Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.

Silicone Arts Laboratories, a medical product company and alum of the Health Wildcatters accelerator program, just announced the closing of their Series A Round with $1.5 Million, with Tennessee-based investor Innova as the round’s largest investor. “The company’s traction and growth to date

Calling all innovators! Whether you're an artist, developer, scientist or entrepreneur, if you think outside of the box you're invited to connect with a community of like-minded creatives this Wednesday at the House of Blues Foundation Room from 6:00 - 9:00

With the amount of time that we spend on social networks, wouldn't it be refreshing to know that some of that time could spent towards giving to others? This is the mission behind Sharitabl, a social network that passes ad revenue

Well, we do it big here in Texas, as always. The U.S. Census Bureau issued its population trends report this month, and the state of Texas has seen a ton of growth. Three of the 10 fastest-growing cities of 100,000 or more population

On Tuesday, April 7, SMU will host the 4th annual Social Innovation Forum. The forum aims to inspire discussion around social innovation and enterprise with SMU students, faculty and staff, but is also an opportunity for Dallas startups to connect SMU students

As if you needed ANOTHER reason to rave about Dallas. Amazon.com, Inc. announced today that Prime Now has expanded to our fair city. “We know Dallas members are going to love the convenience of one-hour delivery through Prime Now,” said Dave Clark,

One of the most trying -- yet important -- parts of growing a company is forming your team. Contributing writer Alison Battiste walked us through some of the logistics behind establishing your company and who you might partner with in her article earlier this

The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon is coming to Dallas this May! Originating in Silicon Valley, the hackathon aims to bring together "professionals from all parts of the built environment with technology developers and designers to create applications that affect how

Apologies in advance for the alliteration in the title of this article, but I must say -- the new DART streetcars are that inspiring. DART and the City of Dallas unveiled their new version of the streetcar on Monday, three weeks

The Paychex|IHS Small Business Jobs Index grew 0.19 percent last month to 100.84. "Advancing for the second consecutive month, small business employment regained the steam lost during the fall and early winter and is again growing near the same pace recorded at

Genesis10, a national IT services firm with dozens of offices across North America, is establishing its newest delivery center on Mockingbird here in Dallas. The Dallas delivery center is the sixth to be added as the company expands across the U.S. The Dallas center plans

The Code for the Kingdom hackathon is underway this weekend at the Addison Treehouse, and while a local hackathon isn't usually a source of controversy, this particular event has been a topic of debate in our community. The event kicked off Friday,

HedgeChatter, Tech Wildcatters alum and local fintech startup, announced yesterday the launch of their next web platform, allowing users access to real-time sentiment analysis of the stock market. "Eight years ago no one believed Twitter would become the driving force of

The numbers are in! Mondo, a tech and digital marketing resourcing provider, just released its list of the top in-demand technology jobs for 2015. "We're seeing an emphasis on security and analytics jobs, as systems become more complex," said Vik Nath, Regional

This year, downtown Dallas will be the home to one of the US Patent and Trademark Office's satellite offices. "In an era where our stakeholders’ businesses are rapidly evolving and the intellectual property (IP) landscape is constantly adapting to new and emergent

North Texas startup Orb Health announced today that the company completed a $650,000 round of seed funding. Orb Health is a recent graduate of the Health Wildcatters accelerator program, and we had the pleasure of watching their pitch back in November

If you're in the Alto 211 building downtown, you might be lucky enough to run into Molly Cain. And despite her height (she still has me beat), you'll pick up on her determination and energy, probably right away. It's infectious, actually,

San Diego-based startup 2pointb has chosen Dallas as the first launch city for its transportation app. “We’re thrilled to launch in Dallas and show our customers how great app-based transportation can be when done right," states Josh Komenda, principal and CEO of 2pointb,

The film industry is a billion dollar behemoth, and for independent filmmakers, the costs around debuting their work can be daunting. A local company in the Dallas area is working on changing how movies are released, by making them available through

It's always exciting to hear when local companies are working together, especially when it comes to our beloved sports teams. The Dallas Mavericks announced recently that they'll be partnering with Tixsee, a tech company here in Dallas that specializes in development

