Fort Worth is full of innovation and innovators. The Innovate Fort Worth podcast was launched in 2019 to provide a platform for those local innovators to tell their stories and share their latest projects with our community. At the end of each episode the host, Cameron Cushman, asks each guest who their favorite innovator is in Fort Worth. We compiled a list of our guests’ favorite local innovators. Be sure to check out the favorite innovators for episodes 1-21 here.
Favorite Fort Worth Innovator: Energy and Real Estate Innovators
“Fort Worth in an amazing city for business and entrepreneurship. I think you see that particularly in industries like energy and real estate. There are some amazing entrepreneurs who are doing amazing things in those two industries.”
Be sure to check out the Innovator Spotlight blog post for Kevin Henry.
Favorite Fort Worth Innovator: Kari Crowe
“I love what Kari Crowe of Melt Ice Cream is doing. I think she’s been incredible with creativity in the types of ice cream flavors she’s creating and in the way she’s bringing that to market. I’m just really inspired by her and what she is doing.”
Episode 24: Tamara Payne is the founder and CEO of Ensemble, a coworking space that provides a comfy environment while still being professional and encouraging collaboration and discussion for the business community.
Favorite Fort Worth Innovator: Women in business in Fort Worth
“There’s not one person that I can think of. I’m going to put them into a group and its women in business in Fort Worth. I’ve always been a huge proponent for women in business. Over the last several months throughout the pandemic I’ve watched these women business owners collaborate on projects and work together and come up with innovative ideas on how to keep each other afloat and I admire that so much.”
Episode 25: Dr. Vanessa Bouche is the founder of Savhera, an essential oils company that aims to live well and do good by providing employment opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Favorite Fort Worth Innovator: Sherlye Gillihan
“Sherlye at CauseLabs is taking on such an important role in the community to think in terms of what is your business doing to benefit the world. I love the way she’s pushing people to think differently and I applaud her for that and happily march in line right behind her.”
Favorite Fort Worth Innovator: Al Guillem, Jeff Keyser and Elyse Dickerson
“Our colleagues over at Renibus Therapeutics are running a great company. The people there are working on some exciting technology.”
“I got a chance to work with Elyse Dickerson, founder and CEO of Eosera. She rose up through tech Fort Worth and beyond and now has built a nice company that’s developing great products. I love that a lot.”
Favorite Fort Worth Innovator: Cheryle Hays
“I’d say my favorite innovator in Fort Worth has to be Cheryle Hays from Rising Tide. We are a part of her program right now and she has been a tremendous support for us.”
Favorite Fort Worth Innovator: Farhaj Mayan
“There are a lot of amazing innovators and entrepreneurs here but one that stands out and is a personal friend that has helped me quite a bit, Farhaj Mayan. He started an app called Fade which he had a hard time fundraising for so he pivoted to a much larger and faster growing market of cannabis and started Kanna (now called OKO). He’s just an amazing testament to someone whose perseverance can make it happen in the startup world.”
Favorite Fort Worth Innovator: Brad Hunstable
“It’s very fascinating what Brad is doing at Linear Labs. The technology that he’s working on is extremely innovative. I think he’s already put us on the map and his technology is about to revolutionize every industry and other appliance manufacturers that use electric motors. I think since electric motors were invented over a hundred years ago, this is the first major change in technology that I’ve seen. I’m really impressed with him.”