Tech Titans’ Edge Grand Challenge To Give Entrepreneurs a Connection to Enterprise Innovators

Entrepreneurs nationwide can submit an application now to demonstrate how innovative edge-enabled products help the world return to work and life. Due by Aug. 16, the edge-enabled solutions can benefit work, life, education or health.

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Entrepreneurs designing solutions using edge technology can get feedback, recognition, and $20K from Tech Titans and enterprise companies on the cutting edge. In this year’s annual Grand Challenge, entrepreneurs can submit an application that will be judged by representatives of technology companies, and finalists will be showcased for a live/virtual pitch in front of a panel of celebrity judges.

The challenge will be open to entrepreneurs nationwide. The selected solution(s) will demonstrate how innovative edge-enabled products help the world return to work and life and catapult society past the last year’s hurdles.

The edge-enabled solutions can benefit work, life, education, or health. Entrepreneurs, startups, small and minority/women-owned MBE/WBE-certified technology companies should be pre-revenue to revenue less than $2 million. There is no cost to participate, and companies do not have to be Tech Titans members.

Deadline for applications to be submitted is Monday, August 16 at 5 p.m.

Winning the Grand Challenge

Last year’s Grand Challenge recipient, Dr. Marge Zielke, director of UTD’s Center for Simulation and Synthetic Humans, said receiving the award accelerated their vision for “a true virtual human metaverse which combines real life and virtual experiences powered by 5G networks.”

“As a result of winning the Grand Challenge, we’ve worked with a potential corporate partner to push forward our master concept of emergence and made significant progress on the fidelity and capability of our virtual teaching platform,” Zielke said. “We appreciate the overall support of Tech Titans to help us develop and promote our work and make significant progress toward commercialization.”

Dr. Marge Zielke, director of UTD’s Center for Simulation and Synthetic Humans, and Andrew Olowu, Axxess CTO and head of the Tech Titans Innovation team, display Zielke’s $20,000 Grand Challenge check.

The details

The Tech Titans Innovation Team is producing the 2nd annual Grand Challenge for entrepreneurs. This year’s focus is on edge computing. 

The Tech Titans Innovation Collider offers a myriad of services that enable large companies to partner with entrepreneurs, university researchers and thought leaders to collide, connect, collaborate and create groundbreaking solutions that accelerate business value. These services include providing executive education, extending access to technology expertise and cultivating curated resources.

Awardees will receive:

• A minimum cash award of $20K
• An invitation to the Tech Titans Awards Gala on Oct. 21
• Enterprise-level mentoring that could include access to technology resources and potential customers/partners
• Introductions to funding resources

The hope is that the entrepreneur/startup will receive some form of:

• Technology licensing
• Funding
• Customer/supplier relationships
• Strategic partnerships
• Other business relationships

All information and contest rules may be found on the Tech Titans website or here.

Tech Titans is a partner organization of Dallas Innovates. Tech Titans includes a diverse group of technology leaders from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies who collaborate to help innovation thrive in the region. 

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