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Entrepreneurial Students Around the World Come to TCU April 11-12 to Compete for Best Values-Centered Idea

What if you had an idea for a profitable business that also made the world a little better? If you are a bright young business student, you’d bring it to TCU.

April 01,  2014

By Elaine Cole

That’s the inspiration behind TCU’s Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition, presented by the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center: to gather the best young minds in business and let them compete for the best plan that incorporates values, ethics and/or service into a for-profit business.

This year, students from 22 U.S. universities and five other countries are coming to TCU April 11-12, to compete for more than $70,000 in total cash prizes. More than 50 business leaders will serve as judges and mentors. (Names of judges are being withheld until after the competition.)

All teams will present Friday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in five simultaneous flights. The top team from each flight will advance to the final competition Saturday, April 12, along with the top two teams chosen from a lightning round Friday afternoon (2-4 p.m.) of the second-place teams from each flight. Finalist presentations will take place Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adding another chance to win, all teams will choose one representative to compete in an elevator pitch Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Prizes for the winning teams are:
Grand Prize, $25,000
2nd Place, $15,000
3rd Place, $10,000
Honorable Mention (four awards), $2,500 ea.
Elevator Pitch, 1st Place, $1,000, 2nd Place $500, 3rd Place $250
Special awards include:
Founders Award chosen by Nancy Tartaglino Richards and Lisa Barrentine, $5,000
Quicksilver Resources Energy Independence Award for innovative energy-related concept, $5,000

2014 Participating Universities:

U.S. Universities
Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C
Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.
George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Regis University, Denver. Colo.
Samford University, Birmingham, Ala.
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas
Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.
University of Houston, Houston, Texas
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wis.
Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.
Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio

Other Countries
Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
J.J. Strossmayer University Osijek, Osijek, Croatia
Monterrey Institute of Technology, Monterrey, Mexico
Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland 

4 Ways to Follow the Competition

  1. In Person. The competition is free to watch and open to the public, come and go, Friday, April 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., and Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Brown-Lupton University Union, 2901 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76109. Schedule will be available online at
  2. On Twitter. @NeeleySchoolTCU #valuesandventuresTCU
  3. On Facebook.
  4. Live Feed. Finalists’ presentations Saturday morning, 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m., and awards presentation Saturday evening, 8-9 p.m., will be broadcast live at