Growing your startup? Need help? What if you could hire a motivated and eager intern to get things moving -- and in turn, provide that intern with an experience that will look great on their resume? The Student Startup Internship Fair is

Today, Caviar begins delivery to customers in Dallas. Now we can order breakfast, lunch, and dinner from our favorite local restaurants -- and get them delivered RIGHT TO OUR DOOR. (Now I'll NEVER leave my house.) Caviar was founded in 2012 and

Over a year ago, I met Bradley Joyce, founder of LAUNCH DFW, at The Grove coworking space in the West End. I was trying to get my consulting business off the ground, and had spent a lot of time at home

That 250 miles between here and Houston just got a little more fancy. Vonlane announced the addition of Houston as a destination for their travelers earlier this week, making business trips down south an overall more luxurious experience. Leave the lines and cramped

Today, Tech Wildcatters (TW) announced their launch of EMERGE powered by Tech Wildcatters. This is the third accelerator program created by TW. Emerge is driven by a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). "This partnership derives

Lauren Zeien came to Dallas in January 2014 with a handful of contacts and plans to make a big splash. Lauren hails from the north -- Minnesota, to be exact. She was at Loyola for her Bachelors, and spent time in

We had a great turnout and presentations for March's Dallas New Tech event last week -- despite the freezing rain, our startup community came out to support our monthly showcase event. Our next Dallas New Tech event is April 7 at

Dallas Startup Week has been the first ever five day celebration dedicated to our startup community. Tech companies, corporations, hackers, marketers, and entrepreneurs have been downtown these past few days, learning about and connecting over the can-do spirit that makes Dallas

Glass-Media, Inc. and Mixed Media Creations announced their strategic partnership yesterday in a public release. The two Dallas-based businesses have aligned to deliver multi-family housing properties tools for marketing their communities with the Glass-Media solution: cloud-based, on-demand, in-store and storefront projection-based marketing. “Through this

Startup Week is underway, and we're excited to hear that there's a new model of business incubator in town. Welcome GeniusDen, whose overall mission is "to grow startup entrepreneurs as leaders through developing systems and recruiting valuable people to positively shape the

ATTENTION ALL PARTY PEOPLE! If you're headed to SXSW next week, we're excited to announce the Dallas Drops the Mic event -- a happy hour celebrating our Dallas startup community at SXSW in Austin. Shout out to REVTECH, Rise, Softlayer, Startup Lawyer, Tech Wildcatters, and The

  After weeks of teasers and hints, Tech Wildcatters finally announced its newest class today. Companies accepted into the Tech Wildcatters 12-week accelerator program receive funding and a program which includes education, mentoring, and networking. The program finishes off with Pitch Day, which gives the startups the

DFW Excellerator, the "first cross-border incubator and accelerator in North Texas that supports programs from start-up to late stage technology ventures," has been incubating the KidStarter project for the last year. KidStarter has been hosting instructor-led classes since early 2014 - within 10

Our startup community is absolutely thriving, and I don't know about YOU GUYS, but with Dallas Startup Week just days away, we're going to see even more energy and momentum -- just hang on for the ride. We're super thrilled to

DriverUp is the first online marketplace for automotive financing, and their launch was announced earlier this week. DriverUp gives accredited investors the opportunity to "enter the $379 billion auto lending industry and provide dealers with an expedited, streamlined credit process," according to the

Despite the less-than-enjoyable weather this week, dozens of investors, entrepreneurs, and startup enthusiasts met in Addison for the Collide Village Accelerator Program's (CVAP) Pitch Day on Tuesday, February 24. The four month accelerator consisted of six teams, all from the DFW area,

Lantern Pharma, Inc. announced today that their pharmaceutical company has secured an investment of nearly $1 million from Green Park & Golf Ventures (GPG) and other private investors. A 2014 Health Wildcatters graduate, Lantern Pharma has developed a platform with diagnostics

