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Dallas smart cities incubator announces first cohort

Innov8te is also establishing Startup City Hall, which will provide senior leaders at the city a dedicated office in which to discuss ideas and solutions with the chosen companies.

Dallas has a burgeoning ecosystem of companies focused on civic innovation
Dallas has a burgeoning ecosystem of companies focused on civic innovation

The Dallas Entrepreneur Centre (DEC) Network has announced the inaugural cohort of companies chosen to join its Innov8te smart cities incubator.


The six-month long programme was launched to help support entrepreneurs and early-stage companies in sectors supporting urban and civic transformation.


Access for senior leaders


A dedicated satellite presence, “Startup City Hall”, will also be housed within the incubator where leadership will be available to interact with companies and discuss ideas and solutions to address challenges facing Dallas.


Founding public, private and academic collaborators of Innov8te include AT&T, Cisco, Microsoft, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Dallas Innovation Alliance.


The six members of its initial cohort are:

  • CityFront has developed a smart cities integration platform for local government. It seeks to solve the integration problem that is inherent in local governments by linking data between siloed systems, thus creating a unified view of the city’s data via one mobile app experience
  • OrgCentral is a web-based system designed to centralise and organise the vast amount of dynamic information and tasks every organisation has to deal with. It integrates a suite of tools that aims to manage public-facing website and staff intranet as well as streamline and automate most business processes
  • Planet Alpha Corporation (PαC) is a greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement infrastructure, GHG pricing, and GHG products company integrating multiple earth, economic, and social transactions to reduce emissions of GHGs. It creates new forest carbon storage products by commercialising and deploying patented technologies and services developed by Planetary Emissions Management Incorporated
  • RedHouse Virtual Education aims to change and develop new media for education by using VR and mixed reality application for Microsoft HoloLens and ViVE device. It reckons that ‘virtual’ education will engage students at a higher level of cognitive education and will advance students by advancing their learning through a “theory of successful intelligence” models
  • Stroll provides patented smart city marketing and analytics technology that seeks to empower cities, tourism boards and merchants to drive and track regional economic development and commerce in near real-time
  • The Virtual Wild is an innovation studio, marketing agency, engineering firm and creative design group that blurs the boundaries between marketing, art, and technology.

“We look forward to bringing our background and experience in helping to accelerate start-ups through education, mentorship, and community to this important initiative,"

said Alyce Alston, CEO, the DEC Network.


By taking a regional approach, the incubator’s mission is to support and highlight the burgeoning DFW ecosystem of companies focused on building products and technologies in sub-sectors including data analytics and visualisation, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, blockchain, augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), and beyond.


The application of these technologies seeks to improve eight areas of civic innovation:

  1. citizen engagement/services
  2. equity/inclusion
  3. infrastructure
  4. governance
  5. mobility
  6. public health/healthcare
  7. public safety
  8. sustainability

Participating start-ups in the six-month programme will receive exclusive access to education, mentorship, networking, programming, products and services, connections to leading corporations and access to capital channels.


Programmes and events open to the larger community will also be offered by the incubator.


“We have appreciated our partnership with the Dallas Innovation Alliance over the past three years,” stated TC Broadnax, city manager for Dallas. “The city’s chief information officer and inaugural chief innovation officer look forward to finding ways to engage with these emerging tech companies as we formulate non-traditional approaches and solutions to the needs of our city and residents.”


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