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TCU's Values and Ventures Competition Rewards Students Who Believe Business Can Be a Force for Good

Sure, college students want to make money, but many of them also want to make a difference. We invited them to TCU April 5-6 to show us how, and give them a chance to win $100,000 in cash prizes.

April 03, 2019

By Elaine Cole

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

College students from 56 universities in the United States, Canada, Scotland, Poland, Nigeria and Bangladesh are coming to TCU April 5-6 to pitch ideas for businesses that make a difference while making a profit. 

Values and Ventures team

They’ll vie for more than $100,000 in cash prizes to make those ideas a reality, thanks to TCU’s ninth annual Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition

This is not like any other college business plan competition. These inspiring students will present ideas for businesses that also benefit the community, the environment or a specific population. Past winners include mattress recycling plants that employ former inmates, accessible, affordable autism treatment and modernized communications systems for organ transplants. 

The competition is presented each year by the TCU Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Co-founders are Dallas real estate and technology entrepreneurs Nancy Tartaglino Richards and Lisa Barrentine of First Preston HT. 

More than 100 DFW business professionals serve as judges and mentors. 

All 56 teams will compete in Round 1 Friday morning, April 5, at TCU’s Brown Lupton University Union, in seven simultaneous flights. The top team from each flight will advance to the Final Round Saturday, April 6. Second-place teams from each flight will compete in Round 2, a lightning round Friday afternoon. The top two teams from the lightning round will also compete in the Final Round on Saturday. 

The TCU team will present at 12:40 p.m. Friday in Round 1. 

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

Winners will be announced Saturday afternoon at the Champions Club in Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Grand Prize is $40,000; second place is $25,000; third place is $15,000; and six honorable mentions receive $2,500 each. Additional special cash awards and cash prizes for the elevator pitch competition add thee chance for winning. 

Values and Ventures team

2019 Participating Values and Ventures® Universities are:

American University
Auburn University
Babson College
Bangladesh University of Professionals
Brigham Young University
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo
California State University-San Bernardino
Federal University of Technology, Nigeria
Ferris State University
Fort Hays State University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grand Valley State University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Lake Forest University
Loyola Marymount University
Miami University of Ohio
Michigan State University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Northern Kentucky University
Northwestern University
Oklahoma State University
Quinnipiac University
Saint Leo University
San Diego State University
Southern Methodist University 

St. Mary’s University
Syracuse University
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University 
United States Air Force Academy 
University of Arkansas
University of California-Irvine
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Houston 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of New Mexico
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Strathclyde, Scotland
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Incarnate Word
University of Virginia
University of Waterloo, Canada
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Walsh University
Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
Wartburg College
Washburn University
Washington University in St. Louis
West Virginia University

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Follow the action and awards announcements on Twitter @NeeleySchoolTCU #valuesandventures and Facebook The public is welcome at all stages of the event. A full schedule is available at