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Entrepreneurial Students from 49 Universities Come to TCU April 10-11 for Values-Based Business Competition

Combine making a profit with doing something meaningful, and you get brilliant ideas from students around the world for TCU’s Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition.  

March 30,  2015

By Elaine Cole

Students from a record 49 universities are coming to TCU April 10-11 to compete for more than $70,000 in total cash prizes in the 5th annual Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition ( More than 50 business and civic leaders will serve as judges and mentors.

Each year, TCU’s Neeley Entrepreneurship Center invites entrepreneurial-minded college students to compete for the best plan that incorporates values, ethics and/or service into a for-profit business. The competition, founded by the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center and real estate entrepreneurs Nancy Tartaglino Richards and Lisa Barrentine, began in 2011 with six schools competing.

All 49 teams will present in the Brown-Lupton University Union at TCU on Friday, April 10, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in seven simultaneous flights. The top team from each flight will advance to the final competition Saturday, April 12. The second place teams from each flight will compete in a lightning round Friday, 2:00-5:00 p.m., and the top two teams chosen from the lightning round will advance to the finals on Saturday. All nine finalist teams will complete on Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Adding another chance to win, all teams will choose one representative to compete in an elevator pitch competition, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Winners will be announced Saturday during an awards reception beginning at 4:00 p.m. and via live feed at  

Prizes are $25,000 for the Grand Prize, $15,000 for Second Place, $10,000 for Third Place, $5,000 for a special Founders Award and six Honorable Mentions for $2,500 each. For the Elevator Pitch Competition, prizes are $1,000 for First Place, $500 for Second, $250 for Third and three Honorable Mentions for $100 each.

Participating schools for 2015 are:

Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Brown University
DePaul University
Drexel University
Florida State University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Grand Valley State University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
Loyola Marymount University
Northern Kentucky University
Norwich University
Ohio University
Prairie View A&M University
Royal Roads University
Saint Leo University
Samford University
San Diego State University
Seton Hall University
Southern Methodist University
Southern University and A&M College
St. Mary’s University
Syracuse University
Tarleton State University
Texas Christian University
United States Air Force Academy
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of California-Irvine
University of Chicago
University of Dhaka/Bangladesh University of Professionals
University of Houston
University of Houston-Victoria
University of Iowa
University of North Texas
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Strathclyde
University of Tampa
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin- Whitewater
Villanova University
Walsh University
William Paterson University

Follow the Competition

On Campus: TCU Brown-Lupton University Union, 2901 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76109. The competition is free and open to the public, come and go. Complete schedule at
Twitter:@NeeleySchoolTCU #valuesandventures
Live Saturday finalist presentations, 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., and awards presentation 4:00–5:30 p.m.