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Electrifying Funkytown: Linear Labs + Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth finalized an economic incentive package deal with Linear Labs in June that provided a nearly $70 million Research and Development (R&D) grant for the innovative, electric-motor company. This package represented the first use of this R&D tax credit by the City of Fort Worth, a tax credit that is believed to be the first-of-its-kind in the country. But, what is it exactly and why is it important? Here are a few more details on this groundbreaking incentive for investment in innovation in Fort Worth. What is Linear Labs and what makes them special? Founded in 2014...

Innovator Spotlight: Hunter Ferrell of Linux Academy

Hunter Ferrell is the former CFO of Linux Academy (now known as A Cloud Guru), an online platform for training and educating the future of cloud creators. “Clouds” are referred to as a web-based data center that an individual or a business can access, without dealing with physical servers, or work on software on their devices. Think of it as a digital filing cabinet....in the “clouds.” The skills required for working with cloud applications were in high demand for businesses before the pandemic hit and now as more people begin to work remotely, more companies require a virtual space to...

Early Stage Investments in Tarrant County at the Municipal Level

In this blog we're going to take a look at all the early stage investment deals in Tarrant County since 2015, including a breakdown at the individual municipality (town or city) level. While most of our prior data-heavy blog posts have focused on Fort Worth as a city and how it compares to fellow Texas cities, this time around we wanted to look locally, at the greater Fort Worth area: Tarrant County. There are 41 Tarrant County municipalities stretching from Keller, to White Settlement, to Burleson, to Arlington, and everywhere in between. Tarrant County’s estimated 2020 population is 2,139,860, which ranks...

What I Learned This Summer

I will forever be grateful for all the experience I gained, the knowledge I attained, the connections I found, and the memories I made. In honor of my departure, I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned throughout my time the past few months.

Innovator Spotlight: Kari Crowe-Seher of Melt Ice Creams

A new episode of the Innovate Fort Worth podcast dropped last Tuesday with Kari Crowe-Seher, the founder of Melt Ice Creams. Most everyone likes, and dare I say, loves ice cream. Most people would also agree that eating ice cream brings them a certain amount of happiness. Kari Crowe-Seher has used these common sentiments to form the backbone of her business and even took it a step further, creating the mission statement “To serve happy ice cream” to reflect it. I could try to explain just how passionate Kari is about this idea of spreading joy with her product, but it’s more...

10 Things You Should Know About Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship. It's a big, scary word that's impossible to spell correctly. What does it mean? According to the Oxford dictionary, it means “ the activity of setting up a business”, but entrepreneurship, and being an entrepreneur means a lot more than that. Read more to learn about 10 things you should know about entrepreneurship. 1. You need to pursue something you are passionate about. Being an entrepreneur is a lot of hard work. And some days, you’ll want to quit, throw in the towel. That is why it is so important to find something you are passionate about. It will keep you...

Innovator Spotlight: Goran Krndija and Gabe Deale of Gozova

A new episode of the Innovate Fort Worth podcast dropped last Tuesday with guests Goran Krndija, Founder and CEO of Gozova, and Gabe Deale, COO. What is Gozova? Gozova is not your typical hauling and delivery service. Instead of overpaying for a professional moving service or dealing with the hassle of doing it yourself, Gozova provides a simple alternative solution: “A truck when you need it.” Whether you need to put a few items into storage, move from residence to residence, or even deliver a large item from store to home, Gozova has you covered. Simply go to their website or download their...

Texas Startup Indicators: How does Fort Worth Compare?

Over the past few months, we have been compiling data from PitchBook, a proprietary research tool that focuses on early stage investment data, and turning that data into charts that help showcase Fort Worth’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are seven thousand. These charts paint a rather solemn picture of Fort Worth’s current startup landscape, as Cowtown ranks last in all categories when compared to other large Texas cities. Just because Fort Worth is currently lagging behind doesn’t mean we have to stay behind. The real failure would be for the city...