April 11, 2012

Neeley School Welcomes Students from 22 Universities to 2012 Values and Ventures Competition

Teams of undergraduate students from 22 universities around the world have been invited to the Neeley School of Business at TCU to compete for the best business plan that incorporates values, ethics and service into a for-profit business. The Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition, April 19-20, 2012, encourages undergraduate business students to create for-profit ventures that have strong business viability, meaning for the organization, and/or significantly improve quality of life.

“There are very few undergraduate business plan competitions, and this competition is even more unique in championing business plans that combine smart business practices with meaningful personal values,” said Ann McDonald, Director of the Values and Ventures Program at the Neeley School of Business.

Students submitted their written business plans to the Neeley School on April 9. They will come to TCU to make their presentations in front of a panel of judges on Thursday, April 19 at the BLUU. Finalists will present to different judges on Friday, April 20 in Smith Hall, room 104. Winners will be announced at an awards dinner that evening at the Omni Hotel hosted by the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center. The first place team will be awarded $15,000, second place will be awarded $10,000, third place $5,000 and fourth place $2,500.

Participating schools for the 2012 competition are:

  • Babson College, Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Wellesley, ME
  • Ball State University, Miller College of Business, Muncie, IN
  • Belmont University, College of Business Administration, Nashville, TN
  • Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • J.J. Strossmayer University Osijek, Faculty of Economics, Osijek, Croatia
  • Grand Valley State University, Seidman College of Business, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kansas State University, College of Business Administration, Manhattan, KS
  • Loyola Marymount University, College of Business Administration, Los Angeles, CA
  • Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Monterrey, Mexico
  • New York University, Stern School of Business, New York City, NY
  • Oklahoma State University, Spears School of Business, Stillwater, OK
  • Royal Roads University, School of Business, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Samford University, Brock School of Business, Birmingham, AL
  • Syracuse University, Whiteman School of Management, Syracuse, NY
  • Texas Christian University, Neeley School of Business, Fort Worth, TX
  • University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, Tucson, AZ
  • University of Arkansas, Walton College of Business, Fayetteville, AR
  • University of Houston, Bauer College of Business, Houston, TX
  • University of Oklahoma, Price College of Business, Norman, OK
  • Wake Forest University, Schools of Business, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Walsh University, DeVille School of Business, North Canton, OH
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, School of Business & Economics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

In the inaugural Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition last year, the student team from Belmont University won first place for their business plan that provides employment opportunities for the homeless and diverts waste from landfills by deconstructing and recycling used mattresses.

For more information about the 2012 Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition, visit www.neeley.tcu.edu/vandv.


Elaine Cole
PR Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU