Financial Resources

A growing list of funding opportunities available in the UT Dallas startup ecosystem.
CometX, formerly known as Comet Accelerator, is a ten-week, program that pulls faculty, staff, and current students into an environment that incubates ideas and engages prospective customers in preparation for the launch of a new business concept. Two winning teams will be chosen for a cash prize to go towards their venture.
Impact UTD
Impact UTD is UT Dallas’s web platform for soliciting donations from the public at large. Impact UTD welcomes applications from faculty, staff, and student teams. Projects must be affiliated with UT Dallas and have a direct impact on the university, academic priorities, research or student life.
NSF Innovation Corps
In 2011, the National Science Foundation created the I-Corps program to train NSF-funded researchers to evaluate their scientific discoveries for commercial potential. Teams complete an intensive seven-week training program to move technologies born in academia into the marketplace.
Startup Launch

The Startup Launch Funding program enables undergraduate and graduate students in the Jindal School of Management to receive grant funding that may help them launch a scalable business opportunity. Undergraduate entrepreneurs may apply for up to $5,000 in grant funding and graduate entrepreneurs are eligible for up to $25,000 in grants.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research & Development (R/R&D) with potential for commercialization. Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The goal is to bridge the gap between the performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations. Requires the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.
UT Dallas Big Idea Competition
Formerly known as the “Business Idea Competition,” the BIC is UT Dallas’ largest reoccurring startup competition. Open to undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students from all disciplines, the BIC gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop and present their business ideas whole competition for cash and scholarship prizes.
UT Dallas Seed Fund
Created in Fall 2016, the UT Dallas Seed Fund seeks to invest in early-stage businesses with inventions, discoveries, products or services that have achieved proof of concept (or a prototype) and are ready for commercial product development. Open to students, faculty, alumni, and other program affiliates.
UTDesign Startup Challenge
The UTDesign Startup Challenge leverages experiential learning through the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science’s UTDesign senior capstone course to help bring high-potential technology startups to life. Selected ventures will receive $15,000 of engineering services over one or two semesters, a technical mentor, business coaches, and $5,000 cash to grow the business.