TCU’s Values and Ventures Competition Rewards Students Who Have a Head for Business and Heart for Humanity

Some people think business is just about making money, but a lot of college students want to make a difference while making a profit. They’re coming to TCU April 21-22 to show us how.

College students from 51 universities in the United States, Canada, Scotland, Croatia and Bangladesh are coming to TCU April 21-22 to pitch ideas for businesses that make a difference while making a profit.

They’ll vie for more than $70,000 in cash prizes to make those ideas a reality, thanks to TCU’s Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition®.

Values and Ventures® is not like any other college business plan competition. Students must present a plan for a for-profit business that benefits the community, environment or a particular population. Past winners include mattress recycling plants that employ former inmates, affordable banking kiosks for underserved populations and human-powered grain machines for remote areas of Africa.

This year is the seventh year for the competition, presented by the TCU Neeley Entrepreneurship Center. Co-founders are Dallas real estate and technology entrepreneurs Nancy Tartaglino Richards and Lisa Barrentine of First Preston HT.

More than 100 business professionals serve as judges and mentors.

All 51 teams will compete Friday morning, April 21, in seven simultaneous flights. The top team from each flight will advance to the finals Saturday, April 22. 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. All teams will compete in an elevator pitch competition Saturday.

Winners will be announced Saturday afternoon.

Participating schools for the 2017 competition are as follows:

Bangladesh University of Professionals

California Lutheran University

California Polytechnic University-Pomona

California State University-San Bernardino

Emory University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida State University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Grand Valley State University

James Madison University

JJ Strossmeyer University

Johns Hopkins University

Kennesaw State University

Loyola Marymount University

Michigan State University

Millikin University

North Carolina State University

Ohio University

Prairie View A&M University

Royal Roads University

Saint Leo University

Siena College

Southern Methodist University

St. Mary’s University

Tarleton State University

Texas Christian University

United States Air Force Academy

University of Alabama

University of Arizona

University of California-Irvine

University of Central Oklahoma

University of Chicago

University of Florida

University of Houston

University of Iowa

University of Michigan

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Oklahoma

University of Pikeville

University of Strathclyde

University of Tennessee

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Dallas

University of Virginia

University of Western Ontario

University of Wisconsin- Whitewater

Wake Forest University

Walsh University

Washington University in St. Louis

The public is welcome at all stages of the event. A full schedule is available at