We want to send a big thank you to everyone who submitted an application in our contest to help make it a success! We received over 50 applications from North Texas female and/or minority entrepreneurs and our team of judges had a hard time narrowing down the applications.
In fact, when we originally posted the rules for this contest there were only supposed to be four semi-finalists. Once we got the scoring back from the judges, it was clear that that simply was not enough! And while we'd love to be able to accept all of the applicants, without further ado I would like to give a big shout out to the FIVE semi-finalists (in alphabetical order:) in the Southwest Airlines' "Soar to Success" Business Pitch Competition:
5. Spice Madam
These companies stood out to our judges based on their knowledge of the industry, the problem their solving, competitive analysis, and passion. We can't wait to hear their pitch at the pitch competition!
Did we mention that the winner of the pitch competition will receive a year's worth of free business travel on Southwest Airlines!? This is an unbelievable opportunity for them to gain national access to capital, introductions, media/press, meetings, and more!
Please join us in supporting our North Texas female and/or minority entrepreneurs by attending the Soar to Success Business Pitch Competition on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 6pm at the Addison TreeHouse!
A special thanks to our judges: Buddy Barnes with Regus Advisors, Tahir Hussein with Collide Village, Dayakar Puskoor with Naya Ventures, Vijay Sachdev with BBVA Compass, and Seth Snyder with Live Oak Venture Partners. We appreciate the time, effort, and careful consideration when reviewing applications.