Launch DFW reader, you know that we’re passionate about creating and supporting our local community. So in keeping with the holiday spirit, we’re bringing back a special annual tradition

Google is the de facto starting point for vetting and exploring products and services. Content quality, visual presentation and consistency are the cornerstones for informing potential clients, building reputation and closing the sale

Genre: Business/Motivational  Guy Raz is the award-winning host, co-creator, and editorial director of NPR’s TED Radio Hour. TED Radio Hour is a hugely popular podcast that covers a variety of topics and stories about people from all walks of life. According

Dallas New Tech is one of DFW’s longest running monthly showcase events for new and exciting companies and technologies. The format is ever evolving. Last summer, we launched (pun intended) a cool, new event segment at Dallas New Tech designed to shine

With so many events taking place across the metroplex, it can be tough to determine what events are right or most convenient for you. We’ve pulled out some of the major startup events taking place across the North Texas region

On Thursday, Dec. 14, from 1-4 p.m., the City of Richardson will host a Smart Gigabit Cities Application Challenge event for app developers from the local high-tech ecosystem. This event, funded by two recent grants from the National Science Foundation’s

With so many events taking place across the metroplex, it can be tough to determine what events are right or most convenient for you. We’ve pulled out some of the major startup events taking place across the North Texas region

Who knew that just outside of the city of Dallas in suburban Richardson major innovation is happening inside the walls of the University of Texas at Dallas? Frankly, I did not realize this university had made such a name for

When it comes to running a successful business these days, entrepreneurs need a formidable mix of grit, ambition, faith, a strong network and technology too. You don't have to be a tech whiz to take your company to the next level,

GoBone Inc., the maker of smart, connected devices for pets and their people, announces that its flagship product, GoBone, the world's first app-enabled smart bone for dogs, has been included on Oprah's Favorite Things List 2017. GoBone. which is already

What does a Rocket, BattleBots, and face painting have in common? Find out this Sunday as Rising Tide brings the community together to celebrate innovation a big way at their free, annual event. WHAT: Rising Tide Initiative, 2017 Celebrating Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Calling all fabulous women who are passionate about Dallas, startups and looking for their next big opportunity. Brazen Global is on the hunt for an Interim Director. Read on for details

At a time when many food businesses are shutting their doors, Haitian-born Valery-Jean Bart's sweet startup is expanding. With a cult-like social media following, a solid growth strategy that now includes two unique locations (an adorable "shack" off of Oak

Health Wildcatters' official Pitch Day has finally arrived! The 2017 class have been hard at work perfecting their pitches, developing their brand and business models, and attracting investors. Check-in begins at 2:30pm and the presentations will start at 3pm. Intermission

"Smaller and Secondary" are the leading themes running through this year's top cities in the latest Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2018, released by PwC US and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) with Seattle taking the top spot this year,

Featured LDFW Contributor: Veleisa Patton Burrell Traxo, a leader in travel intelligence data, recently announced collaborations with three new travel risk management and duty of care providers: Anvil Group, Drum Cussac, and JESI. The partnerships will allow three organizations to utilize

CyrusOne, a global data center high-growth real estate investment trust (REIT), announced today plans for a new state-of-the-art data center campus in Allen, Texas, north of Dallas. The project will consist of three phases, with construction commencing in October. The

It’s no coincidence that one of the country’s hottest startups can be found right here in the Big D. StackPath is on a mission to not only “make the internet safe again” but also support and mentor the early and growth

In two weeks, the uber popular Techweek will descend upon the Big D again for a jam-packed week of content, community and collaboration and Launch DFW is honored to be a part of the festivities. See the full schedule of

VARIDESK, a Dallas-based manufacturer and design firm of height-adjustable standing desk solutions, active office accessories and office furniture systems, has partnered with The Dallas Mavericks and Mark Cuban Companies on a mission to transform traditional offices into truly active workspaces. 

