Red Wall & Stairs

THE COMPETITION

Sherman is celebrating the winners of the 2022 RISE Challenge! Your company could be the 2023 recipient of a grant to help achieve your next step in growth and expansion. The RISE program seeks to award up to a total of $250,000 in funding to qualified applicants. 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 schedule will be announced in summer 2022.

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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.

(sample PDF from 2022)

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SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Your completed application and all attachments including videos must be uploaded on the RISE Submission Portal by the 2023 deadline. 

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ATTEND A PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION 

Learn more and ask questions. Representatives from SEDCO. Grayson SBDC, and Austin College will provide an overview.

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QUALIFIED APPLICANT NOTICE 

Companies qualifying for the next step will be notified directly by email.

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SUBMIT THE ONLINE APPLICATION

2023 dates will be announced in summer 2022. Online submission portal opens in 2023. Watch here for announcements!

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ORIENTATION AND PRESENTATION TO JUDGES

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