For the past year, I’ve been pitching investors and trying to put together the perfect pitch for Target Evolution. I wanted to learn and needed to be coached after adjusting my business model a few times. I have created a dozen pitch decks, but still could not figure out how to tell my story in a succinct and simple way. While pitching an investor from Austin, I realized that Tech Ranch would be a great place for me to learn and reached out to Kevin Koym. Kevin and I had met several years earlier, but because I lived in Dallas, I never asked about being a part of Venture Forth. This particular time, Kevin offered me the chance to participate virtually and I was ecstatic! Practicing the pitch helped me learn to simplify and become clear on the most important aspect of communicating my business model. Gaining feedback from other entrepreneurs and mentors helped me see things from several strong perspectives. The cohort became like family as we shared our strengths and weaknesses. It truly helps to have other entrepreneurs who understand the growth process while developing a business model. There is no way for us to know everything and our relationships are crucial to the building process. I have secured a partnership with University of North Texas Dallas and we are currently in the process of planning our first event together to empower teen entrepreneurs from low income families. We have committed participants from five high schools across Dallas Independent School District and look forward to impacting the lives of thousands of teens locally and nationally. I am very grateful to have participated and to be Alumni of Venture Forth!