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24 Opportunities for North Texas Innovators

You'll find deadlines coming up for grants, accelerators, recognition programs, and contests. You'll also discover opportunities available on a rolling basis.

North Texas is a big place with plenty of opportunities. Here’s a curated roundup of contests and competitions; accelerator and recognition programs; and resource and grant opportunities for North Texas innovators. 

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Dallas County UAS/Robotics Innovation Demo Day

Dallas County, along with the North Texas Innovation Alliance, is seeking to incorporate UAS/robotics technology into its day-to-day operations and services and has released a “call for innovation.” UAS/robotics tech vendors are invited to participate in a demo day on June 26 to introduce use cases to Dallas County departments. The county is interested in a range of UAS uses, including parking lot surveillance, illegal dumping detection, warehouse delivery or inventory management, inter-office delivery, and more. Participating vendors are agreeing to present a no-cost demo of their tech at the event. Selected vendors will receive a formal invitation to present their solution at Dallas County’s demo day.

Go here to learn more.


Proud Innovation

This free virtual event at 2 p.m. CDT is from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is part of the Proud Innovation series. Hear about funding opportunities and information on how to grow your business from LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs and small business owners. Learn about applying for funding and discover resources to assist you in growing your business. A second virtual event on June 21 will focus on learning from leaders in the LGBTQIA+ community on building connections to foster growth.

Learn more and register here.

Jobber Grants

The Jobber grant program is inviting home service professionals of all types to apply for one of 25 grants, with amounts ranging from $2,500 to $15,000. The initiative, totaling $150,000 in grants, is designed to spotlight the excellent work performed in small home service businesses. The grants will be distributed across categories that include Home Service Heroes, Career Builders, Smooth Operators, and Community Caretakers. The “phase one” application process, which is open until June 8, is simple and should take approximately five minutes to complete, the group notes. The recipients of the grants are slated to be announced in August 2023.

For details and to apply, go here.


EBay Up & Running Grants

The eBay Up & Running Grants program is set to award 50 eBay business sellers with $10,000 grant packages, comprising cash, eBay training, and additional resources. This year, eBay has enhanced the package with an extra stipend of up to $500 for each recipient, intended for the purchase of refurbished office equipment, technology, and tools from eBay to facilitate their business operations. The application deadline is June 9, 2023, at 6 p.m. ET, with the review process commencing post-deadline. The plan is to announce the successful recipients in late September.

For details and to apply, go here.


2024 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Design

The Vilcek Foundation is set to award three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise, each valued at $50,000, to young immigrant designers who have shown remarkable early success in design. The foundation says the contest is an opportunity for these designers to reflect on how their immigration experience has shaped their success.
                Categories include:

  • Digital design: experience design, game design, information design/data visualization, interaction design, software design, systems design, etc.
  • Graphic design: branding, communication design, identity, packaging design, etc.
  • Product design: furniture design, industrial design, lighting design, materials design, transportation design, etc.
  • Social design: ecological design, equitable design, inclusive design, service design, sustainable design, etc.

 Eligible applicants must have been born outside the United States to non-American parents, be no older than 38, and have at least five years of professional experience in design, backed by a robust portfolio of creative, high-quality work. The winners will each receive an “unrestricted cash prize” of $50,000, an endorsement from industry leaders, and a comprehensive PR campaign to promote their work. Deadline is Monday, June 12, 2023, 5:00 pm ET.

For details and to apply, go here.


GLOW Canalside Celebration

The Las Colinas Association is seeking artists who have pieces using light, sound, fire, and water to shine at night for their GLOW Canalside Celebration Oct. 20-21.

Learn more here.


Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business Cohort

Got a small food business in Dallas? Apply for Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business Cohort. The 12-week (fully virtual) program is completely FREE to food entrepreneurs and provides you with industry-specific education, networks, and mentoring, along with the opportunity to apply for capital grants for your business. It’s like a mini-MBA for food businesses. The program is fully funded by Santander Bank. Got questions? Attend an online information session at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, or 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7.

Go here to learn more.


Apply to speak at June 20 Health Supernova

The free Health Supernova, presented by UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center, on June 20 at Pegasus Park in Dallas is a two-day event dedicated to innovation in the health and biotech ecosystem. Apply to be a speaker or participate in a panel discussion: Learn more and request to speak here.


