Innovator Alert: Apply Now

Browse our curated selection of opportunities for innovators.

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.)

Information, provided by the organizations, is compiled by Dallas Innovates. Things can change: Confirm all deadlines and information with the organizations.

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State Farms Ventures

State Farm Ventures is on the hunt for startups and tech companies with disruptive potential. The goal is to help State Farm better innovate to serve customers now and in the future. Pitching ideas to State Farm Ventures can be done on its public website, which contains information on current investments and the key areas the company is interested in, like senior living, home safety, and drones. “Go beyond the impossible” here.

Opportunities for Artists

Don’t Take Pictures, a photography magazine published in print twice-yearly, has compiled a number of awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies that artists can apply for. Go here and filter by what you’re looking for to check it out. Deadlines vary.

National Academy of Inventors

Initiate with leaders from your field and learn from their experiences by becoming a mentee with the National Academy of Inventors. You can get matched with the best mentor for your interests and gain expert advice on patents and filing, research, strategy, commercialization, and more. Go here to find out how to apply.

EnrichHER Funding

EnrichHER provides affordable and non-dilutive capital to revenue-generating U.S. based women-led businesses. You can apply in less than five minutes and get funding in as little as 48 hours.

Check to see if you qualify here.

Impact Ventures’ Fall 2020 (Remote) Internship Program

The Dallas-based Impact Ventures Accelerator is looking for four Venture Interns (VI’s) to help support its internal operations and participating startups within the accelerator. VI’s will be selected to assist in the functions of Marketing, Venture, Fundraising, and Programs.

VI’s will be responsible for assisting in marketing and event planning, generating and reviewing applications, assisting companies through the selection process, completing start-up due diligence, and delivering high-impact projects on behalf for our portfolio companies. The areas of responsibility for the role are wide and require a passion and desire to learn, get scrappy, and execute by any means necessary. To be successful in this role, you should have more than a basic knowledge of the startup space and interest level in the functions of marketing, venture/finance, management consulting, and/or technology.

Fill out the form and submit a resume here.

Reinventing the Retail Bag

The Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners and CVS, Target, and Walmart want to reinvent the single-use plastic retail bag. The goal is to identify, test, and implement viable design solutions and models that more sustainably serve the purpose of the current retail bag. 

Closed Loop Partners has put out a call-to-action to join the effort. Its founding partners are calling on other retail leaders—from general merchandise to grocery, apparel, pharmacy, home goods and beyond—to get involved.

2020 Luminary Award Nomination

A ‘luminary’ is defined as “a leading light who has achieved success in their chosen field; someone who serves as a positive inspiration or influence to others.” The 2020 Women in Technology Luminary Award recognizes an exceptional woman in the field of information technology who has made a positive impact within her organization and/or the technology community in Dallas. You are invited to identify and nominate women in DFW who are ‘leading lights’ in technology and deserve to be recognized for their contributions and achievements.

NTT DATA’s Open Innovation Contest

NTT DATA’s North American headquarters is in Plano, yet its Open Innovation contests have been held on the West and East Coasts since the contests started in 2014. Many of its entrants were concentrated on those coasts as well.

Enter COVID-19. This year’s contest has gone completely virtual, and NTT DATA is pushing for more entries from the Dallas Region, and other parts of the country.

The contest invites startups to compete in a sort of hackathon, working with NTT DATA and its clients to build data-driven solutions. Yet where most hackathons have one challenge constrained by certain solutions, the contest features 15 to 20 challenges—in areas including smart city, to health care to exponential technology—with virtually any solution entrants can use. Specific challenges for this year’s contest will be released by NTT DATA soon.

To learn more or to enter the NTT DATA Open Innovation Contest 11, click here.


The Innovation Awards

For a second year, Dallas Innovates and D CEO magazine are teaming up to present The Innovation Awards. The program honors companies and leaders—CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and more—driving innovation in North Texas. All nominations must be made online. You can make submissions for individual categories here, and for company categories here.

The editors of D CEO and Dallas Innovates will select the finalists and winners. All finalists will be recognized at an exclusive event in January and featured in the January/February 2021 issue of D CEO and online at Dallas Innovates.


Fujitsu Accelerator

Tokyo-headquartererd Fujitsu, one of the world’s leading IT services providers, is looking for targeted startups that are willing to drive business in the Japanese market. The program is geared toward startups that have an existing product and are early to middle stage.

The accelerator’s goal is to “provide new values to the world.” It will do so by combining innovative tech and products with Fujitsu’s own products and solution services—the accelerator’s program office will facilitate a matching process between startups and Fujitsu Group’s business divisions.

Startups can apply in 15 different categories, from finance and retail to 5G and automation. Each Fujitsu business division will submit its specific needs that could potentially be solved in collaborating with startups.

Go here for more details.


7-Eleven’s Brands with Heart

7-Eleven is putting out a call-to-action for all rising, innovative brands with differentiated products: Now’s the chance to get on the shelves of the “world’s largest convenience retailer.”

Irving-headquartered 7–Eleven, Inc, which calls itself the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry, is looking for brands that have what’s described as the “best, the first, the coolest, one-of-a-kind product.” For its third annual 7-Eleven Brands with Heart event, emerging companies will have the chance to showcase products while engaging with 7-Eleven leaders.

The application is live now and is due Oct. 1. Learn more here.


Better Business Bureau Serving North Central Texas’ Torch Awards for Ethics Competition

Better Business Bureau Serving North Central Texas is now accepting applications for its annual Torch Awards for Ethics Competition. This competition is open to businesses and non-profit organizations in the 29 county service area of BBB|NCTX. Businesses need not be accredited with Better Business Bureau to participate or win.

In addition to online applications, anyone may also nominate a deserving business, in the area around Dallas and Wichita Falls, by emailing a contact name, address, phone and email address for the business to [email protected].

 Winners will be announced at a virtual prize ceremony in early November 2020.


KidsX Accelerator

Over 30 pediatric hospitals including Dallas’ Children’s Health have come together through an accelerator program called KidsX. Startups and innovators from across the nation will be able to collaborate with the 56 hospitals that comprise the group.

The deadline for applications from startups/developers is Oct. 7. Ten successful applicants will be selected before Nov. 26 to then collaborate with pediatric hospitals.

Go here for more details.


EarthX’s Planet911 Youth Film Challenge

Are you a filmmaker 10-22 years old who cares about our planet? This challenge is for you. EarthxFilm and Creative Visions invite you to give the world a Planet911 wake-up call. Tell your story, share your ideas, compete for cash prizes and help showcase an environmental justice solution or ask your elected officials how they will protect our planet.

Tell the story of how you will change the world in 50 seconds or less to compete for $12,000 in cash prizes for you and your school or organization.


Atlanta Venture Conference

This online conference gives viewers a chance to learn about inventive companies, technologies, and investors for the region’s leading venture capital conference through a conversational setting. Comparable to a morning show or Netflix special, the conference will include expert voices in the tech industry, such as founder and CEO of Thrive Global and founder of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, and Co-founder and General Manager of Duo Security, Dug Songs. Companies will be able to pitch their strategies alongside these business moguls to viewers across the globe. Businesses in all stages of growth are welcome to apply.


Eco-Art Competition 

Inspire others to become good stewards of the planet through your artwork, and raise awareness about the environmental issues important to you and move others to take action through EarthX’s Eco-Art Competition. The competition is open to ages 5-22. Artwork can either be 2-D or 3-D using any medium to address the theme: No Time to Waste. An Impact Essay of no more than 300 words is also required. The purpose of this essay is to describe how the artistic representation embodies the theme of the competition. Learn more here.

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