Boost Metal Wins $7,500 from the McAllen Business Plan Competition

McAllen, TX – Since 2011, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Economic Development Corporation have provided more than $45,000 in awards to 8 different entrepreneurs. The contest awards a prize $7,500 every year to the winner. The intent of the program is to foster new business creation and expansion in McAllen. The competition is for new, independent, for-profit ventures in the seeding or start-up stages in the McAllen.

The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms. The judges function as venture capital investors deciding on which business venture they would most likely fund. The quality of the idea, the strength of the management team, and the clarity and persuasiveness of the written plan and oral presentation, all influence the judges’ decisions. Ultimately, the winning team should be the team in which the judges would most likely invest money.

This year, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Economic Development Corporation along with an amazing panel of judges selected Gilberto Villarreal with his project Boost Metal as the 2018 McAllen Business Plan Competition winner. Boost Metal will use the funds to launch their new project “Aluminum Pergolas” which provides a rigid structure for patios and outdoors with a customized design. The pergolas are designed to last a minimum of 10 years, consequently adding value to the customer’s property.

“There is an incredibly strong entrepreneurial spirit among the McAllen community, which is apparent in the innovative and socially-minded business ideas that are showcased through the contest,” said Jorge Sanchez, Vice President of Business Development and Start-ups.

For additional information regarding the McAllen Business Plan Competition grant award, please contact Jorge Sanchez at 956-682-2871 or at