Innovator Alert: Apply Now

COMPETITIONS, PITCHES, GRANTS | Browse our curated selection of opportunities for innovators. You'll find the Edison Awards, Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Awards, and the 2019 Technology Playmaker Awards.

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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Applications Accepted for 2019 SXSW Pitch

Startups offering the best of emerging and innovative technology are invited to apply for the 2019 SXSW Pitch and vie for venture capital investments. Entrepreneurs should bring their best elevator pitch and take advantage of media exposure during SXSW from March 9-10 in Austin. Application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 15.

The deadline to apply for the 2019 SXSW Pitch is Nov. 15. [Image: SXSW, on Twitter]


The Edison Awards to Identify Emerging Trends and Market Developments

Since 1987, the annual Edison Best New Product Awards has honored success in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. The competition is open to organizations from around the world, and all “game changing” award winners will have the opportunity to share their stories to a variety of audiences. There is a nomination fee, as well as specific guidelines for entering.

[Edison Awards]


Nominations wanted for the Nationwide 2019 Renewal Awards

The Atlantic and Allstate have teamed up for next year’s Renewal Awards, a nationwide contest created to celebrate social innovation finding solutions to the country’s most pressing issues. Any organizations or individuals driving change in their communities are encouraged to apply for the chance to win $20,000 in funding from Allstate. Nonprofits can be nominated now until the end of November, and finalists will be notified in January.

[The Atlantic]

The Creative Media Awards Now Open for Entries

“Media buying and planning is an art form.” At least, that’s what the Creative Media Awards thinks. As the so-called only awards program that honors the media industry, those that are in media buying, planning, and strategy will have the chance to enter online to later be honored at a special reception on Jan. 31 in New York City.

[Creative Media Awards]

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Calls for Applications to Community Impact Fund Grant

The Community Impact Fund, through United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, to non-profit organizations whose proposed programs align with UniteD Way’s strategies in education, income, and health. The UWMD process identifies organizations that have the greatest impact in helping the community’s goals. The allocation process is open to all nonprofit organizations that meet the criteria, and specific guidelines are available online.


Fast Company Calls for Entries for World Changing Ideas

Fast Company‘s World Changing Ideas Awards recognize innovation that benefits society and the planet, whether it be through products, concepts, companies, policies, or designs. The ideas must have been launched since Jan. 1, and must fit in one of the 16 categories—all judged on impact, design, scalability, and ingenuity. You can apply now online by Nov. 8 for the early rate deadline, with the final deadline on Dec. 7.

[Fast Company]


Apply Now to be Considered for TREC’s Executive Leadership Council Class of 2019

The Executive Leadership Council is a six-month program for upper management commercial real estate executives looking to sharpen their leadership skills and develop personally and professionally. Through round table discussions, guest speakers, group assignments, and personalized executive coaching, members will have the opportunity to improve themselves within a small group of industry peers. To apply, candidates must be TREC members with around 10 years of industry experience. Applications are now open online.

[Photo: via TREC]

DEADLINE: DEC. 22 Opens Nominations for its 2019 Technology Playmaker Awards

Intended to recognize and celebrate women pushing the boundaries of innovation in technology, the annual Technology Playmaker Awards spotlights diverse female talent from across the nation. Winners will be chosen in seven categories, along with an overall winner. Nominations can be submitted online, in any language.



Wildcatters 2019 Now Accepting Applications

Health Wildcatters, the country’s top healthcare accelerator program, is taking applications to the Healthcare Accelerator and Seed Fund. The program aims to turn health-related startup ideas into companies. Applications are due Dec. 31.

[Health Wildcatters]


Nominations Open for the 2019 National Small Business Week Awards

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the achievements of the country’s small businesses, whether it be for their contributions to their local communities, or for benefiting the nation’s economy. Small business owners with an amazing success story to share are encouraged to submit their nominations online for the 2019 awards—but note, all nominations must be mailed or hand-delivered to the nearest SBA Office.

[SBA Awards]


Richard Branson Puts $3M Toward Air Conditioner Overhaul Project

Global Cooling Prize challenges participants to develop green solutions to residential cooling that can help bring safer living conditions to people around the world without warming the planet. Preliminary applications are due June 19, 2019.

[Global Cooling Prize]

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