Celebrate International Women's Day and Women's History Month at the Grove, starting in March. The Grove will be "leading local efforts this year to highlight social change driven women entrepreneurs within the North Texas region," according to a recent release. The West

Next week is Dallas Startup Week, and the schedule is just FULL of awesome events. Including City Fair, which will be a 4 hour event on Thursday, March 5 of Dallas Startup Week. What is City Fair? "It's your chance to tell everyone

Health Wildcatters announced yesterday that early applications for their 2015 class will open THIS Friday, February 27. The announcement comes as our community prepares for Dallas Startup Week, which starts next Monday, March 2. “We’re excited to open early applications in conjunction

At our Holiday Dallas New Tech, we had the pleasure of seeing Tiffany Ricks present on the Gurrate app. Gurrate is a mobile app for travelers to sell empty seats in their car share, ride share or taxi, "like StubHub.com, but for travelers

The app design process is now a hell of a lot easier, thanks to the latest product from Velocis. UI Magnets are a brilliant and simple way of "capturing your app design ideas and working through the early ideation process," and

After 4 months of intense work, the Collide Village Accelerator Program (CVAP) will culminate in its Pitch Day next Tuesday, February 24. The CVAP is a milestone driven startup accelerator, housed out of the Addison Treehouse. Over the course of these past four months,

In just a couple of weeks, RealTech and Dallas Startup Week are joining forces. We're sure you've seen the banners downtown and tweets online -- March 2-6 is Dallas Startup Week. RealTech will be at Common Desk that Monday to kick off the real

Virgin America just announced new flights from Dallas to Austin, starting this April. In fall 2014, Virgin America moved from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to DAL and launched new, nonstop daily flights. With the addition of the DAL-AUS flights, the

Tech Wildcatters will be hosting the 2nd annual Edges and Interactions show this Friday in their space in downtown Dallas. "Since our inaugural art party last year, we have expanded our permanent collection in our new home at 211 North Ervay,"

The venture accelerator and seed fund formerly known as VentureSpur announced its rebrand to REVTECH Accelerator just recently, in a public release. “Our mission is to facilitate the technological evolution of the restaurant and retail industry," said David Matthews, REVTECH's Managing

With so many options for consuming entertainment, information, and resources, it can be hard to keep up with your favorite TV shows or books. The SUMMARY app hopes to change that. "No more hunting for information, no more web diving

Venture capital firm, DAN Fund, LLC, announced a $50,000 investment in Need, the Dallas-based startup that launched in November 2013. "We're thrilled to being doing this here in Dallas," Kevin Vela, DAN Fund board member. "Need is a strong investment, and

If you've ever hosted an event, you know how difficult it can be to collect photos from your special occasions. Or if you're attending an event, discovering that you're required to use a hashtag customized for the occasion, and finding ways to

Now that 2015 is officially official and underway, we're getting ready for more events and lots of ways to get our startup community connected. Obviously that means a good happy hour, right? We hope you're able to join us at one

Dallas-based micro-venture fund, Aristos Ventures, announced their investment in JamKazam late last week. Aristos Ventures invests in highly capital-efficient tech companies in Texas in need of early capital. JamKazam is headquartered in Austin, and has developed a live music platform and social network for musicians. The

The Texas Central High-Speed Railway (TCR) announced two candidate sites for its high speed rail system in Dallas yesterday in a public release.  One of the candidate sites is in the South Side on Lamar area, and includes the 10-20 acres of

Get ready for Dallas Startup Week. If you haven't yet heard, Dallas Startup Week, powered by Chase, will be March 2-6, and we're counting down the days with excitement. Fueled by UP Global, Dallas Startup Week is "built by the community, for the

Postmates, a "revolutionary urban logistics & on-demand delivery platform," just launched in Dallas this week. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, but announced on Tuesday that their delivery services are now live in Dallas and Houston. Their Dallas office is housed in

Hopefully you made it out to Dallas New Tech earlier this week -- we were so grateful to have Tech Wildcatters open their space to us, and had an amazing group of presenters showcasing their products. It was so great to

