The Dallas Business Journal recently reported that a new accelerator and investment hub called the "Blue Star Accelerator" will be launched at The Star, the world headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys located in Frisco, Texas. The Blue Star Accelerator will help early stage businesses in the technology,...

StackPath might be a young company on the Dallas start-up scene, but it has certainly hit the ground running. With over 30,000 customers, and an estimated $4.3 billion in investments from partners and other investors, CEO Lancy Crosby has set the tempo for Dallas start-up...

Peloton, a Dallas-based biotechnology company in its clinical stage that focuses on small molecule cancer therapies, completed a $52.4 million series D round of financing in September of this year. Previous investors include Remeditex LLC, The Column Group, Tichenor Ventures LLC, Topspin Fund LP and Nextech Invest Ltd., and now...

DMagazine recently reported that Fort Worth startup TransVix received a two million dollar vote of confidence from Hunt Technology Ventures. The Dallas-based company is one of the largest private technology investors in North America. The funding is led by David Hunt, the founder and managing partner...

Stackpath, a Dallas based security-as-a-service startup, announced this week that it is emerging from stealth. It has $180 million in funding, along with 4 company acquisitions. These acquisitions bring over 30,000 customers with them- not bad for a service that hasn't officially launched yet. StackPath chair and CEO...

Xclaim is led by Brian Maupin, who serves as CEO, and Joshua Ellinger, who serves as CTO. Xclaim delivers one-click integration of location-based advertising and push notifications into existing ad campaigns. Their solution is able to reach both prospects and customers without additional app development and...

Jackpot Rising, is a Dallas startup founded by William Webb, who grew up in University Park and graduated from SMU. His previous work was in private equity, before launching Jackpot Rising. Recently, the startup gained $3 million in funding from a Dallas venture firm that wished to remain private. Webb...

Sammy Abdullah, Co-manager at DAN Fund, a Dallas venture capital firm, recently penned a post on LinkedIn entitled "Why you shouldn't join an accelerator." Sammy's concern is that the value-add for those with no start-up expertise in need of guidance and mentor-ship has been diminished by...

The two presenters at 1 Million Cups both responded to the question, “What can the community do for you?” the same way. Their response is an important lesson for all entrepreneurs to learn, and one in which Brice McBeth of Standish and Devon Diaz of...

There is a misconception that founders need the help of a fundraising advisor in order to bring in investors.  Hired with the hope of building a meaningful relationship between startup and investor, these advisors make grand promises, but according to Vincent Jacob, they are largely unnecessary. In a...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5Ov7KOVxu0 by Marlene De Bleyker Scrolling through his artwork on stage, Willie Baronet, artist and Southern Methodist University professor, spoke about how being creative will make you happy. He said, “Being creative can be scary because people might judge me, it’s scary and it can be frustrating.” However,...

Based in Dallas' Historic West End, MVPindex is the first comprehensive social media index, measurement, and valuation platform for sports and entertainment with more than 30,000 athletes, entertainers, teams, leagues, and brands ranked across the most popular social platforms. MVPindex’s data and social media insights...

Curious about equity crowdfunding? Check out the Texas Equity Crowdfunding Town Hall next week in Arlington. Thinkcrowdfund.com, in collaboration with the Texas State Securities Board, U.S. Small Business Administration, City of Arlington Public Library, CrowdPay, NextSeed, Lendoor, MassVenture, TruCrowd.com and Comerica Bank, will host its upcoming equity crowdfunding town...

Vinli, Inc., developer of a connected car platform providing applications and services for consumers, developers, and distributors, announced that it has completed a $6.5 million Series A financing led by Samsung Venture Investment Corporation. Cox Automotive, The Westly Group, and Continental also participated in the round. The financing...

KeepTrax, a daily diary and travelogue that automatically keeps track of your activities, announced in a statement last week that it has raised $1 million in seed funding. Formed by a group of accomplished travel, retail, and mobile security executives, KeepTrax leverages a patent-pending technology to help...

Notice I didn’t say two deals every two years. This story takes place  in San Francisco, well-known for how quickly business gets done. But I’m hopeful that the DFW startup and investment community will soon have this type of excitement in our ecosystem. Full disclosure: It was...

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced in May that it is hosting a competition for accelerators and "other entrepreneurial ecosystem models," with the chance to win $50,000.  The panel of judges, according to the SBA, will give particular attention to accelerators that are in geographic areas...

OrderMyGear, the Dallas company that provides a platform for sporting goods dealers to create and manage online stores for team uniform and equipment sales, announced this morning that it has closed $550,000 in funding as well as bring on serial entrepreneur Len Critcher as CEO. Founder Kent McKeaigg will now...

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 the lens of the eye...

Another day another Dallas VC raise. Things are picking up! Entouch Controls provides cloud-based energy management systems to restaurants and retail stores via a SaaS business model and counts chains such as Mooyah Burger amongst their customers. This is yet another signal for the community that there...

Traxo, the Dallas-based company who's system/apps conveniently and intelligently organizes all of your travel, just announced they've closed a $4.2M Series A financing led by Advantage Capital Partners, Silver Creek Ventures, and Thayer Ventures. Traxo was founded in 2009 and the company has recently been picking up...

TiE Texas will soon be hosting their Funding Forum event and applications are currently open for startups to apply to pitch (no fee!). The deadline for submission is September 6th and the event will be held November 19th. Here are the full details: TiE Houston, TiE Austin, & TiE DFW Proudly Present TiE TEXAS...

DALLAS, Apr 25, 2013 -- It's one thing to sell a book. It's another to build passionate communities around the content, providing lucrative channels for new sales and marketing opportunities. Today bookshout! announced $6M in Series B funding to expand its digital book distribution and engagement...

Dallas-based GiftCardLab.com, which allows customers to create and send customizable plastic and e-giftcards, just announced it has raised $3M of debt financing from Cypress Growth Capital. It's the company's third round of funding. Cypress provides what is called royalty financing, where they provide growth capital in...

Koupon Media, the Dallas company that's revolutionizing coupons, just closed their $4.5M Series B funding led by local VC firm Trailblazer Capital. Venture Beat broke the story with an exclusive. The company has now raised more than $6 million to date and continues to grow, having opened...

According to documents recently filed with the SEC, the Anna (far-north Dallas) based company has closed $3,769,000 of a $5MM+ offering. Image Vision Labs provides technology to identify and moderate questionable content across a variety of platforms. According to their website, their "EyeGuardian suite handles a full...

via press release: Dallas, Texas - Rethink Books, a mobile and social digital reading company based in Dallas, TX, has secured a $2.0M Series A financing led by Ambassador Technologies of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The funds will be used to continue to expand their multi-faceted vision...

via press release: DALLAS, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 11/09/11 -- Koupon Media, the creator of a new and innovative platform for delivering digital coupons to consumers via mobile devices, today announced that it has raised $2 million in Series A funding, led by DFJ Mercury, with participation from the Matthew Pritzker...

Dallas-based luxury mens' brand, J. Hilburn, announced it has closed $5 million in new financing led by Bridgescale Partners to expand interactive technologies, product development and its nationwide sales force. J. Hilburn offers custom dress shirts, trousers, "Performance Polos" and the like (even cuff links!), but one...

UNT's New Venture Creation Contest is an opportunity for new, independent student ventures to solicit start-up funds. The competition is hosted by the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship within the College of Business for new ventures created, managed, and owned by UNT students. Up to $50,000 is up...

According to a recent Reg D filing, Fort Worth-based Simpli.fi has raised $2.13 million of a $3 million dollar equity offering. Simpli.fi's business model is based on matching real time ad bids with online marketers. They have several different services to offer. Their basic service allows...

TechCrunch broke the news last week that Southlake-based Corduro has been funded by Google Ventures for an undisclosed amount. According to their website, Corduro provides "Payment solutions for : retail stores, teams & clubs, education costs, property management, mobile solutions, healthcare costs, fraternities & sororities, collections,...

Capital Factory, an Austin-based startup incubator/accelerator/seed-fund, announced their next class today. Included in the list is Dallas-based company, Smackages, described as an online beauty community. I haven't heard of Smackages previously and am still digging for a website and more information. Congrats to them nonetheless! Here is...

After pushing back dates and much curiosity/confusion, the new Dallas seed fund Tech Wildcatters has finally announced its inaugural class. Congratulations to all the companies receiving funding! Mobestream Media Mobestream Media provides consumers a way to manage their loyalty accounts from their phone via our patent pending Key...