3 Things We’re Reading: Toyota Announces Partnership With Uber

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TOYOTA INVESTS IN UBER; UTD OFFERING NEW ACADEMIC TRACK; DALLAS RANKS NO. 5 FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS


Every day Dallas Innovates staffers scour websites looking for the most interesting, important, and unusual stories about innovation and creativity. Here are three we thought you’d like:

Toyota, which will soon move its North American headquarters to Plano, announced Tuesday that it had entered in a partnership with Uber. As part of the partnership, Toyota invested an undisclosed amount in the ride-sharing company. Aside from the money, Toyota also said it would be collaborating with Uber to develop in-car apps and offer a vehicle financing program. According to The New York Times, the move falls in line with a growing trend among automakers to keep up with the changing car culture.

Planning to start a software startup? The University of Texas at Dallas now has an academic program for that. The UT Dallas Computer Science Department and the UT Dallas Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are joining forces to offer a Software Launch Track, which aims to attract undergraduate students interested in a future with software-based startups. The program would engage students from their freshman year and culminate in a senior design capstone project that enables students to bring their business ideas to life. Read more about the program from UTD.

Dallas ranks No. 5 on a list of top 30 cities for women entrepreneurs, according to a recent Small Business Trends study of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners. The state’s tax structure, cost of living, available workforce, and city infrastructure were all listed as possible contributing factors to what’s attracting new business owners. According to the study, Dallas has 52,798 female business owners in industries such as media, IT, food manufacturing, and building. See what other cities made the list.

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