Kids in Touch, a "training wheels for texting" app, announced their launch in the app store today. Kids in Touch allows children to connect with their friends and family through the app, "while giving their parents the tools necessary to protect and teach

If you hadn't already heard, a huge perk has been made available to our Dallas startup community, via the efforts of the Dallas Startup Community Transportation Association (DSCTA). Thanks to a partnership with Dallas Area Rapid Transportation DART, the DSCTA was

If you hadn't heard, LAUNCH DFW's headquarters are now downtown, on the corner of Elm and Ervay. While we love the energy down here, anyone will tell you -- parking has always been a huge factor in getting around the

If you're a sports fan, you might want to pay attention to Dallas-based tech startup, YourSportscast. They've been a part of the Collide Village Accelerator program at the Addison Treehouse over the last three months, and will be launching their new product during

Hack DFW is Dallas' first ever major student hackathon, and will be hosted at The Women's Museum at Fair Park over the weekend of February 28-March 1. Yesterday, Hack DFW announced that Dallas entrepreneur and tech enthusiast, Mark Cuban, will be

Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! Ubidock will recharge phones with the launch of their hand-held phone charging system across 15 DFW Chili’s restaurants on February 1. We had the opportunity to chat with Ubidock last year, and are looking

Rise Technology, LLC today announced availability of its Membership Air Travel Information System for use by Rise members. The proprietary application allows Rise members to log in, create a profile, and book flights in less than a minute. "Membership air travel

Just yesterday, we published our interview with Matt Alexander, founder and CEO of Need, and his recent accomplishments here in Dallas. We're excited to hear about the newest project from the Need team: Foremost. Foremost is a small-batch, Dallas-made clothing brand and interview series, and

Writing about Matt Alexander is, I'll admit, a little intimidating. He's a solid writer himself, having kept several blogs over the years -- one that reached a readership of 1.5 million unique visitors per month. He started that blog when he was 11, by

"We all do our best to steer clear of health threats. But what about the threats that we can't see?" Amulet Corporation has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its Scarab product. Scarab is a wearable device and app that collects data

Expedia, Inc. and Sabre Corporation announced the acquisition of Southlake-based Travelocity from Sabre Corporation for $280 million in cash. “Travelocity is one of the most recognized travel brands in North America, offering thousands of travel destinations to more than 20 million travelers

If you missed Glass Media at our Holiday Dallas New Tech, not to worry -- you're going to see them around town. This month their technology will launch in over 30 locations around Dallas. Glass Media is an on-demand, dynamic projection and

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center was founded in 2013, and since then they've been creating opportunities for North Texas entrepreneurs to connect with their community and build their businesses. The DEC's Ambassador Program provides similar opportunities, along with the benefit of volunteering

Tech Wildcatters announced the first 10 members of its new Corporate Innovation Network today in an official release. "These corporations were chosen based on their commitment to innovation through collaboration with the startup community," Gabriella Draney, CEO and cofounder of Tech

2015 is going to be chock full of fantastic programs and perks for our North Texas startup family, and we're excited to announce the latest from LAUNCH DFW: the LAUNCH DFW Membership Program.  Membership with LAUNCH DFW means more opportunities to

Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that he's looking to build out test tracks for his Hyperloop project, potentially in the great state of Texas. He unveiled the plans for Hyperloop back in August of 2013, after the California high-speed rail was approved. "

We're sure you've noticed it, or at least heard: downtown Dallas has seen a surge of activity in the last year. We're thrilled to hear that the artists and entrepreneurs of our community will be collaborating to bring the 10Under30 Art Exhibition

Now that we've all decided on what our New Year's resolutions are going to be, maybe it's worth thinking about the technology that can help keep us dedicated to those goals. With the surge in wearable technology over the last few

In August of last year, I had the opportunity to talk with Jena Draper, founder of Navvie, a local EdTech startup. Navvie is an educational content platform, "bringing schools and consumers an on-demand learning solution." Today, Navvie announced the official launch of their

