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  1. Ascender Grant Program
  2. Other grant opportunities from the U
  3. Corporate Grant Funding Opportunities
    • Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 5  The Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge will be competed for the fifth time since launching in 2017. A multimillion-dollar university challenge to advance human-computer interaction, we will begin accepting applications on July 6, 2022. Competing teams will create socialbots that can converse coherently and engagingly for 20 minutes with humans on a range of current events and popular topics such as entertainment, sports, politics, technology, and fashion whilerearning a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Selected university teams will receive a $250,000 research grant, Alexa-enabled devices, free Amazon Web Services (AWS) to support their development efforts, and access to other tools, data, and Alexa team support.
    • Applications must be submitted by October 5,2022 and will be reviewed and evaluated based on: potential scientific contribution to the field, technical merit of the approach, novelty of the idea, and the team's ability to execute against their plan.
  4. State and Federal sources


  1. University of Utah 1850 Fund PIVOT Center manages investments in companies spun out of the U through its 1850 Fund. The Fund seeks to invest in promising U of U companies from pre-seed through later rounds of investment, with a preference for investing at startup and alongside top-tier investors in subsequent rounds. The Innovation Fund does not lead investments, but seeks to syndicate with experienced investors. The amounts of investment will vary based on industry and the stage of each potential investment opportunity. For U of U spinouts to learn more about the fund, please contact
  2. Other investment funds from the U
  3. Other sources - This is an ever-growing list of opportunities, so check back often.

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