February 27, 2012

The TCU Promise personified in Neeley's Values and Ventures Program

Jon Carr, Ray Smilor, Ann McDonald and Brad Hancock, left to right, are the heart and soul of the Values and Ventures program in the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, and were lauded recently as personifying TCU’s culture of communication and the TCU Promise.

The Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition debuted last year toencourage student entrepreneurs to recognize and live their own values when creating new enterprises, to champion their desire to do good while doing well.

This year, 25 universities from around the world will send entrepreneurial undergraduate teams to the TCU campus April 19-20 to be judged on their values-centered business plans, according to Ann McDonald, Director of the Values and Ventures program.  The international aspect adds a new dimension for all Neeley students who come to listen and learn from the presentations: exposure to concepts beyond their own experience, the true means of becoming global citizens.

Brad Hancock, Director of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, notes that being values-oriented is one way TCU is set apart from other entrepreneurial programs. “We’ve created a business plan competition where 20 percent of the judging is based on how well you incorporate personal values into business.”

Ray Smilorarrived at TCU in 2009 as the Robert and Edith Schumacher Executive Faculty Fellow in Innovation and Technology, and was enthused to join others here to “infuse the concept of one’s values and convictions across campus,” he says.

Ann, Brad, Ray and Jon Carr, assistant professor of Management, Entrepreneurship and Leadership,have worked all year to grow the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition

By upholding the TCU Promise, faculty, staff and students ultimately create a unique environment on campus and it's what we like to call the TCU Experience.

For more information on this year’s Richard Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan competition, visit www.neeley.tcu.edu/vandv.


Elaine Cole
PR Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU