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TCU Students with Values-Based Business Ideas Can Win $2,500 Now and a Chance at $100,000 in April

If you have an idea for a product, app or service that employs business concepts to solve a social problem, you could win cash and support to make it a reality.

February 12, 2020

By Elaine Cole,

Ten years ago, the TCU Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation had a dream: reward college students who come up with innovative business ideas that make a profit while also making a valid impact on our community. 

They created the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition to do just that. 

Mavis Tang, Devan Peplow and Maddie Kingbury

To celebrate the competition’s 10th anniversary, the Institute raised the total cash prizes for the global competition from $100,000+ to $200,000+. 

Here is your chance to win.

TCU students from any major can compete in the internal Values and Ventures competition on February 25, 2020, for a chance to win $2,500 First Place, $1,500 Second Place or $1,000 Third Place. First place advances to represent TCU at the global competition in April – and the chance to win some of that $200,000. 

Values and Ventures® TCU Internal Competition
February 25, 2020
5:00 p.m. till the last pitch
NEEL 1530 (Smith Hall)

Submit your application and an executive summary at


  1. Undergraduate only.
  2. Each team must have at least 2 students.
  3. Pitch your plan for an original for-profit venture with a distinct values component.
  4. Each team has 8 minutes to pitch and 10 minutes for Q&A.
  5. Include how you will use the winnings to advance your idea.

First Place in this TCU internal competition advances to represent TCU in the global Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition April 24-25, 2020, at TCU. Grand Price: $100,000. Second: $40,000. Third: $20,000. Honorable Mentions: $5,000 each.