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Top three finalists announced in Fort Worth Business Plan Competition

Posted Oct. 11, 2019

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Top three contestants in the 2019 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition pose with judges and coordinators
The top three finalists with judges and competition coordinators. Congratulations to Michelle Crim of Dynamic Development Strategies (second from left), Shawn and Alicia Rizzo of Kraken Motorsports (third and fourth from left), and Veena Somareddy of Neuro Rehab VR (third from right).

Ten entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to a panel of judges during last night’s sold-out Fort Worth Business Plan Competition Pitch Night, and three of those competitors will move on to the final round.

The three finalists of this year’s Fort Worth Business Plan Competition are:

  • Alicia and Shawn Rizzo of Kraken Motorsports, a business that provides performance solutions to automotive enthusiasts.
  • Michelle Crim of Dynamic Development Strategies, a consulting business designed to help small and start-up nonprofits with their fundraising needs.
  • Veena Somareddy of Neuro Rehab VR, a company that develops virtual reality therapy exercises that help speed up neurological physical recovery.

Additionally, Kate Murphy of Nanda Yoga won the People’s Perfect Pitch Award, receiving the audience’s popular vote and $100 in cash from Industrial Solutions LLC.

Attend the finals on Oct. 24

RSVP online to see these competitors give their final pitches in front of the judges from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the MET Building on the UNT Health and Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.

The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 in cash from Frost Bank, the competition’s presenting sponsor. Frost will also award $5,000 and $3,000 in cash to second and third place, respectively.

Additionally, more than $70,000 of cash and in-kind services are up for grabs, including access to co-working spaces, professional business coaching, advertising services, and opportunities to interact with all of Fort Worth’s Chambers of Commerce. A complete list of prizes is located on the Business Plan Competition webpage.

Pitch Night was sponsored by BB&T; Bourland, Wall & Wenzel Attorneys and Counselors, and the University of Arlington’s College of Business.

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