T.D. Jakes & University of North Texas at Dallas Launch Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest For Middle & High School Students at MegaFest

Contest to build skills and business experience for America’s next-generation of innovators & job creators offers $50,000 in prize monies

Call for Entries now open

T.D. Jakes, CEO of TDJ Enterprises and Robert Mong, President of the University of North Texas at Dallas announced today the creation of an innovative entrepreneurial competition called MegaFutures@MegaFest, designed especially for students in grades 6-12. The competition will debut as part of this year’s MegaFest, the nationally acclaimed four-day festival of faith and family.

“There is a hunger across America to start a company, to be one’s own boss, and to give flight to those ideas that allow our young people to drive their own destinies,” Bishop Jakes said. “That’s why we’re delighted to create a platform for young entrepreneurs from all walks of life to express their creativity in meaningful ways.”

The Call for Entries is now open. Online applications are due by Monday, June 12. Participants will compete in two age groups (11-14 and 15-19), with finalists having the opportunity to present a three-minute oral presentation to the judges’ panel on Thursday, June 29. A total of $50,000 in prize monies, sponsored by PlainsCapital Bank, will be awarded.

“Our Mission is to empower students, transform lives, and strengthen communities,” said UNTD Dallas President Robert Mong, “We are tremendously excited to co-sponsor an entrepreneurial competition that both inspires and equips young men and women to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. By starting at a young age, we can help ensure our next generation has the foundation they will need for success.”

This will be the third year MegaFest will be returning to Dallas. Between June 28 and July 1, more than 100,000 attendees are expected to embark on a journey of inspiration, empowerment and entertainment.

For those wishing to apply to the entrepreneurship contest, additional information can be found at www.megafutures.org.

About MegaFest: Since its inception in 2004, MegaFest has been a meeting place for diverse audiences from Atlanta, Ga., to Johannesburg, South Africa, and has reached nearly 1 million people. Visit www.mega-fest.org  for more confirmed talent and special event updates, and stay connected via Twitter by following @tdjmegafest, @wtalconf, @mpconf and @myecode. General admission tickets for all events can be purchased by visiting www.mega-fest.org.

SOURCE: MegaFest

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