Army-Baylor Aces Business Plan Competition
May 15, 2017
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.
“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.”
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
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.