Deloitte Technology Fast 500

Apply for the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 to be recognized as one of the most innovative, fastest-growing technology companies in North America. Categories include technology, media and telecom; life sciences and health care; automotive, consumer products and distribution, transportation, hospitality and services; fintech; energy, resources and industrials; and government and public services.

Learn more here.


Visa Everywhere Initiative

Visa’s Everywhere Initiative is set to stimulate global startup growth at the upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt event in September, offering a total prize pool of $70,000. This international competition brings together regional winners, including North America’s top contender, to compete for a major $50,000 award. Further incentives include an additional $10,000 for the audience favorite, and a similar sum for the Visa Direct victor. The competition aims to drive innovation and nurture entrepreneurial success, positioning promising startups at the heart of the global tech ecosystem. The North American deadline is Monday, June 26, 2023.

For details and to apply, go here.


The Dallas100™

For 33 years, the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business and the Dallas100™ sponsors have celebrated the innovative spirit, determination, and business savvy of area entrepreneurs. To be considered, companies must be headquartered in the Dallas area, have sales of more than $500,000 but less than $100 million in the fiscal year 2020, show sales growth over a three-year period, and have a credit report and character satisfactory to the Dallas100™. There is no cost to apply.

Go here to learn more.

Fresh Start Business Grant

Incfile’s Fresh Start Business Grant offers entrepreneurs a $2,500 grant to assist with startup costs, in addition to complimentary business formation services from the business consultant firm, which itself started as a small business. The next deadline for grants will be September 30, according to the company.

For details and to apply, go here.


America’s Top Small Business Awards

The newly reimagined U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognizes the best in American small business in its America’s Top Small Business Awards. Formerly known as the Dream Big Awards, they will honor the achievements of small businesses and highlight their contributions to America’s economic growth. It’s a chance to win a $25,000 cash prize. Businesses must have fewer than 250 employees or annual gross revenues under $20 million.

For details and to apply, go here.


Founders First Texas Job Creators Quest Grant and Accelerator

The Texas Job Creators Quest Grant offers $100,000 in grants which will be awarded to 25 businesses in Texas. All grant recipients will receive a scholarship to a Founders First Accelerator program. Grant money can be used as growth capital to hire or rehire premium wage jobs. Cash infusion can be used to purchase, fix or enhance equipment necessary to help manage growth challenges and scale for the future. To be eligible, the founder must identify as Asian, Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Military Veteran, Woman, or be in a low to moderate income area, be located in Texas, be a for-profit business with annual revenues between $100K and $3M, have a current staff of two or more, and have the ability to add one or more new premium wage jobs in the next 12 months.

Go here to learn more.


Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs (Tech Hubs)

The U.S. Department of Commerce is launching a Tech Hubs program, with $500M in funding available to groups of organizations (consortia) that work together to advance emerging technologies and “supercharge ecosystems of innovation for technologies that are essential to our economic and national security,” according to the DOC. Consortia must include a diverse range of entities (think universities, nonprofits, private companies, federal labs, unions, and more) to qualify.

Applicants should identify their chosen geography as part of their application. Consortia may include assets or members outside their chosen geography—e.g., in nonmetro rural areas or partnerships with geographically distant but tightly mission-aligned organizations—that support the consortium’s strategy and benefit the Tech Hub.

Learn more here.


2023 Tech Transfer Office Showcase

Academic institutions with technologies available for licensing, collaboration and/or acquisition can pitch their IP to an audience to industry leaders and investors at BioNTX’s 2023 iC3 Life Science Summit on Sept. 29. Applications open on June 15. Eligible candidates are in early-stage development, have promising intellectual property, and share non-confidential information only.

Learn more here.


Mark Cuban Foundation AI Bootcamp

The Mark Cuban Foundation is hosting a free AI Bootcamp in Addison hosted by UT Dallas for high school students this fall.  The UT Dallas AI Bootcamp will be held over four consecutive Saturdays starting Oct. 14 and ending on Nov. 4, the foundation said. Each session will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. If accepted, high school students must commit to attending all four sessions. No prior computer science knowledge is required. Students will learn about artificial intelligence and how it is used and receive mentoring and instruction from computer professionals. Students will work with open-source tools to build their own AI applications related to Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Generative AI.

