Innovator Alert: Apply Now

Browse our curated selection of opportunities for innovators. Applications are due soon for UTD's Big Idea Competition, The Holmes Report's Innovation SABRE Awards, USICOC's Innovation Technology Competition, LEGO's DFW Master Model Builder Competition, the Tory Burch Foundation's Fellows Program, and more.

North Texas is a big place, with plenty of opportunities. 

So, we’re constantly on the lookout for contests and competitions, award ceremonies, and available grants our innovators can apply for. Keep in mind that application information may change at any time, so check the official websites for the latest details. (And, be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the loop.)

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DEADLINE: OCTOBER 14

Innovation SABRE Awards—North America Call For Entries is Open Now

The Holmes Report launched the Insight + Innovation (In2) SABRE Awards because communications, marketing executives, and their agency partners are expected to deliver more—more channels, more content, more creativity, and more measurement. Our world is so much bigger than it was five years ago, and the Innovation SABRE Awards looks to celebrate this. And in 2020, these awards will take place in Chicago to celebrate North America’s most groundbreaking creativity and innovation. The deadline is October 14—don’t miss your chance to showcase your organization’s best work. More information including entry details, judging info, and deadlines here.


DEADLINE: OCTOBER 18

US-India Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Innovation Technology Competition and Business Plan Presentation Applications are Open

This North Texas-focused competition is geared “to support technology innovation and entrepreneurship among our local students,” according to the USICOC website. Current graduate and undergraduate students in DFW are encouraged to apply if they have a product concept or prototype they would like to continue to develop. This hybrid technology and business competition requires those interested to sign up by October 18.


DEADLINE: OCTOBER 20

The UTD Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hosts its Annual Big Idea Competition

The largest university startup competition in North Texas is back. The BIC brings undergraduate and graduate students together to pitch the most innovative startups and ideas for cash and scholarship awards. Candidates can send in an application through the appropriate category link, then 30 submissions will be selected to pitch in the semi-finals, with the top 5-6 going on to pitch live at the finals.


DEADLINE: OCTOBER 25

Texas Women’s Foundation is Accepting Nominations for Two Awards

This is your chance to recognize the successful women in your life by nominating them for the 2020 Maura Award and the 2020 Young Leader Award. Nominees for the former must be 40 or older and in a leadership role where they help other women succeed, while Young Leader Award nominees must be between the ages of 18 and 39 and have been successful in a field, sector, or initiative. Winners will be honored at a dinner chaired by community leaders next April. Make your nominations by October 25, 2019.


DEADLINE: OCTOBER 28

LEGO Master Model Builder Applications are Open

If you’re still a child at heart, this might be the job for you. LEGOLAND is hosting Brick Factor 2019, a competition that will determine who wins the “LEGO job of a lifetime” as LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas-Fort Worth’s Master Model Builder. If building with plastic bricks is your passion, make sure to sign up by October 28, 2019.


DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1

$150,000 available through the City of Arlington’s 2019 Neighborhood Matching Grant Program

From now through Nov. 1, Arlington neighborhoods can apply to win up to $25,000 for their eligible projects, which could include public art, beautification, landscaping, entrance signs, sidewalks, traffic calming and more.


DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 7

Display your work at Dallas’ Conception Art Show

Calling all visual creators: Conception is a ‘greenhouse’ for creativity that introduces collectors and investors to budding artists. At the Dallas event on Nov. 14, guests can purchase and network directly with artists, ultimately fostering relationships in the arts community.


DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15

Showcase your work at the 23rd annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

The SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards is honoring the past year’s “the most forward-looking achievements in the digital space.” Five finalists from each of the 13 categories will be chosen to demo their projects at the showcase on March 14. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 16. (And, while you’re at it, register to attend SXSW 2020.)


DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 19

Female Founders: Enter to join Tory Burch’s Fellows Program

The Tory Burch Foundation’s Fellows Program is accepting applicants to be one of 50 Fellows participating in the year-long program. It includes a five-day workshop at the Tory Burch Office in New York, a $5,000 grant for business education, and the chance to be selected to pitch to investors and industry leaders.

DEADLINE: CONTINUOUS 

Podfund Accepts Podcast Creator Applications on a Rolling Basis

Podfund seeks to help emerging podcast creators through funding, mentorship, business planning, and more. Every month, Podfund adds to its list of “Podfunded” creators with the selected applicants receiving funding from $25,000 to $50,000. For podcast creators not yet ready to apply for funding, don’t worry—Podfund accepts applications on a rolling basis.

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