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Fort Worth Business Plan Competition

Fort Worth Business Plan Competition

The Business Plan Competition is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit that makes Fort Worth so unique. The city was originally settled by wildcatters, pioneers and titans of industry – mavericks whose vision, innovation, and grit echoed through the generations to build and shape what is now the sixth-fastest growing city in the country.

Though years have passed since Fort Worth was truly "Where the West Begins", today's entrepreneurs and small business owners still embody the same spirit – a spirit that is called to forge new frontiers, blaze new trails, and chase dreams as boundless as the Texas horizon.

Fort Worth's vibrant community of entrepreneurs is vital to making the area a hub for creative businesses, and the Business Plan Competition exists to set those entrepreneurs up for success. By the end of the competition, participants will have the tools, the strategy, and the mindset to grow their seed of an idea into a flourishing business. It also anchors their roots in a passionate, supportive community of like-minded individuals, mentors, and movers-and-shakers, all well-versed in the area’s business ecosystem and all committed to helping these small businesses grow to their fullest potential.

About the competition

After undergoing a competitive selection process, participants will attend six weeks of one-on-one business counseling, professional development workshops, and coaching from industry experts through the Office of Small Business and its many partners, as well as consultation from student coaches at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington.

The goal: Learn as much as possible to create a comprehensive business plan that impresses the judges, in order to win cash prizes and business services that will help entrepreneurs take their companies to the next level.

The Fort Worth Business Plan Competition encourages small business owners to manage and operate their business according to a written business plan, which has a positive impact on their bottom line and strengthens their ability to generate revenue and create jobs - both of which make a positive impact on the community.

Competition dates

  • May 20-June 17, 2019: Call for entries
  • June 25, 2019: The 25 applicants accepted into the competition will be announced
  • End of September: Top 10 finalists announced
  • Oct. 10, 2019: Pitch Night, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Mid-October: Top three finalists announced
  • Oct. 24, 2019: Business Plan Competition Finale, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

2019 Prize Packages

2019 Sponsors


Frost Bank


City of Fort Worth
Capital One
The Alternative Board


Branch Banking and Trust Company
Bourland, Wall & Wenzel Attorneys at Law
University of Texas Arlington School of Business


National Bank of Texas


Frost Bank
Tarleton State University


Frost Bank
Fort Worth Business Press
The Alternative Board
Ensemble Coworking
Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC
Jim Austin Online
Sandler Training
The Metro Report
Rising Tide Initiative
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber
Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber


Fort Worth Business Press


Capital One


TCU Neely School of Business
SCORE Fort Worth
University of Texas Arlington School of Business
Accelerate DFW
TECH Fort Worth
Tarrant County Small Business Development Center
Rising Tide Initiative
Tarrant County College
Lockheed Martin
UNT Health Science Center
Meat U Anywhere


Cheryl Jones
Fort Worth Business Assistance Center (BAC)
1150 South Freeway, Suite 106
Fort Worth, TX 76104