Apply here.


USPTO’s Patents for Humanity Green Energy Award

Got an invention that addresses climate change through green energy technologies? Apply for the new Patents for Humanity Green Energy Award. Inventions could include applications for wind, solar. green hydrogen, hydropower, geothermal, and biofuel technologies. Winners receive public recognition and a certificate for the accelerated processing of one eligible matter. Winners also may transfer their acceleration certificate to a third party for consideration. The deadline was extended to Sept. 15 from the original deadline of June 1.

Go here to learn more.


Fresh Start Business Grant

Incfile’s Fresh Start Business Grant offers entrepreneurs a $2,500 grant to assist with startup costs, in addition to complimentary business formation services from the business consultant firm, which itself started as a small business.

For details and to apply, go here.


Point, Focus, Shoot: Texas State Parks Photo Contest Launches in Honor of 100-Year Celebration

Get your cameras ready! Texas State Parks has launched a photo contest to celebrate its 100-year birthday. With the opportunity to win passes, H-E-B gift cards, and an exclusive experience, the contest kicked off with a theme of New Year, New Adventure in January and will have a new theme each season. Texas Parks and Wildlife wants folks to capture beautiful moments with family and friends as they explore all that Texas’ incredible parks have to offer—from watching sunsets and catching fish, to hiking and camping. Four seasonal winners will receive prizes and a grand winner will get the ultimate VIP-curated park experience after voting begins in December. 

Entries must be uploaded to the “Texas State Parks Photo Contest” contest page, or tagged on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #TexasStateParks and #TexasParks100, between January 1, 2023, and November 27, 2023, (11:59 PM CST).

For specific rules, regulations, and more information about the centennial celebration, go here.


Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is offering a new program to expedite technologies that prevent cancer and cancer mortality, in support of President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot. Patent applications pertaining to qualifying technologies will be advanced and reviewed earlier than the usual process to help reach the goal of reducing the cancer mortality rate by at least 50% within 25 years.

*The special status will be offered until January 31, 2025, or the date by which the USPTO accepts a total of 1,000 grantable petitions (whichever comes first).

Go here for the official notice.


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Cohort

Owners of small businesses can receive 12 weeks of training for business growth, network with other business advisors and leaders, and find sources of capital in this free program.

Learn more about the program here.

Patagonia Corporate Grant Program

Patagonia’s corporate grant program provides nonprofit startups focused on environmental protection with grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. Patagonia’s has a commitment to support the environment and help foster organizations that aim to make a positive environmental impact.

For details, go here.

The IQ Brew

Apply to present at the biweekly IQ Brew, held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month (except for November and December). The event is a networking and educational series featuring presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses and subject-matter experts. Priority is given to businesses located in Richardson.

Go here to learn more.

HSC SBIR Program

This program, operated through the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, was created to help the owners of local forward-thinking small businesses apply for federal funds through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, collectively known as America’s Seed Fund. In December, HSC received a $2 million grant from Tarrant County to fund the program. To be eligible, companies must be in Tarrant County, have no more than 500 employees, be U.S. owned and operated, feature innovations and R&D with plans to commercialize. A new cohort begins each month through November 2024.

Learn more here.

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Incubator Academy

Southern Glazer’s is seeking diverse- and women-owned brands in wine, spirits, CBC, and non-alcoholic beverages to participate in its new Incubator Academy, a virtual platform providing e-learning modules on critical topics such as creating a sales pitch and the fundamentals of on and off premise math. The Incubator Academy is the latest program to support the commercial success of diverse- and women-owned brands.

Go here to learn more.

Texas Travel Industry Recovery (TTIR) Grant Program

This program was established to give one-time reimbursement grants of up to $20,000 for Texas businesses negatively impacted due to COVID-19. A new application category is opening in the TTIR program for transportation-related businesses, including car rentals, sightseeing transportation, charter buses, passenger boat transportation, and air transportation. Previous categories may qualify for additional funding, such as arts, entertainment and recreation businesses, lodging, travel agencies, food service places, and more. 

