Neeley Entrepreneurship Center | Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition

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Celebrating Seven Years in 2017

2011 6 University: Babson, Belmont, TCU, Houston, Wake Forest and NYU. 
Total Prize Money: $17,000
5 Judges
Grand Prize: Belmont, Spring Back Recycling
2012 22 Universities from the U.S. and around the world. 
Total Prize Money: $32,500. 
26 judges 
Grand Prize: University of Houston team, Unlimiters
2013 28 Universities from the U.S. and around the world
Total Prize Money: $40,000.
40 Judges and Mentors
Grand Prize: George Washington University, Crowdvance,
2014 32 Universities: U.S., Scotland, Canada, Mexico, Croatia, Netherlands
Total Prize Money: $71,500
50 Judges and Mentors
Grand Prize: University of Arkansas, Biobotic Solutions
2015 49 Universities: U.S., Canada, Scotland, Bangladesh
Total Prize Money: $80,300
77 Judges and Mentors
Grand Prize: San Diego State University, W.E. Do Good TM
2016 47 Universities: U.S., Scotland, Indonesia
Total cash and in-kind support awarded: $500,000
91 Judges and Mentors
Grand Prize: Loyola Marymount University, InterWallet
2017 51 Universities: U.S., Canada, Croatia, Bangladesh, Scotland
Total cash and in-kind support awarded: $250,000
101 Judges and Mentors
Grand Prize: University of Iowa, Health Tech Solutions

Unique Mission 
The Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition stands out from other business plan competitions by focusing on for-profit enterprises that specifically impact society in meaningful ways. Plans must demonstrate a societal or environmental need to be filled, as well as the profitability of the business.

Values-Centered Enterprise Concepts 
A values-centered enterprise assures sustainable prosperity while also supporting the needs of company owners and shareholders, employees and their families, suppliers, customers, communities and the environment. Concepts submitted for this competition should seek to contribute to the health and well-being of specific internal or external stakeholders through its proposed products, services and profits. Examples could include contributions to sustainability, innovations in the health and life sciences, innovations in energy or opportunities for under-represented groups in business.

Geo Washington with Lisa and Nancy

Founders Nancy Tartaglino Richards and Lisa Barrentine with the 2013 Grand Prize winners