With song titles like “The Chicken Strut” and “Hippo Twist,” children’s music video startup ZooMeez Inc. is the 2015 winner of the Fort Worth Business Plan Competition, according to a news release.
The event, hosted by the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, took place Thursday at Texas Christian University. Popsicle company Alchemy Pops took second place, while booking and tax preparation company Kingdem Consulting and Tax Preparation Services took third place. The three finalists beat 22 other companies that competed in the event. Cash and prize packages amounted to more than $50,000, with ZooMeez taking $5,000.
ZooMeez produces CDs, DVDs and digital music downloads to encourage preschool-age and early elementary-age children to exercise. The music is described as “ ’50s-style rock ‘n’ roll,” according to the release.
The contest started in May and had competitors attend a series of training and counseling sessions. In October, the contestants competed in Pitch Night at the Moncrief Cancer Institute, which finished with 10 semifinalists. Of those 10, three were chosen as finalists for the Business Plan Competition.
The Business Plan Competition was sponsored by Capital One Bank and The Alternative Board. Prize sponsors include Sales Mastery Consultants Inc. /Sandler Training, Solomon Bruce Consulting, ADvice, Idea Works Fort Worth, Select Interactive, Social Factor, Trey Sprinkle Creative Consultant, Stevie Dawn Inspires, National Bank of Texas, Color Me Beautiful, Tarleton State University, Underwood Law, BB&T, @Work, eMBA at UTA and Shannon Gracey. Support for the competition was also provided by Texas Christian University, Moncrief Cancer Institute and BAC partners SCORE, Tarrant Small Business Development Center and the TCU Neeley School of Business MBA Program.