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ICYMI: What’s New and Next in Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation Today

Dr Pepper's annual Tuition Giveaway is now accepting entries—exclusively via TikTok; Top Hispanic professionals in tech awarded by HITEC 100; Regent Properties opens second HQ in Dallas; thredUP makes it officials with $70M, 600,000-sf automated distribution center in Lancaster; Common Desk opens sprawling Energy Square location; Dallas-based Arcis Golf acquires six properties in two months; and more stories from North Texas. Plus, you’ll find our top 10 most popular stories.
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These North Texas Innovators Had ‘The Last Word’

These quotable North Texans inspire, inform, motivate, or simply make us laugh.

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Here Are 10-Plus Opportunities for Dallas Innovators
Browse our curated selection of contests, nominations, pitches, and grants. Our roundup of programs is for entrepreneurs, corporates, creatives, inventors, educators, and social innovators.
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Three Dallas Startups Join Google for Startups’ Black Founders Fund
by | Sep 22, 2021
Fêtefully, Safer Management, Inc. and XR Sports Group received a total of $300,000 in funds as three of 50 founders chosen for the program focused on boosting Black entrepreneurs leading high potential startups.
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OncoNano Expands Research Collaboration With UT Southwestern to Advance New Cancer Therapies

by | Sep 22, 2021
Southlake-based OncoNano Medicine uses pH-sensitive nanoparticle technology to "light up" cancer for real-time surgical imaging. The multi-year collaboration will seek to uncover new cancer therapies that can benefit from OncoNano's technology. OncoNano raised $50 million in Series B financing in June.
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OneStar Foundation Awards Teach For America $650K to Support Texas Programs
by | Sep 21, 2021
The award is designated for Teach For America programs in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio for the upcoming school year. It's part of a larger $21.6 million in federal funding that Texas received from AmeriCorps. OneStar Foundation, the Governor-designated National Service Commission in Texas, administers the AmeriCorps State grant program.
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Aurora Will Test Its Fleet of Self-Driving, Ride-Hailing Toyota Robotaxis in Dallas
by | Sep 21, 2021
The "S-AM" hybrid electric minivans—short for "Sienna Autonomo-MaaS"—will be tested in a six-month pilot program in Dallas, Pittsburgh, the San Francisco Bay areal, and other locations. Aurora intends to deploy the vehicles on ride-hailing networks in late 2024.
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Dallas Invents: 135 Patents Granted for Week of Sept. 7
by | Sep 20, 2021
Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 10 for patents out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: 7-Eleven's sensor mapping to a global coordinate system, Apple's method for supporting antenna beamforming in a cellular network, Intuit's sentiment analysis of conten,Luraco's  body scanning detection for advanced robotic massage chairs, Monarc's projectile delivery system, ShockWatch's impact indicator, and UIPath's scheduling robots for robotic process automation.
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