Business Plan Workshops

The Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy hosted a business plan workshop for teams competing in the Springboard Ideas Challenge. This training event was made possible by the West Texas Innovation Network and a $200,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Thanks to their generous support, we are happy to provide these recordings from the workshop for your reference:

Is My Venture Fundable?  

Kevin Castello, MBA and Baylor Venture Fellow, presents strategic insight for crafting an idea into a venture that will be attractive to angel investors.

Kevin Castello, Executive Director
Baylor Angel Network

Is your business idea “fundable” given its current stage of development, traction and business plan? Being strategic about when to raise capital is important. In this presentation Kevin Castello will try to bring some clarity to this critical decision and when to raise capital.


Raising Funding  

Hall Martin, Director of the Austin Entrepreneur Network, presents practical advice on raising capital to fund an entrepreneurial venture.

Hall Martin, Director
Austin Entrepreneur Network

In this presentation, Hall Martin covers the funding process and what to include in your business plan. He addresses key topics including management team, product/services, business model, and financials.


The Impossible Dream  

The Impossible Dream

Bill Petty, W.W. Caruth Chairholder of Entrepreneurship
Baylor University

Dr. Bill Petty challenges listeners to build an uncommon company, shares the investor’s perspective, and discusses the process of entrepreneurship including the key topics of Identifying Opportunity, Exiting, and  Financials.


What is Being Funded and How to Pitch It  

What is Being Funded and How to Pitch for It

Hall Martin, Director
Austin Entrepreneur Network

Hall Martin covers the current trends in Texas Startups and how to pitch your idea. This is important information to know when making decisions about your business venture. Hall discusses the following sectors in detail: Life Science, Healthcare, Information Technology, Industrial Products, and Digital Media.


Building a New Venture Team

Building a New Venture Team

Dr. Phil Vardiman, Asst. Professor of Management Sciences
Abilene Christian University

President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, "It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you." In this video, ACU professor Dr. Phil Vardiman explains the difference between the two and how to build a new venture team.

The Story of You: Secrets of a Great Elevator Pitch

The Story of You

Chris Westfall, National Elevator Pitch Champion

What is your message? Chris Westfall, national elevator pitch champion, helps answer that question. Chris' method for telling your story leverages the communication skills that you already have and teaches you how to get and investor to say, "tell me more!"



Learn more about this year’s Springboard Ideas Challenge. Any questions about this year’s competition or the Business Plan Workshop should be emailed to

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