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October 25, 2018
TCU Announces New Neeley Institute
for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
– by Alex Edwards
TCU students called out, and
their university answered — bringing to campus the Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship
Formerly the Neeley
Entrepreneurship Center, the upgrade comes from students, staff, and the
community demanding more access to opportunity. In a campus-wide effort, the
new institute plans to emphasize entrepreneurial endeavors and faculty research
to benefit startups and small businesses.
co-curricular focus is intended to support TCU students in any major and
relevant entrepreneurship research efforts. It also hopes to be a strong
partnership with Dallas-Fort Worth economic drivers of entrepreneurship and
A renowned leader in
the entrepreneur education space, Rodney D’Souza will serve as the new director
of the updated institute.
“At the student level,
entrepreneurship lives all across campus. The institute is designed to
intentionally empower students from every school on TCU’s campus to discover,
build on, and achieve their entrepreneurial dreams,” D’Souza told Dallas Innovates. “Our award-winning co-curricular
programs and strong entrepreneurship curriculum provide students with the
mindset, knowledge, and resources to be successful.”
Most recently, D’Souza
was the Fifth Third Bank Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship and director of
the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northern Kentucky University.
Also a business owner and angel fund manager, according to a release, D’Souza
has developed undergraduate courses on various topics, like: entrepreneurial
mindset, opportunity recognition, idea valuation, new venture creation, new
venture management, and business plan writing.
D’Souza says he has a
passionate, experienced team—including Brad Hancock, Keith Hmieleski, Matt
Smilor, and Cindy James—to usher in the next chapter of innovation and
entrepreneurship at TCU. He hopes to build on past success, keeping the
reputation as a top-ranked entity.
“In our community and
beyond, we intend to grow our relationships with community partners by
continuing to engage our students with companies and organizations such as the
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and TECH Fort Worth, as well as involving
faculty in cross-campus research projects focused on entrepreneurship and small
business,” he says.
The Neeley Center launched in 1999, garnering a fast reputation
as a catalyst for students to achieve their dreams of becoming business owners.
From 2012-2017, the school was ranked in the top 25 U.S. Undergraduate Schools
for Entrepreneurship in Entrepreneur magazine.
The new institute will continue to run already successful
programs established by the original Neeley Center, including:
Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition: A global
annual competition for undergraduate college students to visit TCU for the
chance to win funding for conscious capitalism ventures.
Shaddock Venture Capital Fund: Each year, TCU students review their peers’ business
plans for potential cash grants of up to $20,000 in funding.
Pitch Competition: TCU students pitch their business ideas to a judge’s
panel to possibly earn cash prizes.
Intern Scholars Program: An internship program in which students are paired with
TECH Fort Worth business owners.
and Pat Bolin Innovation Forum: In this free annual event,
national leaders who have transformed their industry or field are invited to
the TCU campus.
Club at TCU: This club, open to any major, brings successful
entrepreneurs to campus, organizes road trips, supports student businesses, and
coordinates a mentor program.
To learn more about the program, see events, or get
involved, visit here.