Published May 10, 2022
Last week, eight businesses gave their final pitch before a panel of judges at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as part of the Fort Worth Business Plan Competition. Three of the businesses walked away with cash prizes.
The Fort Worth Business Plan Competition is an annual celebration of the city’s entrepreneurs and small businesses that will greatly contribute to the character and personality of the city. Twenty businesses completed six weeks of business development training before applying the skills to their own written plans. After the written plans are finalized, the Top 8 will make their final three -minute pitch to the judges, followed by a two -minute Q&A round. The final scores are a 50-50 combination between the written and pitch parts of the competition.
This year, the grand prize of $ 10,000 cash was brought to the home of Lauren Kutscheke of Salted Pages, a digital marketing agency that specializes in content creation and search engine optimization for creative entrepreneurs. As the grand prize winner, Kutscheke will also appear with Mayor Mattie Parker as part of his “Go Time” podcast.
Second prize – a check for $ 5,000 – went to Amber and Bryan Higgins of Ten Four Films LLC, a small business that specializes in storytelling for small businesses, with a focus on filmmaking, photography, branding, website development and social media marketing.
Third prize – and a check for $ 3,000 – went to Dr. Allison Silveus and Dr. Yohannis De La Fuente of Unbent Inc., a company that assesses and responds to unconscious bias in the hiring and training process through web-based virtual simulations.
In addition, Deidra Kindred of Your Healthcare Nurse Advocates won a popular vote from the audience, also known as the Perfect Pitch Prize. Your Healthcare Nurse Advocates is a patient advocacy team that educates and empowers families as they help navigate the complexities of the health care system. This year’s sponsor for the Perfect Pitch Prize was Printed Threads, who contributed a $ 500 credit for the winner to receive custom merchandise for their business.
As in previous years, the event was organized by the City of Fort Worth’s Department of Economic Development, and sponsored by Frost Bank. Various supporting partners have also helped provide feedback and mentorship to businesses, including TechFW, HSC Innovates, SCORE Fort Worth, Tarrant County Small Business Development Center, AccelerateDFW Foundation, and the North Texas Entrepreneur Education and Training Center.
More businesses that made it into the Top 8:
- WHITE co -worker + studio. An all-inclusive workplace and resource for creative Fort Worth entrepreneurs.
- Heritage Music Studio. A music studio offering small group and private music lessons on piano, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, violin, drums and more.
- Miguel’s place. A local food truck expands into a larger food truck park.
- Consolation Dance Studio. A dance studio that provides a safe place for children to learn dance techniques with age-appropriate music, costumes and choreography.
Photo: Lauren Kutscheke of Salted Pages holds her grand prize of $ 10,000, along with Shannon Watt, executive vice president of Frost Bank; Robert Sturns, economic development director for the City of Fort Worth, and Carlo Capua, deputy chief of staff for the mayor and council and the finale’s emcee.
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