Learn more here

Shelfies 2023

Startup CPG is giving awards to the best products in a variety of categories. This year, the organization is accepting product samples by category in a designated month. March: all health and beauty products (nothing consumable); April: All beverages, baby products, pet products, sweeteners, household, supplements; May: bars, sweet and salty snacks, baking mixes, flours, nut butters, pasta, canned goods, desserts; June: frozen, dips, seasoning and oils, sauce and condiments, plant-based alternatives, soups, entrees and breakfast.

Go here to learn more.

The DEC Network and Bank 7 Small Business Grant Program

Got a small business in Southern Dallas County? You may be eligible for The DEC Network and Bank 7’s Small Business Grant Program. Grants are intended for small businesses (under $1 MM) in Southern Dallas County, established before 2019, and have three or more employees. Grants of $2,500 to $5,000 will be awarded.

Go here for the application or email [email protected] for more information.

ARPA-H Seeking Health Breakthroughs

ARPA-H, the U.S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, is looking to support revolutionary solutions to today’s health issues through their Program Managers project. If you have a game-changing health idea, you can apply to become an ARPA-H Program Manager. Well-defined problems and clear expertise will help an applicant move to the pitch stage. After pitching your program idea to potential future ARPA-H colleagues, you could be chosen to become a Program Manager. Selected Program Managers will serve a term-limited appointment of three to six years to ensure a constant rotation of new ideas and diverse perspectives.

Go here to learn more. 

StartupOS Platform 

StartupOS just launched its platform for early-stage startups that provides free access to the business tools, guidance, mentors, and investors that founders need to accelerate the growth of their company and raise capital. The platform, which empowers founders through a series of learn-by-doing exercises, is perfect for validating ideas, building an MVP (minimally viable product), or achieving product market fit, all to increase the probability of a startup’s long-term success.

Go here to learn more.

Accelerate Fort Worth Foundation Small Business Grants

Got a small business in Tarrant County? Apply for the Accelerate Fort Worth Foundation’s Small Business Accessibility Grant program. The Accelerate Fort Worth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurs in the greater Fort Worth area with resources they need to develop, launch and grow their businesses. To be eligible for the program, an applicant must be an owner or employee of a Tarrant County small business that has been in operation less than 5 years and has sales under $250,000. Applications will be accepted online until funds are exhausted. Up to $500 is awarded per applicant, with individual businesses capped at $2,000 per year from the date of application.

For more information, go here.

Historic Tax Credit Program

The renovation of a historic building that will be used for a business or other income-producing purpose can recieve a federal tax credit up to 20% of the qualifying expenses of the rehabilitation. To qualify, a “substantial” amount must be spent rehabilitating the historic building, which needs to be certified as a historic structure by the National Park Service. The tax incentives program is administered by the National Park Service (NPS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs). SHPOs serve as the first point of contact for property owners.

Go here to learn more.

U.S. DOT’s SBIR Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation offers over $10 million annually in contracts to U.S. small businesses to research and develop innovative solutions to transportation challenges. Participating small businesses have developed innovative technologies with help from SBIR, also called America’s Seed Fund.

Go here to learn more.

Dallas Small Business Diversity Fund

BCL of Texas is launching the Dallas Small Business Diversity Fund with a $1 million investment from Comerica Bank. The fund targets Dallas County women- and minority-owned businesses that have been operating for at least two years. The fund will offer loans ranging from $10,000 to $75,000. To qualify, the business should have 2 to 50 employees and a business net worth of $60,000 or more.

To learn more, go here.

URBAN-X Mini Impact Program

Mini, the company behind the iconic vehicle, is offering URBAN-X, a three week virtual program followed one week on location at URBAN-X in New York City. The program is open to entrepreneurs with ideas to improve city life. Participants will get support from a team of experts in early-stage ventures and will connect with industry mentors and a community of fellow entrepreneurs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and the next cohort begins Nov. 14.

Go here to learn more.

