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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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. 


Innovate Artist Grants now open for winter cycle

Each quarter of the year, Innovate Grant offers two $550 grants—one for a visual artist and one for a photographer. The award winners are also featured on the Innovate Grant website. All it takes is three to five images of a person’s work and a $25 application fee to apply. 


TXHCC: Women in Science & Healthcare Hackathon

The Women in Science & Healthcare (WISH) Hackathon, powered by SBA, is a two-day event for female innovators, entrepreneurs, and future leaders to create actionable solutions for healthcare and life sciences problems. Students, physicians, entrepreneurs, and all interested parties are invited to dive into the industry’s pain points. To power the event, the US Small Business Administration partnered with Health Wildcatters, and SoGal helped organize. Registration can be completed online.


Neighborhood Services 2020 Consolidated Grant

Nonprofits working to improve life in the Plano community have been invited to apply for one of the City of Plano’s grants. To fund its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and Robert W. Buffington Community Service Grant (BCSG), the City of Plano uses an annual Consolidated Grant process. Attendance at an information session is mandatory to submit an application, which can be completed online, for the 2020 grant year.


Community Leadership Program

The AIT Fellowship is a unique opportunity to grow your civic leadership in your community and on a national scale, while equipping and mobilizing others to be civically engaged. Fellows will directly support the implementation of the Community Leadership Program through community outreach, workshop facilitation, and volunteer coordination in their region. Fellows will receive civic leadership training and support from AIT staff  over the course of 2020. Ultimately, Fellows will equip thousands of women across the country with the necessary civic education and encouragement to take action on the issues that matter most to them. Fellows will receive a program budget, as well as a $15,000 stipend. They are expected to work about 15 hours per week. Fellowship applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and allow 3-5 weeks for applications to be reviewed. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the Fellowship.


EarthX E-Capital Summit 2020

In collaboration with EarthX’s yearly event—a four-pronged environmental experience in Dallas that consists of a film festival, conference, expo, and education, all surrounding Earth Day—is the E-Capital Summit. The Summit is EarthX’s “tech investment summit focused on families and foundations,” featuring financiers, venture capitalists, and family offices looking to invest their private capital and have a positive impact on the planet. Applications are being accepted now for companies that would like to participate.


INC. 5000 List

Since 1982, the Inc. 5000 list has honored the journeys of the fastest-growing companies in America. The list is the most prestigious honor for growing private businesses and business leaders. Showcase your company as one of the most successful in the nation through applying for the 2020 Inc. 5000 list. Applications are being accepted now— the early-rate deadline is April 3. 


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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