Join the challenge to
RISE in SHERMAN
The 2021 Competition Portal is closed. Watch for announcements.
WE'RE READY FOR YOUR IDEAS
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.
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