CPRIT Funds for cancer-fighting research, programs and startups

CPRIT—an investor in startups and early-stage companies—has unveiled four new requests for applications for product development research grants for the 2023 fiscal year. CPRIT, which stands for Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas has funded more than $3 billion for cancer-fighting research, therapeutics, devices, and tools since 2010. This current round of funding is available to Texas-based companies for research in several categories, including therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, and technologies.

Go here to learn more.

NPower Tech Fundamentals: Free Virtual Training

This virtual program, with cohorts in fall and spring, aims to help young adults, 18 to 26, and military veterans and their spouses in the Dallas area, along with several other cities, launch careers in IT. This free 16-week training will offer opportunities for paid internships or project-based learning experiences while earning industry-recognized certifications. Participants will learn the basics of programming and IT-related skills and receive mentoring from senior IT professionals, employment readiness workshops, job placement assistance, and more.

Go here to learn more.

Cultivate Small Business mentors

Impact Ventures in partnership with Santander Bank, N.A. is bringing a food-centric Cultivate Small Business Program to Dallas-Fort Worth. This mini-MBA program targets food and food-adjacent businesses and comes with grants for qualifying business. Impact Ventures is looking for seasoned mentors and experts to help support entrepreneurs in the program, which starts in September.

To learn more, go here.

a16z START program

If you have an idea for a new technology company, the a16z START program from andreesen.horowitz offers a seed fund with partner investors helping entrepreneurs in their journeys. They help those who just have ideas and haven’t yet started to those who are scaling a new product. The a16z START program invests up to $1 million for a percentage of ownership in your company. Founders receive support, access to a network of debt financiers and help from a community of go-to-market pros.

For more information, go here.

Black Women & Black Non-Binary Founders Grant

These grants of $5,000 and $10,000 from SoGal and their partner organizations go to Black women and Black non-binary founders. Awardees will also receive tactical help navigating the fundraising environment at large so that they will have a more equitable opportunity at scaling the next billion-dollar idea. They will also receive lifetime “ask-me-anything” access to the SoGal Foundation and SoGal Ventures teams. 

For more information, go here.

Ecosystem Support Program (ESP)

The Ethereum Foundation offers grants and other support for open-source projects that strengthen Ethereum’s foundations, with a particular focus on builder tools, infrastructure, research, and public goods. The grants are designed to enable software builders to expand the range of tools available to those building on Ehereum, gaining a deeper understanding of cryptographic basics, and growing the builder ecosystem through education and community development.

To learn more, go here.

UNICEF Innovation Fund

The UNICEF Innovation Fund invests in early stage, open-source, emerging technology solutions, providing equity-free grants to qualified applicants. The program seeks those offering scalable digital public goods, stronger communities of problem solvers, and growing solutions that bring results for children and the world.

Go here to learn more.

Cowtown Angels

The Cowtown Angels network is accepting applications for funding consideration with a monthly deadline in 2022 of the fourth Monday of each month. Based in Fort Worth, Cowtown Angels is an angel network that connects entrepreneurs seeking early-stage funding with local investors in an environment that accelerates growth and rewards strategic risk-taking. Cowtown Angels is a program of TechFW, a non-profit organization created to encourage the development of the local business community by helping regional entrepreneurs commercialize innovative technology.

Go here for more information.

NASE Growth Grant

NASE (National Association for the Self-Employed) offers business development grants for up to $4,000. To apply, you must be a NASE member. NASE’s Growth Grant program is intended for businesses planning to take the next step in their venture.  It provides available capital for small businesses and sole proprietors to be able to hire and train additional employees, market their business in new and existing ways or invest in new equipment or software. 

For more information, go here.

GCRE Impact Fund

Gardner Capital, a private equity firm specializing in multi-family housing and solar energy development and investment, is offering a GCRE Impact Fund to provide up to $25,000 in funding for qualifying proposals to make solar more efficient for tenants in multifamily housing.

For more information, go here.

Toyota Ventures Innovation Fund

Toyota Ventures, Toyota’s Manufacturing Project Innovation Center (MPIC), and Toyota Research Institute are teaming up to fund early-stage startups developing solutions to modernize manufacturing and advance sustainable production. Toyota Ventures is investing between $500,000 and $2 million from its Frontier Fund or Climate Fund and offering a chance to collaborate with Toyota on a proof-of-concept project. Software and hardware solutions are welcome across a number of categories, including 3D simulation, AI, robotics software, improvements to energy efficiency, cybersecurity, and more.

