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Edge Grand Challenge gives entrepreneurs connection to enterprise innovators

Entrepreneurs designing solutions using edge technology can get feedback, recognition and $20K from Tech Titans and enterprise companies on the cutting edge. In this year’s annual Grand Challenge, entrepreneurs submit an application which will be judged by representatives of technology companies, and finalists will be showcased for a live/virtual pitch in front of a panel of celebrity judges. Last year's celebrity judges included entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Dallas Cowboys CMO Charlotte Jones, and AT&T Consumer CEO Thaddeus Arroyo.

The challenge will be open to entrepreneurs nationwide. The selected solution(s) will demonstrate how innovative edge-enabled products help the world return to work and life and catapult society past the last year’s hurdles. The edge-enabled solutions can benefit work, life, education or health. Entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and minority/women owned MBE/WBE-certified technology companies should be pre-revenue to revenue less than $2 million. There is no cost to participate, and companies do not have to be Tech Titans members. Deadline for applications to be submitted is Monday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m.

Last year’s Grand Challenge recipient, Dr. Marge Zielke, director of UTD’s Center for Simulation and Synthetic Humans said receiving the award “accelerated our vision for a true virtual human metaverse which combines real life and virtual experiences powered by 5G networks. As a result of winning the Grand Challenge, we’ve worked with a potential corporate partner to push forward our master concept of emergence and made significant progress on the fidelity and capability of our virtual teaching platform. We appreciate the overall support of Tech Titans to help us develop and promote our work and make significant progress toward commercialization.” Watch a video about the win here:

Awardees will receive:

  • A minimum cash award of $20K
  • An invitation to the Tech Titans Awards Gala on Oct. 21
  • Enterprise-level mentoring that could include access to technology resources and potential customers/partners
  • Introductions to funding resources
The hope is that the entrepreneur/start-up will receive some form of:
  • Technology licensing
  • Funding
  • Customer/supplier relationships
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Other business relationships
The Tech Titans Innovation Collider offers a myriad of services that enable large companies to partner with entrepreneurs, university researchers and thought leaders to collide, connect, collaborate and create groundbreaking solutions that accelerate business value. These services include providing executive education, extending access to technology expertise and cultivating curated resources.

All information and contest rules may be found on the Tech Titans website (Connect/Innovation) or
About Tech Titans
Tech Titans includes a diverse group of technology leaders from start-ups to fortune 500 companies who collaborate to help innovation thrive in the region. As part of its goals, Tech Titans is active in:
  • Cultivating a technology community of companies, entrepreneurs, investors and students
  • Growing future tech leaders with its talent and workforce development initiative
  • Advocating technology's advancement in governmental arenas
  • Connecting people and inspiring innovative ideas through its programs and special interest forums
Tech Titans is the largest technology trade association in Texas, representing a quarter million employees through its 300 member companies. More information about Tech Titans can be found online at

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