As part of a commitment to the greater Dallas/Fort Worth community, CalcuQuote is sponsoring an after-school program, operated by Dallas-based STEM education company Tech Edventures, at Weatherford Elementary School in Plano, Texas. The program will introduce students to principles of

Dallas New Tech is one of DFW’s longest running monthly showcase events for new and exciting companies and technologies. The format is ever evolving. Over the summer, we launched (pun intended) a cool, new event segment at Dallas New Tech designed to

Clavis Capital Partners, a Dallas-based private equity firm, has invested growth capital in Azimuth Technology, a leading manufacturer of precision components for OEM’s and aftermarket distributors in the firearm and defense industries. Financial terms weren’t announced. Headquartered in Naples, FL, Azimuth

Since 2009, Launch DFW has been on a mission to create, inspire, and support the future of startups and technology in North Texas. During our nearly decade of covering the DFW tech scene, one thing has never changed - it's

Reddy Ice Holdings Inc. and Reddy Ice Corporation have announced the appointment of Deborah Conklin as their new Chief Executive Officer. Conklin was also elected to the Board of Directors of Reddy Ice. Bill Corbin will continue in the role

As one of the fastest growing industries in the world, eSports shows no signs of slowing down. With record-breaking viewership and colossal fan engagement at events, North Texas has begun a massive push to attract eSports industry insiders to the

SAAP Lao Kitchen has discovered the secret recipe for finding and maintaining business success with their popular style of cooking that deliciously pays homage to family, heritage and the love of a very popular treat

lobbyTV, a technology company headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, has announced the launch of a cloud-based digital signage solution that allows any TV to be turned into a digital sign. The company boasts that its platform is the most cost-effective

Up close and personal with the startups that call North Texas home. Featured Startup: ROBOAMP Founder: Roberto Inetti Neighborhood: Rockwall, TX What was the inspiration to start ROBOAMP?  I'm a software engineer. I love to solve problems, design systems, etc. So for me, every time

Governor Abbott's Small Business Forum, sponsored by the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce DFW, is a must-attend for budding entrepreneurs in North Texas. Bringing together the inspiring ideas, best practices, and successful leaders from Texas, and beyond, this year's conference aims to

Digital platform Music Audience Exchange (MAX)  has announced the appointments of Greg Glenday (Shazam) to its Board of Directors, Steve Fullbright as Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Lara Dulaney as VP of Finance. In conjunction with the high-profile additions, MAX has also

Viverae, a leader in workplace wellness technology announces the acquisition of health and wellness company, SimplyWell. The acquisition will expand Viverae's reach, and the company will continue to be rooted in care and focused on addressing, improving, and controlling health

Bar Louie has announced the opening of its newest bar and kitchen at popular new entertainment lifestyle center, Toyota Music Factory, furthering the company's expansion as its 13th location in the state of Texas and its seventh in the Dallas/Fort

In the aftermath of its wake, Hurricane Harvey is being called the most destructive event for vehicles in the nation's history as it has caused a massive demand for close to a million new cars in the Houston area. Approximately 85

Dallas New Tech is one of DFW’s longest running monthly showcase events for new and exciting companies and technologies. The format is ever evolving. Over the summer, we launched (pun intended) a cool, new event segment at Dallas New Tech designed to

Blue Star Sports, the Frisco-based global provider of youth, amateur and professional sports technology, has announced the appointment of Alex Alt as its President and CEO. Alt joins Blue Star Sports from Sabre, where he served as President of Sabre's fast-growing

Power Drop has announced the launch of its state of the art phone charging vending machines inside Frisco's Stonebriar Centre. The machines, which sell single-use, recyclable, phone chargers, are located in very high traffic areas and will be supported by manufacturing partner The-Venders. “The

Fanpage, a Dallas-based startup, whose app allows users to create fanpages and connect with others based on compatibility, has raised $3 million in cash and media promotion and partnered with radio heavyweights Townsquare and iHeartMedia. After months of user testing and

We didn't think it was possible, but the Frisco entrepreneurial community has just gotten even cooler. A new chapter of 1 Million Cups is scheduled to launch on September 13th and Frisco's signature coworking space, LaunchPad City, will serve as the

GetInsured, a market leader in individual health insurance e-commerce, has acquired and its sister brand, Benefit Geek. Since its founding in 2005, GetInsured has helped millions of consumers enroll in health insurance through their very own marketplace and through public

Podcast Pick Of The Week: Second Shot with Chad Prather & Heath Oakes Category: Motivational, Business Chad Prather rose to internet Fandom as the man who’s “Unapologetically Southern.” Heath Oakes is a published author who “failed his way to success.” Together they

The DFW technology scene is growing by leaps and bounds; much of this growth can be directly attributed to the kicka$s people that live, work and play here. And I may be a little biased, but this region's women in tech are

Up close and personal with the startups that call North Texas home. Featured Startup: BLVCK Founder: Eric Townsend Neighborhood: Oak Lawn/ Uptown area What was the inspiration to start BLVCK?  BLVCK started out as a "see a need, fill a need" project. I was talking with some friends

Tech EdVentures, now beginning its fourth year as a resource for young kids to learn engineering and coding skills, just hit a new milestone in the form of a three year agreement with Shelton School in North Dallas to develop

