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The DEC’s North Texas Business Pitch Contest Announces Ten Finalists

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We’re so excited to hear about the finalists that were announced for the DEC’s North Texas Business Pitch Contest, sponsored by Comerica Bank. Ten companies were selected, from 126 applicants in the North Texas area. “We have been very impressed with not only the number of companies that applied for the DEC North Texas Business Pitch Contest sponsored by Comerica, but also the quality of those companies,” said Trey Bowles,…

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Applications Now Open for New Pop-up Experiment in Dallas, Unbranded

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This fall, a pop-up retail and event space will be made available to creatives and entrepreneurs in the Dallas area. This is an exciting new initiative from Dallas entrepreneurs Matt Alexander (Need) and Bryan DeLuca (Foot Cardigan). They are opening a free space to a select group of “entrepreneurs, designers, developers, baristas, photographers, and artists for the months of November and December 2014,” as announced in a recent release. “Over the past few years,…

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Kickstart Monday: Pterys, Sunglasses With a Cause

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If you’ve never heard of pterygium, then we’re about to teach you something, dear reader. Pterygium (pronounced terry-gee-um), also known as “Surfer’s Eye”, is a fleshy growth occurring on the whites of the eye and is much more common than people think. 1 out of 4 adults living in tropical regions actually have it! It causes symptoms of irritation, redness, watery-eyes, and can even impair vision if it becomes severe…

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Why We Need to Stop Using the Term “Disrupt”

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We hear it frequently, we bandy about the term casually, and it’s been used so much more often now that there’s a pretty significant event named after it. “Disrupt.” “Disruptive Innovation.” “Disruptive Tech.” I understand it — there’s a need to shake up the way we’re doing things, and we’re trying to find language that’s powerful enough to articulate that kind of movement. Right? WRONG. This is so, so wrong. Perhaps…

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LAUNCH DFW Switchboard Roundup

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If you’ve been living under a rock (or just missed our announcement earlier this summer), you’ll be happy to know that, besides our LAUNCH DFW Job Board, there’s also another great place to post the things that you need or want to offer: The LAUNCH DFW Switchboard. The Switchboard is an awesome tool, giving users a place to “ask for what you need and offer what you have within a trusted…

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Let’s Talk About Diversity in Startups

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To the people who read LAUNCH DFW (yeah, you!): Diversity in startups is a topic often whispered about but never really talked about. So I decided it was time to SCREAM about it. We’re starting a new series. On the last Friday of every month two questions will be posted for you to answer. The following month I will address them and pitch two more questions. The goal is to generate…

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First National Summit on Angel Investing to Be Held in Dallas

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Startup Angels is partnering with UP Global, 500 Startups, and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center for the “first national conversation on startup investing, its impact on innovation, and ways to unleash the potential of millions of new investors” this November. According to the press release, “the goals of the conference are to clearly frame the startup investing landscape, to facilitate conversation among community and industry leaders, and ultimately to enable and…

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Dallas-based Startup, PassbeeMedia, Named Finalist at SVIEF 2014

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Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (SVIEF), a leading venue in high-tech industry field gathering multi-tech and business professionals, selected Dallas-based PassbeeMedia as one of ten finalists in the upcoming SVIEF Startup Contest on September 27. PassbeeMedia is a DFW Excellerator Founding Member Company, and its mobile and loyalty marketing platform “focuses on helping brands, retailers & advertisers maximize their TV/Radio/Print/Digital advertising budgets,” according to a public release from…

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Dallas New Tech Success Story: Blownaway

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Talk about a happy ending! Blownaway, Dallas’s premier on-demand beauty app, secured a six-figure investment from the Angels of Texas after presenting at September’s Dallas New Tech event at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC). Since conception, Blownaway’s been downloaded over 1600 times and funneled over 250 orders, the most common being blowouts. The company recently launched spray tans, which are in high demand as the winter months approach. Currently only operating…

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Parenteen: Ensuring Safe Teen Drivers Through Tech

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When it comes to teen driving, the statistics can be daunting. Just during the first year of receiving their license, teen drivers are 10 times more likely to be involved in a car accident. In the United States, 1 in 4 crash fatalities involve someone 16 to 24 years old (that’s nearly twice as high as other age groups). Local startup, Mavizon, has created an app to address the increasing…