The DEC@Redbird is launching a program designed to help propel Black founders from an idea to a successful business concept. Participants will take a deep dive into the innovation process through market research and competitive analysis, while receiving counsel from well-established business leaders. Participants will also get the opportunity to pitch their final business concept to an audience of Dallas-based investors. The first-place winner will have the honor of holding the title of the BIG iDEA DALLAS champion and will secure up to $3,500 in funding. The virtual program begins Sept. 16 and repeats on Thursdays through Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Each participant will be given a microgrant at completion. Applications are now open through Sept. 10. At completion, participants will have access to mentorship, the DEC@Redbird membership and exclusive networking hours.