2022 Competition is open for submissions

through 2/3/2022

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Competition is open!
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2022 challenge to


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 2022 RISE Challenge will award cash incentives to Sherman, Texas-based entrepreneurs selected through a 4-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 2022 is open January 3-February 3, 2022. 


2022 Competition Schedule

JULY 5 2021 Competition Information Packet now Available

DEC 2 2021  Public Interest Meeting 

DEC 9 2021   Public Interest Meeting 

JAN 3 2022   Application Portal is Open (Round 1)

FEB 3 2022  Application Portal Closes

FEB 4 2022   Qualified Applicant Notice for Round 2

FEB 10 2022   Round 2 Orientation Meeting and SBDC Training

FEB 24 2022   Initial Pitch to Judges

FEB 25 2022   Round 3 Qualifiers Notified

MAR 10 2022  Business Plan Submission Deadline

MAR 21-APR 1  Site Visits for Judging Panel

APR 7 2022   Final Team Presentations

APR 8 2022   Program Finalists Announced

APR 19 2022    Award Ceremony (new date)

Register your business and submit your Round 1 application through our REVIEWR competition portal here

Application Portal for the 2022 Competition is open through Feb 3, 2022