April 12, 2024

Four North Texas Entrepreneurs Make 2024 Inc. Female Founders 250 List

By David Seeley, Dallas Innovates, April 12, 2024

Based in Dallas and Fort Worth, the four local entrepreneurs pursue missions ranging from making healthy hair care accessible to all to turning locations into landmarks to blazing new trails in influencer marketing.

Inc. Magazine is out with its seventh annual Female Founders 250 list, spotlighting “the most dynamic women in business”—and four North Texas entrepreneurs have made their mark on it.

The list honors “boundaries-pushing” entrepreneurs whose innovations and ideas are “rewriting the rules of business.” Criteria for making the list included “quantifiable metrics like revenue, sales, revenue growth, funding, audience size, and more,” along with “qualitative metrics like social media momentum and stories of impact.”

Susan Gruppi Miller and Jessica Miller Essl
Co-Founders : M2G Ventures : Fort Worth

The identical twin founders were cited by Inc. “for increasing revenue by roughly $8 million in 2023 and reaching the company’s donation goal of $1 million to the UT Southwestern’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care.” At M2G, the co-founders invest in mixed-use and industrial real estate development projects. 

One of their endeavors has been “turning locations into landmarks,” as they did for the The Archetype, an industrial development near the Dallas Design District. But their pro-social focus agenda has been a big part of their shared mission. In 2022 alone, the co-founders raised more than $260,000 at their third annual fundraising gala, Art of the Mind, benefitting the UT Southwestern center—at that time raising their total funding for the center to over $700,000.

Like Gaines, the M2G co-founders were additionally cited by Inc. as “Trailblazers” for breaking barriers in a male-dominated field.