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The 2021 Competition Portal is closed. Watch for announcements.


Our RISE Challenge will incentivize young, entrepreneurial companies based in Sherman and demonstrating high potential to positively impact the local economy. You'll be joining a community of forward-thinkers in a place that nurtures new ideas and forges new paths to success. Find out more about planting your company in Sherman's thriving business climate. 


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How this works

Do you have a dream to grow your business?


The inaugural RISE Challenge will award cash incentives to Sherman-based entrepreneurs selected through a 6-month-long local competition. All aspects of the program are supported by SEDCO, Austin College, and the Grayson Small Business Development Center, each providing a unique resource to aspiring individuals. The Competition portal for 2021 is closed. See more about the 2021 RISE Challenge, now in the review phase. 


2021 Competition Schedule

NOV 2 2020   Competition Information Packet Available

DEC 1 2020    Application Portal Opens

DEC 10 2020  Public Interest Meeting Register online or get Zoom link

JAN 7 2021    Public Interest Meeting ZOOM ONLY Register by email

JAN 31 2021  Application Portal Closes

FEB 12 2021   Qualified Application Notice

FEB 17 2021   Orientation Meeting and SBDC Training

FEB 25 2021   Initial Pitch to Judges

APR 2021       Participant Video Recording

APR 14 2021   Due Diligence Deadline

APR 28 2021   Final Team Presentations

APR 30 2021   Program Finalists Announced

MAY 6 2021    Award Ceremony (tentative date)

Application Portal for the 2021 Competition is Closed

Check back in mid-February for announcements