Fort Worth Business Plan Competition - Previous winners
Locavore, an all-inclusive resource for foodie entrepreneurs looking to affordably scale up their business, won the 2018 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition. Co-owners Cortney Gumbleton and Carlo Capua also offer a commercial kitchen and an event venue for rent. Second prize went to Aspen Tyke Traveler, owned by Saryina and Glen Oliver, which develops innovative, supportive bag and packing systems that help prepare new parents for on-the-go adventures with young children. The third place recipient was Cache, a mobile app that allows consumers direct access to purchase wholesale tax foreclosure properties from anywhere in the world, owned by Mateson Gutierrez.
2017 Winner: Myconi Technologies
Myconi Technologies won the 2017 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition. Myconi Technologies' business plan centered around developing a wireless monitoring device that can be placed inside a box of products or attached to a pallet or container to monitor and report environmental conditions (such as temperature, humidity, pressure, light and harsh handling) throughout the supply chain process, making it especially relevant to pharmaceutical and food delivery systems. Barry McCleland is the chief executive officer of Myconi Technologies and Eugene Van Beljon is chief technology officer. Second place finisher Enos, founded by Efrain Villa, designs, manufactures and sells timepieces that have a stainless steel construction, Japanese automatic movement and handmade Italian bands. Third place finisher Jollitot, founded by Sean Usman, creates innovative products for babies, including a three-in-one swing, rocker and bouncer for infants.
2016 Winner: Creative Minds Solutions
Creative Minds Solutions won the 2016 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition. Dr. Richard Navarro is the President and Chief Innovation Officer of the company, which designs and manufactures hydro-electric turbines to generate electricity from water, such as lakes and oceans. Runners-up in the sixth annual competition at Texas Christian University were second-place finisher Doc's Street Grill, owned by Steve Alade. Doc's offers Caribbean street food as a mobile food concessionaire with plans for four brick-and-mortar restaurants. Third place went to Benefit Acupuncture, founded by Dr. Hilary Lai, whose Colleyville company delivers solutions for illnesses ranging from pain, allergies, chronic illness, stroke rehabilitation and infertility.
2015 Winner: ZooMeez Inc.
ZooMeez Inc., a music/video startup geared toward providing exercise for young children and fighting obesity, won the fifth annual Fort Worth Business Plan Competition. Three finalists – Alchemy Pops, Kingdem Consulting & Tax Preparation Services and ZooMeez, Inc. – presented to judges Oct. 22 at Texas Christian University.
Kenn Scott, a marketing consultant, is the founder of ZooMeez. His DVDs, CDs, downloads and videos are geared toward pre-K and first graders, a market of 12 million with 3-to-4 million new kids into the demographic each year. Alchemy Pops, presented by Carolyn Phillips, finished second. Her company produces frozen mini popsicles in a variety of unique seasonal flavors made from Texas-only growers. Third place went to Kingdem Consulting & Tax Preparation Services, owned by Kenya Bryant. Her company provides bookkeeping and tax preparation services.
2014 Winner: Rich Aviation Services
Rich Aviation Services / Fort Worth Flight Center won the 2014 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition held at Texas Christian University. The victory was worth $6,000 in cash and approximately $34,000 in training, counseling and advertising. Second place, worth approximately $20,000 in cash and business services, was awarded to Boyd Construction Services LLC, and Janz Hair & Fashion Jewelry Galley finished third, winning cash and prizes worth $16,000. Rich Aviation Services and Fort Worth Flight Center are pilot training facilities that provide quality, yet affordable flight training to students within Texas and outlying states. Through top-of-the-line equipment and highly qualified FAA-certified instructors, the companies fulfill lifetime goals for a range of students from airplane enthusiasts, to those seeking a profession in aviation.
2013 Winner: WellCare Dimensions Inc.
WellCare Dimensions Inc. was the first place winner for 2013, followed by Ampcare LLC, in second place; and Signature Image in third place. The winning lineup was announced after finalist presentations Oct. 24th at the Dee J. Kelly alumni and Visitor's Center at TCU. WellCare and Ampcare are focused on the healthcare industry, and Signature Image is a fine art print studio, all based in Fort Worth.
2012 Winner: Technology Team
Technology Team was the first place winner for 2013. Technology Team is an industry expert in relocating mission-critical equipment, having successfully relocated over $500 million dollars of technology equipment for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.
2011 Winner: Ikerd Consulting
Ikerd Consulting was the first prize winner in the competition's inaugural year, followed by Positive Influences, in second place; and Cleves Research in third place. The winners were announced after finalist presentations at the Dee J. Kelly alumni and Visitor's Center at TCU.
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