2024 SBM
Startup Jam

2024 SBM Startup Jam

Help Dallas students turn their business dreams into reality

Thank you for considering making a donation to the SBM Startup Jam! Our consultants at Kelley Austin are coaching 50+ students across several teams at Marvin E. Robinson School of Business and Management (a local DISD high school), as they build out a business idea from scratch.

Students will pitch their business idea on stage in front of a panel of judges, where they'll receive a score and cash prizes to help make their business dreams a reality!

100% of your donation helps fund young, local entrepreneurs, who have big dreams of launching a thriving small business.

Donating is easy and secure. Any amount you can give, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. Your contribution will help us to achieve our fundraising goal and make a meaningful difference in the lives of these students.
2024 Startup Jam

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What this event means to kelley austin staff

Building KAmmunity

"It's immensely rewarding to witness young minds light up with curiosity and enthusiasm as they explore the possibilities of creating their own businesses and making a positive impact on their communities. I'm especially excited to find even more creative ways to empower the next generation with the tools, knowledge, and skills to succeed in both business and life."

Alex Lenox
Director, People & Processes
“It is extremely fulfilling to be able to promote an innovative environment for our future business owners, engineers and beyond. I find myself leading by example but also learning from their unique perspectives individually.”

Angela Zhang
Solution Architect
“Engaging in entrepreneurship activities with a team is always a worthwhile experience from brainstorming to market research and product launch! Having the opportunity to work locally with young scholars is a great way to broaden your mindset into current trends while facilitating real-world environments for the team to consider.”

Garrett Burnett
Solution Architect
“Jillian and I are both excited to work with our students and support their growth. Neither of us had a typical education or career path, and hope that our perspective helps the kids develop in unique ways. We both believe that true innovation comes when you start thinking beyond the textbooks, and want these students to have no fear of developing beyond their comfort levels."

Will Philpot
Sr. Project Manager
“To quote Whitney's song lyrics ‘I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.’ It feels gratifying to be part of the larger picture that guides these students by honing in on their critical thinking skills and practical application. If they have an edge and a kick start to their futures, we all win.”

Chris Mary Edwards
Sr. Project Manager
“Having an impact on the young and bright future leaders in our community is a priority of mine and the Kelley Austin team as a whole. The opportunity to be a part of their growth and skills development for achieving their goals is such a rewarding experience. I’m excited to hear about the impact they will have on the community now and moving forward!”

Duncan Brady
Sales Manager
"Working with these students has been so much fun! It is so exciting to hear their ideas and all of the passion they have."

Allison Long
Salesforce Consultant
"I love having the opportunity to coach the future workforce. One of the things on my happiness list is helping people grow personally and professionally. The enthusiasm and commitment by the students is inspiring and a true testament to the great work the teachers at DISD are doing."

Jeremy Wood
Practice Director, Managed Services
Marvin E. Robinson School of Business and Management
Photo courtesy of DISD
Campus Mission
To prepare all students for success by promoting academic achievement, promoting innovation in business education, and encouraging the personal well-being of all students.

Campus Vision
To be the premier urban high school that specializes in business education.

Event Details

May 2, 2024

6 - 8 PM CST

Marvin E. Robinson School of Business and Management
Townview Auditorium
1201 E 8th St
Dallas, TX 75203

*Students, family, DISD faculty, and Kelley Austin employees are welcome to attend the event.

Alex Lenox | Director, People & Processes

Event Q&A

Who is
Kelley Austin?

Kelley Austin is a technology consulting firm focusing on Salesforce that's local to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We help clients implement software that optimizes their processes, improves the quality of their products or services, and ultimately helps them grow their businesses.

Meet Our Team

Why are we hosting this event?

We advise businesses on the best practices for taking their business to the next level. Since we’re local to Dallas, we want to give back to the community and help young up-and-coming entrepreneurs grow their skill set and confidence in starting and building a thriving business from the ground up.

What is a Startup Jam?

It’s an entrepreneurship contest similar to Shark Tank, where students will split into teams, develop a business idea, and create a business plan and pitch deck.

The goal is for students to present their pitch on stage in front of a panel of judges, where they'll receive a score and cash prizes.

What are the prizes?

100% of your donation helps fund young, local entrepreneurs, who have big dreams of launching a thriving small business.

1st place: $1,000 per student
2nd place: $750 per student
3rd place: $500 per student
4th-10th: $200 per student

Who is welcome at the event?

Students, family, DISD faculty, and Kelley Austin employees.

Can I sponsor this event?

Sponsorships are welcome! If you're interested in sponsoring the event, please contact our team to learn more.

"Supporting the growth of the Dallas community is something extremely important to our company. What better way than to help future entrepreneurs by teaching them invaluable skills that will hopefully lead to job creation right here where we live."
Hunter Austin | Managing Partner