To be eligible, the company should have less than $10 million USD in funding, have a working prototype, and a business model that solves a market need and delivers value to customers. For more information, go here.

Last Mile Education Fund

Applications are currently open for the Last Mile Education Fund, supported by a $100,000 grant from Lyda Hill Philanthropies, which is working to increase access to biotech careers for low-income North Texas students. Biotech talent is in high demand in the region across startup, corporate, and medical systems, and offers fulfilling and high-paying careers with benefits. The North Texas Biotech Workforce Fund supports students aiming for biotech and related STEM degrees and certificates in 26 designated counties in North Texas. Qualified students will be eligible for rapid response emergency mini-grants to support their educational progress and help overcome unexpected financial obstacles. 

Go here for more information.

CDFI Friendly Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth’s Department of Economic Development and the Department of Diversity and Inclusion are working through 2022 with CDFI Friendly America, a national company that helps connect underserved communities with CDFI (Community Development Financial Institutions) loans. CDFIs offer flexible, affordable, and patient financing to small business owners, affordable housing developers, nonprofits, consumers, and commercial real estate in underserved communities. CDFI Friendly Fort Worth will match residents, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits to CDFIs to help address funding gaps. The City of Fort Worth committed $3 million to the program, and officials hope to draw $250 million in financing over the next five years. To participate, the residence or business to be financed must be in Fort Worth.

For more information, go here.

Texas Skills Development Fund

Texas private businesses, business consortiums, and trade unions are eligible to apply for a grant through the Texas Skills Development Fund to assist with workforce needs by partnering with a public community or technical college, or with an organization that partners with one of those institutions. Grants for a single business may be limited to $500,000.

To be considered, an employer must:

      • Partner with an eligible grant applicant, which is a public community or technical college, the Texas Engineering Extension Service, or a private, nonprofit community-based organization in partnership with one of those institutions
      • Be actively involved in the planning and design of the customized training project
      • Pay wages to the employees who complete the training program that are equal to or greater than the prevailing wage for the occupation in the local labor market
      • Disclose any other state or federal grant funds awarded for the proposed training project
      • Sign an agreement with the grant applicant outlining each entity’s roles and responsibilities in the training project, including reporting requirements related to trainee participation
      • Provide equal employment opportunity documentation as well as information on the occupations for training, employment benefits, wages and social security numbers for trainees
      • Use to post openings for new workers trained under the project

For more information, go here.

The Accelerator Powered by Nestlé R&D

The Nestlé R+D Accelerator program aims at empowering food and beverage entrepreneurs to bring their products from idea to shop shelf in just six months. Successful applicants could receive assistance with design, packaging, innovation, regulatory and legal issues, plus get access to a prototype kitchen with resident chefs. The goal is to develop and test products in six months in real market conditions and includes a dedicated budget to help cover operational expenses. Entrepreneurs can apply to multiple Accelerators around the world. There are three Nestlé R&D Accelerators in the United States: two in Ohio and one at the U.S. headquarters for Nestlé in Arlington, Va.

Go here for more information.


Deadline dates not disclosed.

2023 Rising Stars

Do you know of a life science or healthcare innovation company that is making great strides? BioNTX is introducing the North Texas community to Rising Stars in the life science and healthcare innovation industry. Those selected as Rising Stars will have the opportunity to present their company during the BioNTX iC³ Life Science Summit. The summit takes place Sept. 28-29 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

Submit a company to be recognized here.

RevTech Grad Accelerator Program

If your brand is known for innovation in retail tech, you can apply for consideration to take part in the Fifth Annual Accelerator Graduate Program at RevTech Ventures Aug. 21-24, 2023, in Dallas. The invited participants are curated from North America’s top accelerator programs. Past participants have attracted more than $1B in venture capital to date, with solutions on display in both e-commerce and 100,000 physical locations.

Go here to be considered.

