Red Wall & Stairs

THE COMPETITION

Your company could be the recipient of a grant to help achieve your next step in growth and expansion. The RISE Challenge seeks to award a total of $250,000 in funding to  winning businesses that meet all qualifications. Individual award amounts are determined by a volunteer panel of judges and may not exceed $100,000 per business and will not be less than $25,000. The 2023 application process opens January 2.

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DOWNLOAD THE INFORMATION PACKET

Learn the details of the competition, get the complete schedule, and see the list of FAQs to help you get started toward creating your entry.

Download the 2023 PDF

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SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

 Your completed application and all attachments including   videos must be uploaded to  the RISE Submission Portal by  11:59 p.m. February 2, 2023

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ATTEND A PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION 

Choose one of two sessions: Dec. 1 or Dec. 8, 2022,

5:30 p.m. at SEDCO, 307 W. Washington St, Suite 102, Sherman, TX | Register |

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QUALIFIED APPLICANT NOTICE 

Companies qualifying for the next step of competition will be notified directly by email on February 3 and attend orientation on February 10.

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PREPARE YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION

The online application portal opens January 2, 2023. The link to view and prepare your submission will be available through the RISE website. 

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PREPARE FOR THE PITCH TO JUDGES

Qualified applicants will proceed on the competition schedule from business plan preparation to final pitch. RISE Challenge finalists will attend a celebration lunch in April to reveal their awards!