If you missed last week's Startup Happy Hour at Common Desk, we're sorry. If it's any kind of consolation, however, LAUNCH DFW is super excited about hanging out with everyone again soon, so we have a few more events planned in

Last week, Pew Research posted the findings from their social media platform survey that they fielded back in September of 2014. It's not entirely surprising that there's been an increase of some kind across the major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter,

Our startup game here in North Texas is strong, and Addison Treehouse is ensuring that we're making that experience available to entrepreneurs of all ages. This spring, the Treehouse will launch a pilot version of their Youth Mentorship Program. North Texas

Five health services entrepreneurs will be selected from four countries -- Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru -- to receive in-depth training and mentoring resources at TECH Fort Worth this February.  “The entrepreneurs who will be coming to Fort Worth for this training

We hope you were able to make it out to last night's Dallas New Tech. We packed the 8th floor gallery at Alto 211, hosted by Fort Work, and were so excited to see all of the new faces there. You'll

In case you missed it, LAUNCH DFW founder, Bradley Joyce, had the chance to chat with Cynthia Nevels at Disrupt Radio yesterday. Cynthia met Bradley at an event at (where else?) 211 North Ervay, where LAUNCH DFW is now officially located

The FAB Now Conference is coming to Fort Worth this month! The FAB Now conference "will bring together the many aspects of making and maker spaces, host interactive exhibits and provide networking opportunities with makers who will be showcasing their making

Downtown Denton will have free wifi access in 2015! "Currently, the area East of Bell on Hickory is complete and accessible," Kevin Roden, Denton City Council member, stated yesterday on his blog. "The next step is to get the courthouse area

We hope you've had time to recuperate from 2014 -- get ready to start this year off right! Next week we have several events for the community planned, and we hope you're able to join us! DALLAS NEW TECH Dallas New Tech will be

If you're like me, you've maybe thought about some resolutions for 2015, but you never really put them down on paper or announce them to the world. In fact, the idea of setting a goal for the year seems ridiculous

2014 was a banner year for North Texas startups. If you weren't able to attend the State of Entrepreneurship event that the DEC hosted earlier this month, there's a spectacular website with a TON of stats, links, and insights to catch you

In 2012, Forbes named the Tech Wildcatters program one of the 10 hottest startup incubators, and earlier this year, TechCrunch named the program as one of the 15 best accelerators in the U.S.  Companies accepted into the TW program receive funding and 12

Earlier this year, Flurry Analytics released a report on mobile app usage since 2013, noting that, of the time spent on a mobile device, 86% of the average US mobile consumer’s time was spent on apps. "The data tells a clear story that apps,

Did you know that LAUNCH DFW has a Switchboard community? Yep, we sure do. The Switchboard is a great place to share whatever it is you're needing -- interns, cofounders, employment with a kickass startup. Here are some highlights from our community! Familiar

The Addison Treehouse and LAUNCH DFW are proud to host a happy hour in January for the North Texas entrepreneurial community. The event will be hosted by Whole Foods in Addison on Wednesday, January 7. And if you shop at Whole Foods that

Next year, the city of Dallas will have its first major student-organized hackathon. Over the last weekend in February, students from our fabulous local colleges and universities will be teaming up to build new technologies. The gates will open on Saturday, February

There are a good number of dating apps out there, and if you're single and looking it can be quite overwhelming. College roommates, Andrew Weatherby and Sean Caldwell, knew they'd always wanted to work together on some kind of business, and

Aristos Ventures' invested an undisclosed amount in a Series B round of funding for cloud computing software company, Nimbix. "They're killing it," Felipe Mendoza, managing director of Aristos, told Dallas Business Journal in a recent interview. He met Nimbix in 2011

Health Wildcatters Alum, INRFOOD, was named one of the 10 Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship I.T. and Web companies at the 12th annual I.T. and Web Venture Forum in Houston last week. Information Technology and Web companies showcased their ideas

Dallas coworking and studio space, WELD, is pleased to announce The WELD Show, this Thursday, December 18th at 7:00PM. The event is shaping up to be quite impressive, and has been guest curated by Sabine Meyer, former Director of Photography for National