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.)

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M12’s Female Founders Competition

Microsoft’s Venture Fund, M12, is hosting a Female Founders Competition focused on B2B companies. Investors from M12, Mayfield, and Pivotal Ventures will judge the submissions, choosing 20 finalists to pitch their startups at an event in Silicon Valley in March. Investment awards will be given to four winning companies in the form of convertible notes. Apply online, but make sure you fit the eligibility requirements.


2020 Inc. Best Workplaces

These awards were created “to recognize successful businesses that value company culture, offer standout worker benefits, and prioritize employee well-being,” according to the Inc. website. To qualify for the award, the application costs $275, employees then respond to the Quantum Analytics Best Places to Work survey, and the winners are expected to be announced in early May 2020. 


USPTO’s 2020 Patents for Humanity awards

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is looking for “innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges.” Award winners can expect to receive acceleration certificates to expedite select proceedings through the USPTO and will also be publicly recognized for their work. 


Rainforest XPRIZE’s $10M four-year competition

The competition “calls on innovators to create technology capable of identifying and cataloging rainforest biodiversity and developing insights that may lead to a new bioeconomy through standing forests,” reports Pulse 2.0. Over the course of four years, $10 million is expected to be awarded, with up to $500,000 in bonus prizes as well as milestone prizes for the final ten teams.


Podfund’s podcast creators

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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