Founder Dinner Series Club

Hosted by the Founder Institute of North Texas and sponsored by Builder AI, the Founder Dinner Series Club gives entrepreneurs the chance to network and learn from top founders. Eligible founders need to be ready to build their MVP or full-build application within the next four months, be founder, CEO or C-level decision maker, have seed funding to build their tech, based in North America, and not a Web3, gaming, or crypto-based application.

Go here to apply.

Cyber: Dallas Digital Fight Club

Join DFW’s top Corporate CISOs to hash out challenging cybersecurity issues. Only 40 CISOs, 40 VARS, and 5 vendors may attend. Event is April 19, 2023, at the Granada Theater.

Go here to learn more.

Judge or Volunteer at the International Science & Engineering Fair

Come be a judge or volunteer at ISEF, the world’s largest pre-college science competition. Regeneron ISEF provides an annual forum for 1,800 high school students to showcase their talents on an international stage. This year’s event is set for May 13-19 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

Go here to learn more.

Heat Mapping Urban Heat Islands

Local community groups can apply for funding to help heat map their own cities. Heat Watch and Capa Strategies are seeking to engage communities in gathering data and create high-resolution descriptions of ambient heat.

To learn more, go here.

Health Finance Institute Accelerator

The Health Finance Institute and Health Wildcatters are partnering to bring the Health Wildcatters accelerator program to one healthcare startup that has an application in chronic disease management or treatment applications. Priority will be given to applications targeting developing countries and/or underserved, low-income, or vulnerable communities. Through this partnership, startups may apply for one position, underwritten by Health Finance Institute in partnership with Health Wildcatters. This selected startup will go through the Health Wildcatters program in Fall 2023, but also enjoy the support of the Health Finance Institute’s global and high-impact network of supporters. 

For more information, go here.

Mockingbird Ventures and UT Dallas Seed Fund

The UT Dallas Seed Fund is working in partnership with Mockingbird Ventures to help identify their next seed-stage investment funded by Mockingbird Ventures. Submit your application to apply for a $25,000 to $50,000 investment using a standard SAFE agreement.

Go here to apply.

o9 Solutions and Supply Chain Insights Invite Business Manufacturing Leaders to Test Outside-In Supply Chain Planning Processes

Through a reverse RFP process, a panel of business leaders, academics, and o9 leaders will pick two companies to participate in the research, o9 announced.

It’s an open call to businesses that builds on Project Zebra — an open-source think-tank initiative to drive supply chain improvement that began in January 2021 that was initially funded by o9. Project Zebra’s goal is “to define, test, and validate the value proposition of an outside-in approach for planning and decision-making,” according to o9.  

To learn more about Project Zebra and download the application form, go to

Richardson’s HBAR Foundation Launches Fund to Invest in Female Founders, in the midst of Women’s History Month.

The foundation—established and funded by distributed ledger tech company Hedera Hashgraph to provide resources to entrepreneurs developing on the network—has launched the HBAR Foundation Female Founders Fund. It says the goal of the market development fund is to fund seed-stage projects, while supporting and incentivizing diverse women to join the Hedera and web3 ecosystems.

To lead and manage the fund, the foundation has tapped Jennifer Kim, founder of Blockheads Development. The foundation said it plans to fund between five and 10 projects focused on things like time, budget, and actionability.

The HBAR Foundation was established last September, with Hedera’s governing council—made up of 26 companies, including GoogleIBM, and Boeingearmarking 5.35 billion of its HBAR tokens (at the time worth about $2.5 billion) to provide the foundation with resources and grant funding.

CDFI Friendly

Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) want to help you and your community by providing flexible, affordable financing. If you need financing for a business, to buy a home, to develop housing, for your nonprofit, or for real estate the application is now open. The program will act as a liaison between business owners, non-profits, and affordable housing developers to offer flexible loans. To be eligible, the property must be located in the City of Fort Worth.

Go here to learn more.

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

The U.S. Small Business Association offers contracts to small businesses that are at least 51 percent owned and operated by women who are U.S. citizens, manage day-to-day operations, and make long-term decisions. These contracts are specifically for industries where women-owned businesses are underrepresented. Some contracts are restricted further to economically disadvantaged women. To qualify, women must have a personal net worth of less than $750,000, $350,000 or less in adjusted gross income averaged over the previous three years, and $6 million or less in personal assets.

