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Students Around the World Ready to Make a Profit While Making a Difference

TCU’s Values and Ventures Competition April 8-9 invites students from 49 universities to prove how they can combine a profitable idea with doing something meaningful.   

March 11,  2016

By Elaine Cole

They come from as far away as Scotland and Indonesia, and as close as TCU and SMU.

They have a head for business, and a heart for humanity.

They have big plans for making a difference while making a profit, and on April 8-9, they are coming to TCU to vie for more than $70,000 in cash prizes to make those plans a reality.

The TCU Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition is not like any other college business plan competition. Students must present a plan for a for-profit business that benefits the community, the environment or a specific population either directly or indirectly. Past winners Spring Back Recycling are a great example.

The competition is presented each year by the TCU Neeley Entrepreneurship Center. It was founded by the NEC and Dallas real estate entrepreneurs Nancy Tartaglino Richards and Lisa Barrentine.

The 2016 competition will take place April 8-9 in the TCU Brown-Lupton University Union, with 49 teams competing and 50 business and civic leaders serving as judges and mentors.

All 49 teams will compete Friday morning, April 8, in seven simultaneous flights. The top team from each flight will advance to the finals Saturday morning, April 9.

Second-place teams from each flight will compete in a lightning round Friday afternoon. The top two teams from the lightning round will also compete in the finals on Saturday.

Adding another chance to win, all teams will compete in an elevator pitch competition Saturday.

Winners will be announced Saturday afternoon.

Participating schools for 2016 are:

Brigham Young University
Emory University
Florida State University
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Grand Valley State University
Harvard University
Hope College
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
Loyola Marymount University
Norwich University
Ohio University
Prairie View A&M University
Rice University
Richland College
Saint Leo University
Samford University
San Diego State University
Southern Methodist University
St. Mary’s University
Tarleton State University

Texas Christian University
United States Air Force Academy
University of Arkansas
University of Brawijaya (Indonesia)
University of California-Irvine
University of Chicago
University of Florida
University of Houston
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Maryland
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of North Carolina
University of North Texas
University of Strathclyde (Scotland)
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Notre Dame
University of Wisconsin- Whitewater
Villanova University
Walsh University
Wartburg College
Washington University in St. Louis
Xavier University

Follow the competition in person at TCU, on social media and via live stream. 

In person: TCU Brown-Lupton University Union, 2901 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, Texas. Free and open to the public, come and go. Complete schedule here:

Twitter:@NeeleySchoolTCU #valuesandventures