Success Stories

These are a sampling of participants from previous Springboard Ideas Challenge competitions who have gone on to successfully launch their businesses:

Cordell’s is a gourmet food store in Abilene, Texas. The company is focused on finding the best ingredients from around the world making them available to the public. Cordell’s features imported, domestic and local products.
Dream Spectrum Design is an agency of developers, Internet marketers, and technology consultants based in Abilene, Texas. The group strives to create high quality web sites, web based software, and more. They provide tried and tested project managers, developers and designers to work together to give each project the best possible outcome.
Chris Norton, owner and founder of Enchilada Express, spent his last year in College at ACU planning what was going to become Enchilada Express. He took a dash of passion and mixed it with a pinch of "entrepreneurism". Enchilada Express became the first high-volume Mexican delivery restaurant in the state of Texas (according to Susan Combs and the state of Texas). A year and a half later Enchilada Express is excited to be planning for expansion and franchising.
Pharos Resources provides a comprehensive solution to increase student retention and institutional productivity. Their innovative system, Pharos 360, helps educational institutions identify at-risk students, increase the use of support services, efficiently manage student cases, collaborate between departments, and improve crisis prevention.  Pharos 360 significantly increases institutions' success in retaining and supporting their students.
 
Sheepdog is a research service that helps organizations find what social networks their customers are using. Founded in Fall 2008 by four ACU students, Sheepdog was a first place winner of the 2009 Springboard Ideas Challenge and was acquired in Fall 2010.
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