Our sponsors are the life blood of this annual awards ceremony. Explore them below.

Presenting Sponsor

Texas Capital

Texas Capital stands out as the premier institution in the regional banking sector, offering a comprehensive suite of commercial banking services tailored to the unique needs of Texas enterprises. With a deep understanding of the financial needs of small- to mid-sized businesses, Texas Capital offers solutions designed to support every business model. Our services include specialized lending, treasury management and strategic advisory, and we ensure our clients have the resources and personalized service they need to thrive in a competitive market. By combining robust industry capabilities with a client-centric approach, Texas Capital remains a trusted partner for businesses seeking to navigate the complexities of today’s economic landscape.

Program Sponsors

The William S. Spears Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The William S. Spears Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership is on a mission to help SMU students and alumni create new ventures and foster an ecosystem that improves lives and the economic prosperity of the North Texas community. To realize this mission, our focus is on programs, experiences, and opportunities that will catalyze ecosystem development, reducing the barriers to entrepreneurship, and provide meaningful funding, access, experience, market validation and talent that facilitates the translation of new ideas into successful commercial ventures. With this support, we believe that any SMU student or alumni has the potential to be a successful entrepreneur, and in turn, reap the rewards of significant value creation, economic growth, and job creation for our community.

Executive Press

Executive Press started as a small but feisty printing company focused on making our clients look good on paper. Over the years, traditional paper printing has evolved. So has Executive Press. We are no longer small, but we're just as feisty. It's not just about paper anymore either. Wood, plastic, acrylic, vinyl, metal, shirts, hats, and jackets to name a few.

Forvis Mazars

FORVIS, a top ranked firm in the United States and Mazars, an international partnership operating in more than 100 countries and territories, have officially launched a new global professional services network. Effective June 1, FORVIS and Mazars will operate under one brand globally, Forvis Mazars. Learn more by viewing our press release.

Hart Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

SMU Cox and SMU Lyle School of Engineering established the Hart Institute for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or HI-TIE, as a co-venture in 2019. Founded through the gracious support of Linda and Mitch Hart, HI-TIE provides SMU students with the opportunity to build and create new products and processes for the marketplace and develop business plans to determine how best to take these products to the world. It provides the perfect blend of engineering and business students working together to produce and commercialize new technologies, innovations and research.

Polsinelli Law Firm

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 20 offices nationwide. Recognized as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, Polsinelli is committed to meeting our clients’ expectations of what a law firm should be. Our attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, offering comprehensive corporate, transactional, litigation and regulatory services with a focus on health care, real estate, finance, technology, private equity and life sciences. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California, Polsinelli PC (Inc) in Florida.

USI Insurance Services

USI is one of the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the world, delivering property and casualty, employee benefits, personal risk, program and retirement solutions to large risk management clients, middle market companies, smaller firms and individuals.


MarketScale helps B2B companies engage their communities, by building, deploying and broadcasting original content that educates, inspires and informs. With MarketScale, companies can build their own podcasts, virtual events, original series, online universities and more.

Media Sponsors

Dallas Business Journal

The Dallas Business Journal features local business news about Dallas. We also provide tools to help businesses grow, network and hire.


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