Tarleton Business Plan winner advances to Fort Worth competition


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The winner of Tarleton State University’s Business Plan Competition, Makr, LLC, is advancing to the City of Fort Worth’s event to compete against 29 other hopefuls for more than $50,000 in cash and in-kind services.

Each business venture will receive five weeks of one-on-one business counseling from industry experts through the City of Fort Worth’s Economic Development Department and its partners. Tarleton’s Dr. Drake Mullens, assistant professor in the department of management in the university’s College of Business Administration, will discuss operations and management with prospective businesses, helping to craft business plans into winning solutions.

After counseling, the second round of judging will narrow the contestants to the top. Those competitors will each present their plans to a panel of judges during Pitch Night on Oct. 10. The top three participants will compete in the finals and be recognized at the awards ceremony on Oct. 24.

“It is through innovative engagement activities such as these that Tarleton’s College of Business is able to impact the community,” said Dr. Joseph H. Schuessler, associate dean of the college. “We look forward to strengthening the connection between our business plan competition and the City of Fort Worth’s as we continue to invest in our commitment to the community with our Fort Worth campus.”

Tarleton is a training sponsor of the event, along with Frost Bank. Other sponsors include Fort Worth Business, The Alternative Board, Ensemble Coworking, Advice, Solomon Bruce, CoLab, Jim Austin, the Fort Worth Chamber, UT Arlington, Color Me Beautiful, The National Bank of Texas, Bourland Wall and Wenzel, BB&T, The Alternative Board, the TCU College of Business, Score Fort Worth, Accelerate DFW Foundation, TechFW, and the North Texas chapter of the Small Business Development Center.

For more information about the Fort Worth Business Plan Competition, go to http://fortworthtexas.gov/business-plan/.

Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.

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A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.