Army-Baylor Aces Business Plan Competition

May 15, 2017

A joint team of graduate students from the Army-Baylor MHA/MBA program and Texas A&M earned first place honors competing in the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio’s 7th Annual International Business Plan competition in April. A second Army-Baylor team also competed and was commended as having one of the top three presentation scores.

The competition challenged students to develop business ideas for products or services using items that would otherwise have been discarded. The students had four categories to choose from: recycled products (such as plastics, paper etc.); e-waste; fruit and vegetable waste; or shipping containers.

Faculty advisor Col. Tanya Peacock, Lt. Brandon Elms, Capt. Molly Byrnes, Capt. Josh Smart, Capt. Scott Nicol, program director Lt. Col. Forest Kim.

“I was very impressed with the business ideas. They were not only creative but workable as well,” said José E. Martinez, President and CEO of the Alliance. “When we began the program seven years ago, there was no other local program like it. Over the years, we have seen many business plan and case competitions being created by our San Antonio universities and that’s a good thing. For the Alliance, we want to keep innovating and challenging our students and so we’re constantly looking for ways to improve on what is already a very effective program.”

This year’s competition hosted 12 teams from 10 universities including Army Baylor, St. Mary’s University, Southwest Junior College, Texas A&M University College Station and San Antonio, Universidad Tecnologica de Saltillo, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, UT Health and Tecnologico de Monterrey, Saltillo campus. Students came from China, Honduras, India, Mexico, Nepal and the Unites States of America.

The aim of the 3-month competition is to provide students with practical, hands on experience of international business planning and entrepreneurship. Teams are paired with mentors from the business community to prepare a business plan. Teams then make presentations before a judging panel comprising local entrepreneurs and international business professionals.

Free Trade Alliance Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public-private alliance dedicated to educating and preparing students to compete and collaborate in the global marketplace. Through the Foundation students engage the global community and develop lasting relationships through internationally focused programs.

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