Total of $150,000 More in Cash Grants to be Awarded Over the Course of the Year
(Austin, TX) – Jeffrey Stuffings was voted as the seventh Inspiration Grant winner this Sunday for his startup business, Jester King Craft Brewery. The grant was presented by the Million Dollar Road Trip (MDRT):a national advertising campaign that awards cash grants to entrepreneurs from around the country who demonstrate a commitment to pursuing their passions.
Jester King is an authentic farmhouse brewery that was started by Stuffings, his brother Michael, and their friend Ron Extract. A former lawyer, Stuffings decided to quit his job last year and began raising capital to start the brewery. As part of Austin Beer Week, the first keg of Jester King’s Wytchmaker Rye India Pale Ale will make its debut tonight at Draught House in Austin.
“We’re honored to have received the grant and would like to thank everyone who supported us,” says Stuffings. “The Million Dollar Road trip is proof that an idea, creativity, and hard work can go a long way both literally and figuratively.”
Walter and Patrick Hessert created MDRT out of a shared passion for entrepreneurship, travel, meeting inspiring people, and creating unique experiences. They are traveling over 40,000 miles, visiting 48 states, and passing through 50 of the nation’s largest cities in a 23-foot long bright blue Airstream trailer. Every two weeks new grant candidates, whom the brothers meet on the road, are posted on the MDRT website where the public can vote for the most inspiring entrepreneur. The biweekly winners are awarded $500 and advertising space. By the trip’s end, over $150,000 in cash grants will be given away to small businesses and start-ups.
Walter Hessert says, “Awarding Inspiration Grants is our way of supporting local entrepreneurs. We believe in the importance of people like Jeffrey who are following their passions and acting audaciously. We are inspired by their new ideas and bold action. Our goal is to reward those who have taken risk to create some enterprise whether it is a business, arts project, or non-profit.”
About Million Dollar Road Trip: MDRT is a memorable mobile marketing tool utilizing logo placement, promotional marketing, and social media. MDRT will visit 48 states over the course of a year with the goal of selling $1 million dollars worth of advertising. The mission is to celebrate the entrepreneurship in America by highlighting ambitious and creative people throughout the country. MDRT awards cash grants to young Americans who inspire others with their passion and audacity.