Plan Fund Business Competiton Finalists Announced! Includes THREE Prison Entrepreneurship Program Graduates

Posted: November 11, 2011 by Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) in About PEP
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We are thrilled to announce that three of our recent PEP graduates have been chosen as finalists in the PLAN Fund’s Business Plan Competition sponsored by Capitol One.  Congratulations to:

  • Anthony A.
  • Cole K.
  • Andrew S.

The PLAN Fund initially invited around ten “early stage” entrepreneurs to enter the competition. Invitations were exclusively offered to small business owners who had graduated from either thePrison Entrepreneurship Program (“PEP“) or from the PLAN Fund’s 2011 Small Business IDA program (offered in partnership with the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas).

These best-in-class nonprofit organizations ensured that applicants were fully prepared to compete at a high level from day one. After attending a three-hour orientation and business planning workshop, applicants were matched with Capital One business bankers who served as mentors for the entrepreneurs for the next month. Together with their mentors, these applicants developed strong business plans that were then submitted to the PLAN Fund last week.
Next week, the four finalists will each deliver a 10-minute pitch about their business to a panel of judges and a live audience of 40+ PLAN Fund supporters, Capital One bankers and representatives from the other nonprofits mentioned above. Following the pitch, each contestant will face a 10-minute “Shark Tank” style Q&A session with the judges.  If you’re in Dallas, we invite you to the competition!  Email John Watters at for more information.

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