6 social innovation entities you didn’t know had a Dallas presence

As the Dallas entrepreneurial community continues to grow, so does its social innovation community.

By Danielle Abril, Dallas Business Journal (source)

Southern Methodist University hosted its Social Innovation Forum on Tuesday featuring some of the largest well-known organizations in the social innovation space in Dallas. This included organizations like United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ GroundFloor accelerator program and companies like Mary Kay Cosmetics, which is pushing corporate social responsibility.

Here are six social innovation companies you might not have known have a presence in Dallas.

Hari Mari– Jeremy and Lila Stewart founded the Dallas-based company in 2012. The company created comfortable, colorful flip-flops and donates $3 from every pair sold to kids battle cancer. The company based its headquarters just east of downtown Dallas.

Social Impact Architects– The company, founded by Suzanne Smith, offers services for organizations including nonprofits, foundations, government and socially minded businesses. The goal of the company is to maximize organizations’ revenues and impact.

Social Venture Partners Dallas– The company comprises community leaders to invest in innovative solutions to community social challenges. The company is lead by CEO Tony Fleo. The Dallas branch is part of a global network that spans from the U.S. to India to London and Tokyo.

Roma Boots– Romania native Samuel Bistrian, formerly a national sales director for Neiman Marcus, was inspired by TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie who he met at Neiman Marcus in 2009. In 2010, he founded Roma Boots, a Dallas-based company that donates a pair of boots to children in need for every pair sold.

Warby ParkerNeil Blumenthal, Dave Gilboa, Andy Hunt and Jeff Raider founded the company to create affordable prescription eyewear. The company, led by CEO Gilboa, also partners with nonprofits to donate a pair of glasses to people in need for every pair sold. The company is based in New York but has a Dallas office off Henderson.

Texas Competes– Dallas resident and managing director Jessica Shortall runs the statewide business coalition that aims communicate the message that the Texas business community’s economy would benefit from an inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, families, customers and tourists. It’s board includes former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, former Dell CFO Tom Meredith, and Capital Factory Managing Director Mellie Price.