For more information, go here.

Homeland Security Startup Studio 2022

The Homeland Security Startup Studio is designed to identify, accelerate and deliver commercial applications of technologies from US laboratories and research centers to raise awareness of the Department of Homeland Security’s mission. The innovative program will form teams of entrepreneurs and match them with ground-breaking technologies to assess their commercialization potential.

Entrepreneurs will work hand-in-hand with lab scientists and inventors, and explore forming companies around those technologies to solve the real-world homeland security problems of government and commercial customers. FedTech is currently recruiting diverse applicants who are ready to continue their entrepreneurship journey or take a step into the world of entrepreneurship, without the initial risk of leaving their day job, pay any fee, or giving up any equity.

Go here to apply.

Flash Funds through PeopleFund

PeopleFund offers Flash Funds up to $25,000 so you can get a boost for your business right when you need it most. With low interest rates and fees, you don’t have to worry about a price for speed.

With their streamlined process and quick turnaround, you’ll get the capital you need in a flash.

Click hereto access the easy-to-use online loan application.

CPRIT Funding

CPRIT offers several funding opportunities for promising cancer research, product development, and prevention programs. All funding opportunities are announced through formal Requests for Applications (RFAs) and applications must be submitted through the online application receipt system.

Pitch.Tech Equity-Free Funding

Pitch.Tech is an idea-stage competition hosted by .Tech Domains in association with Startup Grind. The competition invites idea-stage entrepreneurs to submit their pitches and helps them go from zero to one.

Applicants will first compete at their respective chapters to qualify for the grand finals. The winner of the grand finals will win $10,000 in equity-free funding, $100,000+ in startup benefits through Startup Grind membership, and a host of other prizes to help kick-start their entrepreneurial journey.

Apply here.

RepairSmith’s Jump Start

Are you a nonprofit addressing socioeconomic, racial and ethnic inequalities in your community? RepairSmith is here to help keep you moving with our Jump Start initiative.

Jump Start is a community-focused initiative by RepairSmith that aims to remove the financial burden of car repair for nonprofit organizations—allowing delivery of essential services without disruption. Over the next year, RepairSmith will donate $250,000 in free car repair services to organizations who meet Jump Start’s criteria. Each nonprofit is eligible for up to $10,000 in free services to passenger and light duty vehicles.

Go here for more.

talkSTEM’s Her STEMlens

talkSTEM, a Dallas nonprofit that develops future generations of female and underrepresented STEM leaders, is launching “Her STEMlens,” powered by Comerica Bank, a national campaign to showcase a diversity of STEM moments contributed by girls and women from everywhere.

The virtual exhibition kicked off February 11 and will continue through May 31. Every month, the exhibition will be refreshed, showcasing images posted on social media fueled by the #herSTEMlens social media movement. Girls in K-12 classrooms, after school groups, families and more are invited to participate and appreciate STEM mindsets in action conveyed in the exhibition.

To participate, share your #herSTEMlens to be included in the virtual exhibition, which will feature women who are leaders in a wide variety of STEM-integrated professions, women in STEM careers, and young girls. First, post an image to your favorite social media platform. Second, add a question or idea that other girls and women can share. Third, use #herSTEMlens on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, or Facebook and tag @talkSTEM.

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.


A new multi-million fund has launched to provide affordable capital to nonprofits and small businesses in the South, including Texas. The Southern Opportunity and Resilience Fund, or SOAR, was developed by 13 community development financial institutions, including Liftfund and PeopleFund, to help businesses rebuild from the pandemic. SOAR, which has $50 million in initial commitments from investors. plans to raise $150 million. It’s open for applications for very low-interest loans of up to $100,000 and free business support.

Amazon Black Business Accelerator

Partnering with the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency and the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., Amazon has launched the Black Business Accelerator program. The grant program is aimed at empowering black-owned businesses by remedying “historical manifest imbalances by growing and advancing equity for Black-owned businesses.” 

The opportunity is open to U.S-based Amazon professional seller(s) who sell products on and will provide mentorship, business promotion, and financial assistance for business owners. 

Applications are open for grants up to $10,000 for eligible businesses.

Go here to learn more. 

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