Innovate Fort Worth: Jessica Essl of M2GVentures

Jessica 2In the latest episode of Innovate Fort Worth, the podcast dedicated to showcasing local innovation and the trailblazers behind it, Jessica Miller Essl took the spotlight. Co-president of M2G Ventures, a pioneering women-owned real estate investment and development firm, Essl shared her insights and experiences that have driven the company’s mission of inspiring creative reuse, innovation and impact through real estate in Fort Worth.

As the co-president of M2G Ventures, Essl, along with her sister Susan Miller Gruppi, has led the charge in redefining the landscape of Fort Worth. Through innovative projects like Mule Alley in the Stockyards, the Foundry District and the OB Macaroni Building in the Near Southside, M2G Ventures has been at the forefront of industry disruption, creating iconic spaces that blend functionality and aesthetics seamlessly.

Hosted by Cameron Cushman, Innovate Fort Worth delves into the stories of those who are making a significant mark on their communities, and Essl’s transformative work in the real estate industry caught the attention of listeners in this engaging episode.

The conversation naturally gravitated toward some of M2G Ventures’ most transformative projects. Jessica shared the vision behind the Mule Alley redevelopment development and its evolution into the vibrant space it is today. These 100-year-old mule barns now house some of the most innovative tech companies in the city as well as high-end retail shops. The OB Macaroni Building, home to numerous startups and innovative small businesses, was also spotlighted as an integral part of the Near Southside neighborhood’s fabric.

The podcast further explored M2G Ventures’ dedication to community impact and mental health initiatives. Jessica highlighted the company’s mission to give back and emphasized the importance of making a positive difference in the communities they serve.

Listeners gained insight into Essl’s thoughts on fostering innovation in Fort Worth and her perspectives on where the city’s real estate industry can push boundaries. The dynamic of working alongside family members was also discussed, shedding light on the unique aspects of co-leading a company with a sibling. Jessica provided a sneak peek into some of M2G Ventures’ upcoming projects. The episode concluded with Jessica expressing her admiration for local innovators and thanking the host for the opportunity to share her journey and insights.

For those interested in learning more about Essa and M2G Ventures, visit

The podcast is proudly presented by HSC Next, a department of The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, dedicated to fostering innovation and teamwork in their pursuit of improving the human condition.

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