November 06, 2013

TCU Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization Named Best Student Chapter in the Nation

The TCU Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (TCU CEO) was named the best in the nation at the national conference in Chicago, besting more than 200 other chapters based on leadership, membership and accomplishments.

“TCU has built a strong entrepreneurial culture within their campus and community, and their students embody the true passion and spirit of the entrepreneur,” said Michael Luchies, national growth and programs manager for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization based in Chicago. “We are proud to have TCU as a CEO chapter and congratulate them for being awarded the best chapter of 2013.”

For the competition, each of the 230 chapters at universities across the U.S. submits a two-page overview of the past year. Three finalists are selected to present to a panel of judges. The 2013 finalists were Texas State, University of Nebraska at Omaha and TCU.  

TCU CEO officers Courtney Schmit, Cole Petrie, Daniel Pino and Jacquie Hunt traveled to Chicago to make the presentation at the CEO national conference. In their presentation, they talked about their large, active membership.

“We actively went to every college on campus and recruited members, so we now have representation from disciplines across TCU,” Cole Petrie, TCU CEO vice president of operations and finance-real estate major, said.

They also pointed out the many networking opportunities, such as partnerships with TECH Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Dinner with a CEO, Distinguished Speaker Series and road trips to visit successful entrepreneurial businesses. They highlighted skill-building opportunities such as monthly lunch and learn programs and an all-day entrepreneurial boot camp. They also mentioned numerous competitions that students take part in across the U.S., including the Neeley School’s prestigious Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition.

“I think our presentation skills were likely what ended up winning over the judges,” Courtney Schmit, vice president of membership for TCU CEO and a marketing major, said. “Neeley prepares us to give professional, polished presentations, and that enabled us to share the many aspects of TCU CEO that make it the best in the nation.”

TCU CEO is supported by the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center and more than 20 TCU faculty members, TCU Coleman Faculty Fellows, who incorporate entrepreneurial thinking and innovation into courses all across TCU.

For more information about TCU CEO and the undergraduate entrepreneurship program at TCU, ranked No. 6 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek, visit   


Elaine Cole
PR Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU