Bishop T.D. Jakes wants to see what America’s next generation of business owners and job creators can do! This summer, with the support of MegaFutures at MegaFest, young visionaries, in grades 6 through 12, will have an opportunity to compete for any prize sum within $50,000; build friends; gain mentors; and learn what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur!
Inspired by the Emmy Award-winning TV show Shark Tank, MegaFutures is an entrepreneurship competition and component of the MegaFest experience. Making its highly anticipated debut this summer, MegaFutures is designed to provide students with a means to receive invaluable tools and resources needed to launch their businesses. The competition is divided into two groups, including grades 6 through 8 and grades 9 through 12. Students will have three minutes to pitch their original business concept in front of a panel of expert judges, including influential entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, and executives, spanning across diverse industries. Judges will critique each concept based on the following criteria: originality, interest, research, effectiveness, benefit, and vision. Contestants will be judged according to their respective age group; and the judges will select one winner from each age group in grades 6 through 8 and grades 9 through 12.
MegaFutures is collectively sponsored by Bishop T.D. Jakes, the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT), and Metroplex Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), which includes MegaCARE, T.D. Jakes Ministries, and Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.). As the consummate visionary and architect for MegaFest, and a host of other successful entrepreneurial efforts, Bishop T.D. Jakes is excited to offer young entrepreneurs an opportunity to revolutionize the enterprise space!
To be eligible for this entrepreneurship opportunity, students must be registered for MegaFest. Additionally, all students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the MegaFuture competition. Please check back soon as we update information on the site, including venue, event schedule, and award ceremony details.
Ready to launch the next BIG idea? Simply visit MegaFutures and complete the entry form today. *Entries must be received by end of business day on Monday, June 12, 2017. For more information on eligibility requirements, please visit MegaFutures now.
If you haven’t yet registered for MegaFest, you still have time. This is your year to transform the world. Register for MegaFest today.