Summer may be coming to an end, but Carolyn Phillips' frozen pops biz, Alchemy Pops, is hotter than ever as she prepares to launch her very first brick-and-mortar shop in one of Fort Worth's up and coming areas, South Main

ABCOMRENTS has acquired SMART Technology Rentals in a strategic move that is expected to support the company's national growth initiatives into the Texas market. As a leading provider of event technology solutions since 1989, ABCOMRENTS strategizes, designs, and implements full-service solutions, with

Dallas New Tech is one of DFW’s longest running monthly showcase events for new and exciting companies and technologies. The format is ever evolving. Over the summer, we launched (pun intended) a cool, new event segment at Dallas New Tech designed to is a free application available through both Google Play for Android and iTunes for Apple devices and gives users the power to solicit the help required in case of an arrest situation. Whether the user needs to contact a

Dallas-based sporting goods company Warstic announces the acquisition of a building at 2900 Main Street with plans to open a hand turned wood baseball bat manufacturing facility, flagship retail location, and headquarters in Dallas' historically cool Deep Ellum neighborhood. The

To celebrate the partnership, ALDI and Instacart are offering customers $20 off their first Instacart order with code ALDIDELIVERY until September 30. ALDI announced a partnership this week with Instacart, the technology-driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service. The pilot program from

VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories has acquired Texas-based Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. The transaction is expected to be completed early in the fourth quarter of this year and VF will pay Williamson-Dickie shareholders approximately $820

Vergent Communications just announced that it has acquired the assets of Opus3 and EllumNet, based in Deep Ellum. "We are excited about the opportunity to leverage the resources of these two dynamic companies. At the top of that list are the

Get Spiffy, Inc., an on-demand car care, technology, and services company, today announced the expansion to Dallas and the addition of over fifty office park partnerships. Spiffy's innovative technology allows clients to schedule, track and pay for car washing and detailing

Dallas New Tech, DFW's longest running monthly showcase event for new technologies and companies, lands in the Dallas Arts District for the first time next month, courtesy of Dallas' newest co-working space, Industrious. On the first Tuesday of every month, Dallas' startup

We all have biases.  Mostly unconscious, without a doubt, but we all have them. But what about those conscious often incorrect thoughts & perceptions about people that are different from us? The Office of Diversity and Outreach at the University of California,

Digility Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mastek UK Limited, announces plans to move its corporate office to  new headquarters at 15601 Dallas Parkway, Suite 250 in Addison, Texas. This move is a significant milestone in the history of the

Today Match Group, Inc. announced the appointment of Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Match Group Americas, to the role of Chief Executive Officer of Match Group, effective January 1, 2018. Ms. Ginsberg will succeed Greg Blatt, who will remain in his

Serendipity Labs Coworking announced today that it will be opening its first location in the Dallas Metroplex this November at KPMG Plaza at HALL Arts in the Dallas Arts District. Renowned entrepreneur Craig Hall, the founder and chairman of HALL

$10 million facility to house 300 cybersecurity professionals to drive innovation, education and operations EY announced today that it will soon open an advanced, multi-million-dollar cybersecurity innovation and operations center in Dallas, Texas. The center will be part of EY wavespace™,

Dallas-Fort Worth makes fastest-growing metros list for software jobs In the past five years, software engineer jobs and other related tech roles have dispersed beyond the hubs of Silicon Valley and the technology industry into a wide variety of industries and

What crazy person would try to launch a world-changing business in 54 hours? Building the next big idea is exactly the premise behind Startup Weekend DFW and we're spilling the beans on this one-of-a-kind event. Startup Weekend is the brainchild of Techstars, a

Embedded within a one-day technology, networking, and tradeshow, the CodeLaunch Startup Expo is a unique startup competition that celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship. It is one of the few accelerators which doesn’t require a minimally viable product (MVP) for an opportunity

Building upon its commitment to the digital community, Texas-based HostGator, an Endurance International Group company, has announced the launch of its latest line of dedicated servers, which are more than four times faster than before, giving customers the ability to

Up close and personal with the startups that call North Texas home. Featured Startup: CruiseBe, 211 N Ervay St #300, Dallas, TX 75201 Founders: Alex Shumaiev, CEO & Marina Shumaiev, CTO What was the inspiration to start CruiseBe? Alex Shumaiev:// I always wanted to

LIFT students Damon Richardson (foreground), and Jesus Santos (center) tested beta versions of the game last spring, providing valuable feedback to Corey Clark, SMU Guildhall Deputy Director for Research (left) and Lisa Hembry, LIFT CEO/president, (right). “Our adult learners face

