InnovationTX

InnovationTX is an accelerator program that supports entrepreneurs through continued education, resources and access to capital.

The program helps entrepreneurs in all levels of growth to maximize their full potential through commercialization, innovation and resiliency resources.  Program participants can fall under one of three phases: 

  • P1: Discover Phase 
  • P2: Incubation Phase 
  • P3: Acceleration Phase
 

Entrepreneurs who complete the InnovationTX program are encouraged to apply for Demo Day event for capital attainment opportunities. 

To learn more about InnovationTX and Demo Day, please visit www.innovationtx.org 

Special Thank You to InnovationTX Partners

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world.

Each month, 1 Millions Cups (1MC) program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and business owners.

During a six-minute presentation, entrepreneurs talk about their business journey and the current challenges they are facing. This is followed by a Q&A where the community can share their feedback. This allows participants to gain insight for possible ways of improving their business and connecting with a community that cares about their progress.

1MC takes place the second Wednesday of the month from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main St. McAllen, Texas 78501.

If you would like to attend or become a featured speaker in 1MC, please contact Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Jorge Sanchez at (956) 682-2871. Ext 114 or email jsanchez@mcallenchamber.com.

McAllen Food Park

The McAllen Food Truck Park is designed to provide incubation for entrepreneurs in achieving their goal of developing a brick-and-mortar restaurant, test their menu and hone their skills.

The McAllen Food Park program is designed to help small independent food entrepreneurs test their services in the marketplace.

McAllen Food Park has 12 food trucks and is located on 10 N. Broadway St., McAllen, Texas 78501.

VirtualPlace

VirtualPlace is a program designed for businesses who do not have a brick-and-mortar establishment.

For a flat fee, participants can use the McAllen Creative Incubator first floor, have a local phone line and a mailbox where they can receive mail.  

For more information about VirtualPlace, please contact Economic Development Specialist Michelle Rodriguez at (956) 682-2871. Ext. 119 or email mrodriguez@mcallenchamber.com

Physical open space can be found at the McAllen Creative Incubator located on 601 N. Main Street. Participants are granted unlimited access to “The 3rd Place on the Second Floor” and “TechPlace”. This is a great opportunity for people who want to start their own business at a low cost.

Community Impact

$475,320

Grant Funding Awarded

Since 2007, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce has awarded $475,320 in grant funding to more than 50 local entrepreneurs through the Innovation Grant Awards program.

The program, which was competition based, awarded up to $10,000 to encourage product innovation and business creation in the McAllen region.

Past Innovation Grant Recipients

Previous Programs

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is a keystone species in our local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Take a moment to browse some of our past programming.