The Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge is a program of the WT Enterprise Center, funded by the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, designed to help entrepreneurs expand an existing business or launch a new business. Everyone who participates will gain a better understanding of how to develop and follow a realistic business plan, and qualifying entrants can request a share of $500,000 in capital funding grants from the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation.
Attend an Orientation workshop
ATTEND AN ORIENTATION WORKSHOP
All participants must attend an Orientation Workshop. The Orientation Workshop is designed to help all entrepreneurs who are interested in applying for the EnterPrize Challenge better understand the requirements of the program.
Topics included in the Workshop will include:
- Who can apply
- Important deadlines
- Business planning resources
- and more!
AEC Orientation #1 Wednesday, August 20th (4:00-5:00pm)
AEC Orientation #2 Friday, August 29th (12:00-1:00pm)
AEC Orientation #3 Tuesday, September 2nd (12:00-1:00pm)
AEC Orientation #4 Tuesday, September 9th (4:00–5:00 pm)
*If you missed an orientation workshop but would still like to participate please call 806-374-9777 to schedule a make up orientation by October 10th*
In order to be considered for the EnterPrize Challenge, the company must fill out the EnterPrize Challenge Application.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY
Credit & Background Authorization Form
In order to participate, all owners with 20% or more ownership of the business must submit a credit/background application form before October 31, 2014.
CLICK HERE FOR THE AUTHORIZATION FORM
EnterPrize Challenge Resources
After each coaching session the resources and tools discussed will be uploaded. To get the most out of the business plan writing process, we encourage you to attend each group coaching session.
The WT Enterprise Center provides business planning workshops in group format to discuss tips, best practices, and overall guidelines to be successful in the Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge. These workshops are meant to provide busy entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and time to be successful at writing their plans.
Group Workshop Dates
Tues, Sept. 23rd (11:00am – 1pm)
Lean Canvas/Business Model/Strategy
Tues, Sept. 30th (11:00am – 1pm)
*Fri, Oct. 10th (11:00am – 1pm)
The Business/Plan of Attack
Fri, Oct. 17th (11:00am – 1pm)
Marketing and Management
Tues, Oct. 21st (11:00am – 1pm)
Preparing for Investment/Investor Fact Sheet
RSVP for October 10th!
1 on 1 strategy
1 on 1 strategy
Our coaches are all available to meet with applicants to discuss strategy, build financials, and finalize business plans before they are submitted.
submit business plan
submit business plan
Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge participants must submit 7 copies of their business plan by January 16, 2015 to be judged by 5 independent judges. Click here to view the 2014-2015 Workbook
Our 5 independent judges will read, score, and choose which business plans move on to the next round to present. They will also provide constructive feedback on each business plan to help the entrepreneur succeed.
Scott Bentley - First United Bank
Jake Brecheen - Confluence Security Group
Dr. Leigh Browning – WTAMU College of Business
Lyndy Forrester - Amarillo College
Joshua Raef - Chick-fil-A
If your company is selected as a finalist, you will be given the opportunity to present your business plan to the judges on Thursday, March 5th, 2015. The judges will then choose which entrepreneurs will receive the grant funding to grow their business.
The 2015 grant recipients will be announced Tuesday, March 26th, 2015 at 5:30p.m. at our annual Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge Awards Ceremony. To RSVP contact us at (806)374-9777 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org