Scientel Solutions and City of Allen team up to make Allen a smarter place to visit, work, live and play with Internet of Things technology. The City of Allen, Texas has awarded universal system integrator, Scientel Solutions, LLC , a contract

Texas Instruments (TI) today introduced a pair of highly flexible, single-chip buck-boost battery charge controllers for one- to four-cell (1S to 4S) designs. The bq25703A and bq25700A synchronous charge controllers support efficient charging through USB Type-C and other USB ports

Software-Based Smart Policing Technology Aims to Disrupt Marketplace Utility Associates, Inc. announces a significant investment from Dallas-based Hicks Holdings, LLC, to support the expansion of its BodyWorn™ product and position the company for growth within the first responder industry. BodyWorn is

photo credit: Free Press Today marks the Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, an event dedicated to supporting net neutrality in the United States. Advocates of net neutrality believe that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications

Latest Issuance Significantly Strengthens Pinnacle's Exclusivity Protections News provided by Pinnacle Spine Group, LLC DALLAS, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Pinnacle Spine Group, LLC, the pioneer of in-situ graft delivery technology, today announced that the company has been granted a U.S. patent

photo credit:  Siblings Kathy Purser ('81) and Joe Guerra ('96) help run third-generation family tortilla company in Carrollton. The North Texan, UNT Teasdale Latin Foods ("Teasdale"), a leading national provider of private label and branded Hispanic foods to the retail, food

Kim Fewell was a self-taught Pit Master recreationally long before he joined the Dickey's Barbecue family. Although the barbecue enthusiast enjoys the at-home pit-smoking process, what intrigued him about Dickey's was the combination of delicious, authentic barbecue with the ease

Equinox, the high performance lifestyle leader, today announced a significant minority investment from L Catterton, the largest and most global consumer-focused private equity firm in the world. Equinox is a pioneer in the luxury fitness industry and has grown into an

Despite the fact that Hispanics are the fastest-growing demographic group in the U.S., Latinos own less than six percent of franchises in America, according to an International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation report. This segment is growing at a fast pace,

You may be thinking that independent contractors have been around forever so what’s the big deal? One word: Technology. The “Uberization” of Everything Grab your smart phone and get access to billions of people. Download an app and a marketplace of people are

Coding Dojo, a pioneer in the coding bootcamp space, today announced it will host at least 30 Amazon Alexa skills workshops by the end of 2017 based on curriculum created in collaboration with Amazon. During the workshops, Coding Dojo plans

Modern Message, the creator of multifamily resident engagement platform Community Rewards, today announced that it has raised approximately $2 million in Series A funding. The Series A funding round was led by AXA Strategic Ventures (ASV) and comes on the

Amazon and Whole Foods Market, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $13.7 billion, including Whole

Invitae Corporation , one of the fastest growing genetic information companies, has acquired Ommdom Inc., which develops healthcare software, including CancerGene Connect, one of the most efficient, end-to-end platforms available for collecting and managing genetic family histories. The technology behind

Ready to take your business to the next level? Salesforce has you covered with a very cool event that makes a big splash in downtown Dallas next week. Whether your business has two or 200 employees, join Launch DFW and an

20 slides. 5 minutes. One unforgettable night. About seven years ago, I nervously graced the Granada Theater stage as I prepared to present at the very first Ignite Dallas. I would have never guessed that a talk about Ike and Tina

The opening video at Apple’s WWDC2017 Developer Conference last week introduced a chaotic, apocalyptic world where apps no longer existed. In the Apple Apocalypse, access to our beloved apps suddenly vanishes, we revert back to using physical maps for navigation, video

With so many events taking place across the metroplex, it can be tough to determine what events are right or most convenient for you. We’ve pulled out some of the major startup events taking place across the North Texas region

Upventur is an exciting new social start up that has just signed a lease for the final open spot at the Railyard in Denton, next to Stoke's Coworking and Entrepreneur Center, as reported on by Jenna Duncon of the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Recently there was a Blockchain Forum which offered a unique opportunity for an investor panel to offer their thoughts and insights on the topic of Beyond Bitcoin. The panel included Meltem Demirors, from Digital Currency Group, Lowell Ness, managing partner of

Brainspace has announced that their acquisition has closed and is now operating as part of Cyxtera Technologies.  Cyxtera CEO, Manny Medina, was pleased to announce on May 2, 2017, in his first blog as CEO, the successful acquisition and his excitement