The Challenge Studio is an intensive 9 month program that forms and supports a team of five entrepreneurs as they solve challenge areas outlined in the City of Austin’s Strategic Direction 2023 plan. The goal of the Challenge Studio is to create a new business whose products and services result in a local public benefit. The City of Austin will provide workspace, customized learning programs, coaching and technical assistance.
Five entrepreneurs will be chosen for each challenge area:
Food Security and Nutrition - Improve access to fresh, nutritious food in areas of Austin experiencing the highest rates of food insecurity
Environmental Quality - Zero Waste by 2040 in Austin means keeping at least 90% of discarded materials out of the landfill
Incubation for 9 months with access to 900 ft2 of workspace
$10,000 in prototyping and seed funding*
Legal technical assistance valued at $2,500
Training program focused on new team formation, design thinking, business fundamentals
Access to mentors, business coaches and subject matter experts
Who Should Apply?
Passion for the specified challenge area
Relevant experience - knowledge, skills and abilities that might be leveraged to create a solution to the challenge
Growth mindset - openness and willingness to learn new things
Entrepreneurial intent - a deep commitment to starting and growing a business in Austin
Resilience and perseverance
Commitment to a 9 month program
Applications Open: October 14 - December 13, 2019
Initial Application and Assessment Online
Challenge Studio Information Sessions
Join us for an information session on the City of Austin's Challenge Studio led by Lance McNeill, Program Administrator.
You'll have the opportunity to discuss the program and get your questions answered.
October 14, 2019 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Huston-Tillotson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation 1023 Springdale Road Austin, TX 78721
November 14, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Entrepreneur Center of Austin
4029 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin, TX 78704