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.

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.


Inc. 5000 Regionals

The Inc. 5000 Regionals recognizes the innovative achievements of companies throughout various regions of the country. Earning your spot amongst the fastest growing companies in America is a tremendous accomplishment, and one of the most esteemed honors a private business leader can receive.

Apply here.


NASA’s Artemis program

NASA is seeking partners on a nonreimbursable (no exchange of funds) basis to tell a story that engages, excites and inspires a worldwide audience with NASA’s Artemis program. NASA will support partners in starting conversations, eliciting emotional connections and inspiring a new generation of explorers.

“All that we build, all that we study, all that we do, prepares us to go back to the Moon and on to Mars,” NASA says. “We are going—and we want to support you in sharing this story with the world.” Go here to apply.

IMCAS World Congress 2021 Innovation Tank

IMCAS is proud to present IMCAS World Congress 2021 Innovation Tank as part of the Global Market Summit. This not to be missed contest is for startups and innovators in the fields of dermatology, plastic surgery, aesthetics, regenerative medicine, cosmeceuticals, and digital services.

The IMCAS Innovation Tank will present the most promising international innovations that will compete for the Innovation of the Year award. It gives you the opportunity to pitch your innovative solutions to investors and to the medical audience. Selected startups will be invited to the congress.

Go here for more.


The 2021 Social Innovation Competition

The Social Innovation Competition’s goal is to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with tangible resources that turn their ideas into a reality in ways that make a positive difference in the world.

Impaction partners with organizations interested in developing competitive funding and mentorship opportunities for students and business professionals in their community. Apply for a chance to win seed money and a spot in Because International’s Pursuit Incubator accelerator program.


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses 

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program for small businesses that links learning to action. Through the program, participants gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing and employee management that can immediately be put into action—for free.

In addition, they receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will help their business recover, pivot and/or grow.

Find out how to:

  • Create and execute a growth plan
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities
  • Understand financial statements
  • Hire, retain and lead employees
  • Negotiate successfully


To date, more than 10,000 business owners have graduated from the program across all 50 states in the US, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. and become part of a national peer network supporting the small business community.

Go here to apply.

Go here to learn more.


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.


Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest

Designed to inspire creativity, the Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest invites kids to imagine their ideal vehicle and put pen (or crayon or paint) to paper. The intent is to spread the idea that “the dreams that you imagine have the power to change your future.”

The contest was first launched in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, and encouraged children from around the world to participate. Since, as many as 6.2 million kids have gotten involved, according to Toyota.

Today, the contest is held on a national and regional basis. Some 90 countries now hold their own rendition with the same rules, but different submission periods. This year marks the tenth annual Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest. It opens today, November 16, and closes January 31, 2021.

Learn more here.

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