TCU Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition

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TCU's Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition is a unique annual competition for undergraduate students around the world to pitch plans for businesses, products, or services that make a profit while also benefiting the environment, the community or a specific population - presented by the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center at Texas Christian University.

Timeline and Process (through TCU)

  • October 2016: Intent to Compete Registration opens
  • March 3, 2017: Executive Summary of Venture Concept, short answer questions and application (Deadline for Submission)
  • March 7, 2017: Schools selected to compete notified
  • April 7, 2017: Business Plan (Deadline for Submission)
  • April 21-22, 2017: Competition on TCU Campus

Values-Centered Enterprise:  Ventures submitted for the Values and Ventures® competition must be for-profit, values-centered enterprises. This is not a competition for nonprofit social enterprises. Examples include: for-profit businesses that also support the social or economic goals of customers, communities, employees and their families, suppliers and/or the environment. Consider contributions to sustainability, innovations in health and life sciences, innovations in energy, or opportunities for under-represented groups in business. Winning examples are showcased on the TCU Website.

Fees and Expenses:  There is no fee for participation. TCU pays for lodging for each team (up to three rooms) for three days in a premier Fort Worth hotel, including all transportation to and from the hotel to TCU. Air/ground transportation to/from Fort Worth, Texas, is not included.


Grand Prize:                        $25,000

Second Place:                      $15,000

Third Place:                          $10,000

Founders Award:                   $5,000

Honorable Mention (6):        $2,500

Elevator Pitch 1st Place:       $1,000

Elevator Pitch 2nd Place:         $500

Elevator Pitch 3rd Place:          $250

Visit the TCU Values and Ventures Website for more information about this competition.